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Intex Appoints Arun Kumar As Advisor -HR


In order to streamline its top leadership and bringing about a complete revival of the same Intex on Thursday appointed Arun Kumar as its HR Advisor.

Kumar comes with 35-plus years of exceptional experience in human resources, working from grass root to strategic level. He will be spearheading the gradual transformation in company’s policies aimed at enhancing employee engagement to deliver business goals. He will be working at the macro-level that will comprise of enhancing leadership capacity and building talent management of the company.

“Continuing to attract and retain the right people is essential as we consolidate our core skills and strengths across departments. Arun Kumar’s wealth of expertise in HR domain will be vital for Intex’s overall growth and perception by driving continuous improvement in HR policies and systems. I am confident under his guidance, the company will do whatever it takes to put the company in the right place with the right perspective,” said Intex CMD Narendra Bansal.

In the past Kumar has served in leadership positions in corporates like K.K. Modi Group, Escorts JCB Ltd, Hindustan Lever etc, where he has successfully brought people agenda to the forefront of business decision making process, partnering with business leaders and helping them realise their goals that are in sync with employee expectations.

On joining Intex Technologies, Arun Kumar said “I am honoured to take the challenging role at Intex Technologies, a leader on the high growth trajectory. Being a professionally-run organisation, it is our role to identify challenges and overcome them. It will be a long road and a continuous process to build an environment where issues are dealt humanely and with professional ethics. I look forward to being involved and contributing towards the company’s growth vision by establishing and strengthening best practices related to all aspects of HR.”

Arun Kumar has done Advance Management Program (AMP 175) from Harvard Business School, US and has done his Post graduation from Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi.

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Airtel Appoints Raj Pudipeddi As CMO, Director – Consumer Business


Bharti Airtel on Wednesday appointed Raj Pudipeddi as Director – Consumer Business and Chief Marketing Officer for its India operations. He will take charge from February 6, 2017 and will be a part of the Airtel Management Board. Raj will report to Bharti Airtel MD & CEO (India) Gopal Vittal.

“In line with our philosophy to bring on board the best of talent from across the globe, I am delighted at the appointment of Raj to lead our Consumer Business. At Airtel, we are obsessed with our customers and I am confident that Raj’s wealth of experience will add fresh perspective to our initiatives to constantly innovate and delight customers. I wish him the very best for his new role and look forward to working him,” said  Mr. Vittal.

In his new role, Raj will be responsible for driving market share, strengthening the Airtel brand and driving customer centric innovations within the teams.

Raj has over 22 years of work experience with Procter & Gamble across various functions and geographies. In his last role as Vice-President – Oral Care (North America), he led a large team across functions and sites, including manufacturing plants with P&L responsibility for a multi-billion business.

Prior to this, he was the General Manager for Latin America and managed multiple categories across countries while dealing with challenges of competition, currencies and other turbulent factors. Earlier, as Country Manager in Philippines, he led the turnaround of operations through a successful deployment of a new go-to-market strategy.

Between 2000 and 2010, Raj worked in the USA on various category roles including Paper and Family Care. He also had a two year assignment as Associate Director in Procter & Gamble’s global Wal-Mart team, with responsibility for managing the relationship with their biggest customer with sales of over $7 bn.

Raj is an Engineering graduate from Andhra University and completed his MBA from Indian Institute of Management – Lucknow.

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Gorilla Glass Maker Corning Appoints Amit Bansal As India MD

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Corning Incorporated, the makers of Gorilla Glass, that physically protects your smartphone,  has appointed Amit Bansal as its new managing director for its operations in India. Bansal will be based in Gurugram, Haryana and spearhead the US $10-billion company’s growth and operations while contributing to strategic planning for Corning in India.

“Amit has been an integral part of the organization and has contributed to the company’s growth in the country over the past several years,” said Thomas Appelt, president of Corning International Emerging Markets. “India is one of our priority markets and we aim to expand our business and deepen our business engagement in the core sector. Amit brings in immense experience and I am confident that he will drive company’s growth plans for India.”

