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Recent movements in the telecom sector-December 2013

December 31, 2013
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Yogesh Malik resigns from Uninor

Yogesh Malik, chief executive officer (CEO), Uninor, has resigned. Sigve Brekke, executive vice-president (VP) and head, Asia operations, Telenor, has taken over as Uninor’s acting CEO. Malik had joined the company as chief operating officer (COO) in 2011 and was appointed CEO in May 2013. Prior to joining Uninor, he held executive positions at the Telenor group headquarters in Norway, and served as chief technology officer (CTO) of group companies in Ukraine and Bangladesh.

Sairam Prasad resigns from Bharti Infratel to join Axiata

Sairam Prasad has resigned as CTO, Bharti Infratel, and joined the Malaysia-based Axiata Group as director, technical (towers).  He joined Bharti Infratel in 2009 and was responsible for telecom passive network design, new technology deployment, planning network build-out, green energy initiatives and energy management, quality assurance and management, technical services, and operations and maintenance. Prior to his stint with Bharti Infratel, Prasad was associated with companies such as Idea Cellular and Tata Teleservices Limited.

Kaizad Heerjee to become Aircel’s CEO

Aircel is likely to elevate Kaizad Heerjee from position of COO to CEO. Former CEO Sandip Das left about eight months ago to join Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and the position has been vacant since. Heerjee joined Aircel in August 2012. Prior to this, he was serving as CEO at U Mobile, a Malaysian telecom service provider. The operator has reportedly sought security clearance from the Department of Telecommunications for Heerjee’s appointment as he holds a Singapore citizenship.

Viom Networks appoints Vivek Garg as CRO

Viom Networks has appointed Vivek Garg as chief relationship officer (CRO). He will report to Sudhir Prasad, COO. Prior to this, Garg was working as chief commercial director with Globacom, a Nigeria-based telecom operator. He has also served as senior executive vice-president (VP) and member of the wireless management board at Reliance Communications (RCOM). In the past, he has held several other senior positions at RCOM including head of national service operations. He has also worked with Tata Teleservices Limited.

Tata Communications appoints CSO

Tata Communications has appointed Tri Pham as chief strategy officer (CSO). Pham will be based in Singapore and will be responsible for strategy formulation and execution, with a focus on the company’s entry into new markets and mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Pham will also be a member of the company’s global management committee. Pham has advised several leading info-communications companies and has been involved with some of the largest M&A transactions in Asia.

AGC Networks appoints CFO

AGC Networks, a subsidiary of the Essar Group’s business processing outsourcing arm Aegis, has appointed V. Srinivasa Raghavan as chief financial officer (CFO). Raghavan will focus on the company’s financial operations. Also, he is expected to lead the company’s engagement with the investor community.

Telenor Group’s CEO elected GSMA chairman

Global industry body GSMA has appointed Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO, Telenor Group, as its chairman. He will serve in this capacity till December 2014. Baksaas has 25 years of experience and has been leading the Telenor Group since June 2002. In his new role, he will be responsible for initiating programmes to drive industry growth. Baksaas’s immediate priority is to extend network coverage and promote mobile internet usage.

Intelliverse Telecom India appoints V.R. Kirubakaran as country manager

Intelliverse Telecom India, a leading cloud-based communications service provider, has appointed V.R. Kirubakaran as country manager. Kirubakaran will focus on customer acquisition and channel partner expansion, and oversee the company’s strategies in India. Prior to this, Kirubakaran has worked with leading telecom and IT organisations such as Bharti Airtel and HCL Infosystems Limited.

Fortumo appoints Sanjay Sinha as GM, India

Estonia-based mobile payment service provider Fortumo has appointed Sanjay Sinha as its general manager (GM) for India. The company recently entered the Indian telecom space and set up its first office, in New Delhi, in September 2013. Prior to this, Sinha was serving as VP, sales and business development, ACL Mobile, a mobile value-added service company. In the past, Sinha has worked with Yahoo India Cellnext, Jaldi.com and Crescent Communications.

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