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Board of Directors
The Neotel Team
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Narasimhan Srinath

Non-Executive Chairman

Narasimhan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT (Chennai) and a Management Degree from IIM (Kolkata), specialising in Marketing and Systems.

Since joining the Tata Administrative Services in 1986, he has held positions in Project Management, Sales & Marketing, and Management in different Tata companies across the ICT sector over the past 24 years.

On completing his probation with the TAS in 1987, Narasimhan joined Tata Honeywell, a start-up in the business of process control systems, as Project Executive. He then moved to Tata Industries as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, an assignment he handled till March 1992. In that period, he was also part of the team that set up Tata Information Systems (later Tata IBM). From June 1992 to February 1998 he handled a number of assignments in Tata Information Systems Limited in Sales & Marketing to enterprise customers in the banking, retail, petroleum and process manufacturing sectors.

In March 1998, he returned to Tata Industries as General Manager (Projects) responsible for overseeing the project implementation of Tata Teleservices fixed line telecom service in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In April 1999, he took over as the Chief Operating Officer of Tata Teleservices responsible for Sales, Networks and Information Technology. From late 2000 till February 2002, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Internet Services, a start-up Internet Services business serving retail and enterprise customers.

Narasimhan joined Tata Communications (then known as VSNL) in 2002 as Director (Operations) when the Tata Group was selected as the strategic partner at the company. Since February 2007 he has been the Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited & CEO of the Tata Communications global group of companies. Under his leadership, Tata Communications has transformed from a monopoly, public sector undertaking into a global communications services provider offering advanced network, managed and cloud services to customers worldwide.

Narasimhan has received several recognitions in the telecom industry. He was named the ‘Telecom CEO of the Year’ in Asia by the leading publishing group Telecom Asia in the 2006 edition of their awards. The Institute of Economic Studies (IES), a research orientated organisation, conferred its Udyog Rattan Award on to him in November 2006. In 2008 and 2009, he was named as the world’s eighth most influential telecom personality by the Global Telecoms Business magazine as well as the ‘Telecom Person of the Year’ by the India-based Voice and Data magazine in 2008.

Since February 1st, 2011 he has been appointed as the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited one of India’s leading mobile service providers.

 

Vinod Kumar

Non-Executive Director

Vinod Kumar joined Tata Communications in April 2004. He was closely associated with the acquisitions of TGN and Teleglobe and assumed responsibility as Managing Director of the company's international operations.

Subsequently, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, whilst managing the Global Data Business Unit as well as the Engineering and Operations functions. Mr. Kumar was also appointed as a non-executive director on the Board of Tata Communications Limited in February 2007. In February 2011, Mr. Kumar was appointed as the Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited and Tata Communications Limited Group CEO.

Mr. Kumar has been at the forefront of Tata Communications' shift away from traditional network services towards managed services and recently, cloud computing.

With over 20 years of experience in the global telecom industry, Mr. Kumar has an impressive track record in developing business strategies and creating fast growth organisations across the world.

Prior to Tata Communications, he was Senior Vice President of Asia Netcom, responsible for generating top-line growth including strategy formulation, product marketing and sales. He was actively involved in the financial restructuring and eventual asset sale of Asia Global Crossing to China Netcom, resulting in the formation of Asia Netcom.

In 1999, Mr. Kumar joined WorldCom Japan as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, he held various senior positions in Global One in the United States and Asia where he had major responsibilities in market management, sales, marketing, product management, multinational account management and operations.

Mr. Kumar is a member of the Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead government agency responsible for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore's position as a global business centre and to grow the Singapore economy. Mr. Kumar is also a member of the Governing Council of Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) in Singapore, a premier institution for raising human capital management capabilities in Asia.

Mr. Kumar graduated with honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

 

Kennedy Memani

Non-Executive Director

Kennedy Memani is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA). He has extensive experience working with government ministries and on issues of restructuring including, privatisation and corporatisation.

Past projects and positions have included:

  • Representing the Ministry of Public Enterprises in the negotiations for the successful partial privatisation of Telkom and further representing the same ministry in the successful privatisation of Sun Air.
  • Engaged to advise in the successful privatisation of Airports Company of South Africa.
  • Co-chair of the Strategic Equity Partner search for SAA and Chairman of the Aventura privatisation process.
  • Created and managed a benchmarking process comparing RSA performance and processes for privatisation with worldwide best practice.
  • Participant in the National Framework Agreement process on privatisation.
  • Preparation of a master plan for the privatisation of Transnet.
  • Member of the board of directors of the SABC and Mnet.

Mr. Memani currently holds the following positions:

  • Chairman of Nexus Connexion
  • Chairman of the Eskom Pension Fund
  • Director and Principal in KREM Investment Holdings, KREM Capital and XKM & Associates (now called Burlington Consultants)
 

Raman Dhawan

Non-Executive Director

Raman is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom. He is currently Managing Director of Tata Africa Holdings (SA) (Pty) Limited - the strategic investment arm of Tata Communications in Africa.

Raman has been with Tata Group for over 30 years. As principal executive of TATA in Africa, he is responsible for coordinating all activities and operations of the Tata companies in Africa. Tata Africa has a strong presence in 11 African countries and its businesses include Automotive, Steel, Hospitality, Mining products, IT and Telecommunications, Chemical, Power and Farming. He guides and assists the board in making all major decisions relating to growth, diversification and fresh investment plans of Tata Group Companies in Africa.

 

Tri Pham

Non-Executive Director

Tri Pham is Chief Strategy Officer at Tata Communications, part of the $96.79 billion Tata group of companies. In this role, he is responsible for strategy formulation and execution, as well as managing all major strategic initiatives including growth plans, entry into new markets and mergers and acquisitions.

Tri has over 18 years of experience in the investment banking industry, focusing on the telecommunications, media and technology industries in Asia. He has advised many of the world’s leading info-communications companies and executed some of the largest mergers and acquisitions transactions in the region.

Most recently, Mr Pham has been running his own consultancy, having moved from HSBC where he was a managing director looking after TMT, Asia Pacific, from 2008 to 2011.

Mr Pham was also an executive director of ABN AMRO Bank from 2004 to 2008. During this time, he was co-head of TMT, Asia Pacific. Mr Pham was also a director at Merrill Lynch International from 1994 to 2003, where he was head of South East Asia TMT

 

Robert Offner

Non-Executive Director

Robert is a qualified Chartered Accountant, currently the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Committee member of Telecom Namibia. Telecom Namibia is the only integrated telecommunications solutions provider operating in Namibia, with a transmission network that is 100% digital. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of communication services and solutions in broadband, data and voice over fixed, fixed-wireless and mobile platforms.

 

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