Sterlite Inducts Jio’s Ex-MD Sandip Das To Advisory Board

Pune headquartered telecom firm Sterlite Wednesday announced the formation of its Advisory Board and inducted industry veterans like Sandip Das and BS Shantaraju to it.

“The Advisory Board will provide strategic guidance and direction on the company’s growth roadmap and focused capabilities in the highly evolving digital communications industry,” the company said in a statement.

The company said both Das and Shantharaju have experience in creating large customer and service oriented companies. Both are committed to work closely with Sterlite Tech in creating a smarter broadband infrastructure in the country.

Highlighting the role of the Advisory Board, Pravin Agarwal, Vice Chairman, Sterlite, said, “With the telecom space fast transforming, Sandip and Shantharaju will provide us insights and direction to achieve our purpose of transforming everyday living by delivering smarter networks.” He added, “These are exciting times for India as smarter broadband highways are required especially to realise the government’s vision of Digital India, Smart Cities and BharatNet.”

Very recently Das had served as MD of Reliance Jio. Besides he was Group-CEO, Maxis Communications and Hutchison Essar Telecom (now Vodafone), India. He was one of the founding members of private telephony in India and was part of the group of individuals that founded Hutchison Max Telecom in 1994.

Similarly, Shantharaju’s CEO experience spans over 15 years with Indus Towers, GMR Group, Delhi International Airport and Managing Director, Gujarat Gas Company. He was the CFO of SmithKline Pharmaceuticals as well.

“It is an absolute delight to seek industry insights and validation of our strategic direction. Both Sandip and Shantharaju are advising us on technology and governance systems to make the business future ready.” Adding further, he said, “We will continue to leverage their expertise on strategic approach, customer propositions and talent building,” said Anand Agarwal, CEO, Sterlite.

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