Bansal will drive synergy across the various commercial organizations to grow Corning’s business in the country. Additionally, he will oversee Corning’s manufacturing operations in the country, business development efforts with the science and technology organization, and pursue new global supply management opportunities. Bansal has also been appointed to the Corning Finolex Board of Directors.

“I am excited to be a part of Corning’s journey in India and witness numerous growth avenues explored by the organization,” Bansal said. “Corning is an iconic global brand and the projected plans for growth in India seem very promising. I am committed to take the company’s vision forward and utilize all of my skills to ensure an accelerated growth trajectory for the company across verticals.”

Bansal brings almost two decades of extensive business experience both internationally and in India. Before joining Corning, Bansal played a key role in leading various commercial, merger, and acquisition initiatives at Axygen, a California-based life science company acquired by Corning in 2009. Additionally, Bansal is a qualified chartered accountant and holds degrees in finance and accounting.

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Airtel Appoints Badal Bagri As CFO

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Bharti Airtel on Wednesday appointed Badal Bagri as Chief Financial Officer for its India & South Asia operations with effect from January 16, 2017.

This will be Badal’s second stint with Airtel. He had previously worked with Airtel from 2010 to 2014 and was the Chief Controller for the Consumer Business as well as the Global Financial Controller. In his last role, Badal was the Chief Financial Officer at Aircel. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Micromax.

In his new role, Badal will lead the Finance teams across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to drive Airtel’s growth strategy. He will report to Nilanjan Roy, Global Chief Financial Officer, Bharti Airtel.

“We are delighted to have Badal back on board with us. I wish him the very best for his new role and look forward to work closely with him. His leadership, deep knowledge and rich experience will significantly contribute towards further strengthening our finance team as we steer ahead in our growth journey,” said Commenting on the appointment, Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Badal has over 22 years of work experience across telecom, FMCG, services and manufacturing having worked with leading conglomerates such as Genpact, GE, Coke and ICI. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University.

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Qualcomm Appoints Larry Paulson As India Head


Qualcomm today appointed Larry Paulson as its India chief. This position had been vacant since October 2016 when the then India head Sunil Lalvani quit the company to explore other opportunities. Qualcomm India’s VP for Government Affairs Parag Kar was then appointed as its interim chief.

Larry Paulson has joined as vice president and president of Qualcomm India and he ill report directly to Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific and India.

Paulson has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, R&D, customer development, product marketing and technology creation. He joined the Company in 2013 as vice president of product management for Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD), a product of the semiconductor business, QCT. Most recently, Paulson led the QCT Platforms organization and has expanded the Qualcomm Reference Design platform from the low tier to all MSM chipset tiers and into new categories, such as virtual reality. Paulson and his team also established the Qualcomm Global Pass program, which has been launched successfully in Latin America, North America, Europe, India and South East Asia.

Prior to Qualcomm, Paulson was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at BrightPoint. Before that, he held numerous positions at Nokia during his 20+ year career, including global senior vice president and general manager of Nokia’s worldwide CDMA device business with full P&L responsibility for all product and technology creation. He also oversaw Nokia’s ODM process with partners in China, Taiwan and Korea with responsibility for strategy, R&D, customer development and product marketing. Prior to that, Larry served as senior vice president, North America Business Development and president of Technophone (a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia).

“Larry has a long history in the wireless industry and experience in building cellular phones and running large businesses, all of which will be instrumental in his new role,” Cathey said. “He will provide leadership and drive business growth for Qualcomm in the region, and will oversee the sales and business organization in India with responsibility for all QCT and QTL go-to-market activities.”

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BICSI India Appoints Ninad Desai As District Chair


Industry association BICSI has elevated Ninad Desai as District Chair of BICSI India. Earlier he served the premier ICT association as its secretary.

