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June 15, 2010
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Bharti Airtel appoints Drew Kelton as president, enterprise services
Bharti Airtel has appointed Drew Kelton as president, enterprise services, for the India and South Asia regions. Kelton, who was earlier working with Telstra, has nearly three decades of experience, and has been based out of Europe, Australia and Asia in the past. In his new role at Bharti, his key responsibility will be to strengthen the company's international data services business and to help it become a leading global businessto-business organisation. He will be reporting to Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel.

Nokia restructures business and management
Nokia Corporation has restructured its management for the second time in less than a year. According to the new structure, which will come into effect from July 1, 2010, Nokia's devices and services business will be divided into three units -­ mobile solutions, mobile phones and markets. While the mobile solutions unit will focus on the high-end mobile computer and smartphone portfolio, the mobile phone unit will concentrate on Nokia's mobile phone portfolio based on the Series 40 operating system. The markets unit will look into sales and marketing, supply chains and sourcing segments.

The mobile solutions unit will be headed by Anssi Vanjoki, the mobile phones unit by Mary McDowell and the markets division by Niklas Savander. Kai Oistamo has been appointed chief development officer and head of corporate development by the company. Meanwhile, Rick Simonson, head of Nokia's mobile phones unit, has decided to retire, though he will continue to remain a senior adviser to the company. Nokia has also created a new position, that of chief technology officer, and appointed Rich Green for the same.

Orange Business Services appoints Bala Mahadevan as the Indian CEO
Orange Business Services, the enterprise communications subsidiary of France Telecom, has appointed Bala Mahadevan as chief executive officer (CEO) of its India operations. Mahadevan will be responsible for driving business growth for the company in India in the network, network-related services and information technology services domains.

Mauj Mobile's CEO Manoj Dawane puts in his papers
Manoj Dawane, CEO of Mauj Mobile, a part of the People Group, has put in his papers. However, Dawane, who was instrumental in building the company's brand, will continue to act as a strategic adviser to the Mauj Mobile team. He has more than a decade of industry experience behind him, and has worked with telecom majors such as Bharti Airtel and Hutchison. He is reported to be joining Ericsson.

In the interim period, Badri Sanjeevi, chief financial officer of the People Group, will take over as the CEO. He will report to Anupam Mittal, founder and chairman, People Group. Sanjeevi has earlier worked with Deloitte Consulting, tMobile UK and Arthur Andersen.

Gigaset Communications appoints Shahzad Ahmed as regional CEO
Gigaset Communications (formerly Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices) has appointed Shahzad Ahmed as CEO for the Middle East, Africa and India. Ahmed was earlier director, marketing, at the same company. He will now head the business operations, including sales and marketing management, of these regions. Ahmed has over two decades of international experience in marketing and sales. Prior to joining Gigaset, he was head of marketing at Samsung, Siemens Mobile and LG. He has an MBA degree and has been based in Dubai for the past 11 years.

Kirloskar sets up a manufacturing facility at Kagal
Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL), a leading manufacturer of diesel engines in India, has set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Five Star MIDC at Kagal near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. This greenfield plant, set up over an area of 165 acres, undertakes the production of airand water-cooled engines, pump sets and diesel generators. It has been designed on the principles of "lean manufacturing" and integrated quality assurance, with quality checks at every stage. The salient features of the plant are better quality control, greater flexibility, and incorporation of practices like "just in time" to bring down the logistics and inventory carrying costs. The plant has a capacity of manufacturing over 200,000 engines per annum, ranging from 4 hp to 120 hp. It has a dedicated in-house powder coating facility for engine components, making KOEL the first Indian company to introduce powder-coated engines with better corrosion resistance and aesthetics. The plant also has a dedicated unit for producing silent generators with an installed production capacity of 12,000 units per annum.

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