The organization, in a statement, said Desai will spearhead BICSI India in catalyzing the growth of the ICT industry and strengthening the professional community, while enabling the fulfilment of its future goals and aspirations. Desai will further drive BICSI’s strategic programs and related key initiatives to empower ICT professionals to excel in their field of operation by placing key emphasis on education & training for ICT industry professionals.

“I feel extremely humbled and delighted to be given this opportunity, especially at a time when the industry is on the threshold of an exciting new journey wherein next generation networks and collaborative disruption together have created exciting times for our community and there’s a greater demand to ensure consistency in enterprise & communications network standards and need for stricter adherence to Quality of Service (QoS) requirements,” said Desai.

“We at BICSI India remain committed to offer the highest quality of education and training to ICT professionals and help them build relevant knowledge, skills & experiences to continuously adapt to the current industry requirements.” Being at the helm of BICSI India, I will continue to drive greater engagement with the industry, government and academia to foster the growth & advancement of the ICT community through training, collaboration and information sharing,” he added.

Some of the key priority areas that Desai is expected to look at include :

Focused programmes to strengthen the ICT community in India and empower the industry experts and leaders adopt global standards, industry best practices & methodologies.

Draw up more synergies and create an ICT ecosystem that brings together stakeholders from across the communications industry spectrum.

Foster tie-ups with government, academic institutions, leading associations & industry bodies in developing relevant ICT skill sets by delivering programmes on ICT design & installation and generate more such opportunities. Such partnerships would help enable the industry map existing and future skills requirements and help plug its skills demand-supply gap.

Build industry specific programmes to enhance engagement in developed and emerging markets across the ICT ecosystem and showcase technology adoption, insights & knowledge about the latest industry standards & practices.

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Airtel Payments Bank Appoints Dhiraj Sharda As Chief Digital Officer

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Airtel Payments Bank Wednesday appointed Dhiraj Sharda as its chief digital officer. He will be based out of Delhi and will report to the bank’s MD& CEO Shashi Arora.

In his new role, Dhiraj will be responsible for product development, digital delivery and development of digital marketing platforms for Airtel Payments Bank. He will also drive some of the proactive initiatives by Airtel Payments Bank to accelerate the adoption of digital/cashless payments across the country.

Airtel Payments Bank is the first and only payments bank to go live in the country and it has rolled out its services in four states – Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

Dhiraj brings with him over 15 years of rich work experience with start-ups and large companies in Silicon Valley (USA). Dhiraj joins Airtel Payments Bank from IAC (the parent company of Expedia, Match and, where he was Sr. Director of Product. In the past, he has worked with Prosper, Visa, AT&T, Yahoo and Wipro. Dhiraj has done his MS from Stanford University, USA and Computer Engineering from Pune University.

Airtel Payments Bank is a fully digital and paperless bank and customers can access services over their mobile phones, including all feature/basic mobile phones. The company claims the bank will develop a nationwide digital payments ecosystem of over 3 million merchant partners that will include small kirana stores, shops and restaurants etc. These merchant partners will accept digital payments for goods and services from the Payments Bank customers over mobile phones.

“We are pleased to have Dhiraj as part of our leadership team. I am confident that his rich experience will add value to our endeavour to deliver world-class digital banking and payments solutions to every Indian through innovative products. I wish Dhiraj all the very best for his new role and look forward to working with him,” said Shashi Arora, MD & CEO – Airtel Payments Bank.

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Ex-Zomato Head Joins FreeCharge To Lead Strategic Initiatives


Anand Sinha will leverage his experience to help FreeCharge scale up its merchant operations.

Digital Payments Company FreeCharge has appointed Anand Sinha as Director – Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives. Anand, who had co-founded PressPlay – India’s first Omni-channel entertainment platform and headed sales for Zomato, will help the wallet firm scale up its operations in India.

Anand brings to the table deep passion and experience of working in a startup landscape along with an intricate understanding of partnerships and consumer products. As the head of Strategic initiatives of FreeCharge, Anand will leverage his experience in leading both the online and offline partnerships to come up with new initiatives to take the company to new heights in the country.

Govind Rajan, Chief Executive Officer, FreeCharge expresses his delight with the appointment of Anand Sinha in this strategic role. He said, “We are absolutely delighted to have Anand on-board. At FreeCharge we are committed to elevate our services and products through infusion of a right mix of talent and experience in our team. We are certain that with his experience and business understanding, we will be seeing huge growth and success for the organization in the coming days.”

Even Anand Sinha shared his excitement about this new role. He said, “With a start in consumer shift towards digital money and a relentless focus of our Government on digital transactions, the payments landscape is at an very exciting stage. I look forward to the experience with FreeCharge and aim to deliver great success for the firm in these exciting times. I feel privileged and proud at having started this journey with FreeCharge.”

Anand, started his career with D.E. Shaw financial research team and is an alumni of Christ College, Bangalore.

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Raghunath Mandava Becomes Airtel Africa Chief


Airtel on Tuesday elevated Raghunath Mandava as managing director and CEO of its Africa business. He will take up this role beginning 2017.

At present Mandava is the chief operating officer at Airtel Africa.

“Raghu (Mandava) joined Airtel Africa as Chief Operating Officer in July, 2016 and having well settled in his role will take full leadership control. Raghu will be a permanent invitee to the Board of Bharti Airtel, representing Airtel Africa,” Airtel said in a statement.

Mandava, in the past, has served many leadership positions at the company. He joined Airtel in 2003 and has served as Director – Operations (India); Chief Marketing Officer (India); CEO – Rajasthan Circle (India) and COO – Tamil Nadu Circle (India).

Prior to joining Airtel, Raghu worked in Unilever in several sales and marketing roles. He is a B.Tech in Electronics from IIT, Kharagpur (1988 batch) and an MBA from IIM- Bangalore (1990 batch).

Christian Defaria who is the executive chairman at Airtel Africa will now look after Bharti Airtel’s international operations. He has been designated as Chairman Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV, with effect from January 1, 2017.

In November Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) through its wholly owned subsidiary, has completed the acquisition of Econet Wireless Limited’s entire 4.2% shareholding in Airtel Nigeria. As a result, Airtel’s overall holding in Airtel Nigeria has increased to 83.25%.

In the transition period, Airtel said, Christian will ensure smooth handing over of all operational matters to Raghu, and will continue to support Raghu and the team on Regulatory, Government and Shareholder matters.

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Airtel Digital TV Appoints Sunil Taldar As CEO


Bharti Airtel has appointed Sunil Taldar as CEO & Director of its DTH business unit – company’s digital TV portfolio. This post had been vacant since the serving CEO Shashi Arora was appointed as MD and CEO of the companys new business venture – Airtel Payments Bank.

Sunil will be a member of the Airtel Management Board and report to Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel. He takes over from Shashi Arora who after a successful stint of approximately five years as CEO – DTH has moved as MD & CEO, Airtel Payments Bank.

The company launched its payments bank on 23 November and the company said it acquired more than 10,000 customers within just two days.

In his new role, Sunil will be responsible for driving growth and innovation for Airtel Digital TV, which is a key growth driver within the company’s B2C portfolio.

In his last role, Sunil was Country Head – Indonesia for Mondelez, where he played a critical role in turning around the business. Prior to this, Sunil was India Sales Director for Cadbury where he transformed the company’s go to market capabilities and delivered solid growth.

“We are pleased to have Sunil as part of our leadership team and hope that his rich experience across consumer facing categories will add value to our DTH portfolio. I wish Sunil all the best for his new role and look forward to working with him. I would also thank Shashi for his valuable contribution to Airtel Digital TV,” said Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal.

Airtel said Sunil has a rich experience of over 28 years in the FMCG industry with Mondelez (erstwhile Cadbury), where he held several senior leadership positions across multiple geographies, including India, China, and Singapore across Sales, Marketing, Media and General Management.

Airtel Digital TV had over 12.4 million customers at the end of the quarter ended September 2016 and the business recorded a revenue growth of 21% and customer growth of 17% for the same period.

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