Profiles of our global leadership team.
Managing Director and Tata Communications Limited Group CEO
Vinod Kumar joined Tata Communications in April 2004, just when the company was embarking on its international growth. 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. Vinod was also appointed as a non-executive director on the Board of Tata Communications Limited in February 2007. In February 2011, he was appointed as the Managing Director and Group CEO of Tata Communications Limited.
Vinod has been at the forefront of Tata Communications’ transformation from a traditional connectivity services provider, largely in India, to a truly global services provider – offering a broad range of managed communication and collaboration services as well as IT infrastructure services, successfully transforming Tata Communications into a truly global organisation that delivers a new world of communications to its customers.
With over 20 years of experience in the global telecom industry, Vinod 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, Vinod joined World Com Japan as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, he held various senior positions in Global One in the United States and Asia where he has had major responsibilities in market management, sales, marketing product management, multinational account management and operations.
Vinod is Director of the Singapore 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 grow the Singapore economy. He is also the Chairman of its finance committee. He is a member of the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information Steering Committee and Chairman of the Ministry of Communications and Information Working Committee; Director of Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) in Singapore and the National Arts Council (NAC) as well as a member of the NAC Human Resource Committee and Strategic Review Committee.
Vinod was born in 1965 and graduated with honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.
President, Mobility and Cloud Enablement
Anthony Bartolo is responsible for the strategy, product offering and development of Tata Communications’ Unified Communications and Collaboration services.
Anthony has over 20 years of functional and general management experience in transformational, high growth environments, ranging from start‑ups to large cap public companies, spanning the telephony, wireless, data networking, RFID, P2P and social networking industries.
Prior to Tata Communications Anthony was at Avaya Communications, responsible for the company’s $2.5B Unified Communications and Contact Centre portfolios. As a leader of the company’s largest business units, Anthony was responsible for the 1400 product management, marketing, R&D, and operations employees who supported those portfolios.
Anthony’s previous roles include president and CEO of Skyrider Limited, a social networking start-up, and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Infrastructure and RFID Divisions for Symbol Technologies (acquired by Motorola). He has also held multiple senior leadership positions around the globe with Nortel Networks.
Anthony graduated with honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. He currently lives in Silicon Valley.
Pratibha K Advani
Chief Financial Officer
Pratibha has over two decades of varied experience ranging from financial strategy, project financing, M&A, risk management, and legal and secretarial. Prior to joining Tata Communications, Pratibha was the Chief Financial Officer at NIIT Technologies Ltd. where she led the Finance, Secretarial, Compliance, Regulatory, Legal, Secretarial and Investor Relations function for the group spanning across 24 subsidiaries and branches globally.
Pratibha started her career with ITC Ltd. and was the Chief Financial Officer at Barclays Shared Services Pvt. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Barclays Bank Plc) and Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer at GE-SBI Cards.
Pratibha has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant from ICAI. She was recently awarded the CNBC TV18 ‘CFO of the Year’ - 2014 award under the ITSS category and has many more accolades to her credit, including the Business Today ‘Best Woman CFO Award’ – 2014 and the GE Chairman’s Excellence Award for three successive years (2004-2006). Pratibha was also included in the CFO100 League of Honour – 2015.
Pratibha is married with two children and an extended family of four canines. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys her morning walk, yoga and swimming.
Chief Executive Officer - Tata Communications Transformation Services Ltd.
Sandeep Bhatnagar is Chief Executive Officer at Tata Communications Transformation Services Ltd. (TCTSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications Limited. Tata Communications is a part of the $96.79 billion Tata group. He is responsible for defining and delivering the next stage of business growth and providing overall leadership for TCTSL’s business globally. Sandeep also drives group synergies to create the ‘Service Factory’ within TCTSL for the group companies.
Sandeep joined TCTSL in May 2013 and has over two and half decades of experience in leading global organisations. Sandeep has been associated with leading Indian and multinational organisations such as CMC Limited, Siemens, HCL Technologies and Wipro Technologies in India, Germany and United Kingdom. He was instrumental in winning large transformational deals for Wipro in the telecom domain where he led the transformational engagement with a European telco and was responsible for enabling them to launch their commercial services in record time.
Sandeep is a keen learner and believes in the power of team work. He has built business portfolios and has managed and transformed complex business processes and operations in his assignments. He has developed expertise in large engagements and a deeper understanding of business verticals like Telecom, Retail, Automobile and Manufacturing amongst others.
Sandeep holds an Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master’s degree from BITS, Pilani and has a management degree from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi. Sandeep has also completed an Executive Management Programmes at IIM, Bangalore and Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia (USA).
He is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance to the company’s legal, regulatory and compliance functions.
Mr. Freeman’s responsibilities include overseeing a team of 42 expert legal counsel and support staff who are located across four continents as well as implementing and monitoring robust policies and procedures to ensure legal and regulatory compliance in the various jurisdictions in which Tata Communications has operations.
Mr. Freeman has over 15 years of international, cross board, telecommunications experience representing large multinational companies in legal and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Tata Communications in April 2004, he served as General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel to several multinational telecommunications / managed services companies headquartered in Asia, the US and Europe.
Mr. Freeman obtained both his undergraduate degrees (Economics / Political Science) as well as his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Global Head, Human Resources
Aadesh Goyal has over 25 years of experience in P&L management, human resources, operations, IT, corporate communications and program management and he has held global leadership roles in these functions across multiple geographies. He has also been involved in over a dozen M&As as well as played a key role in the integration of these companies, spread across multiple countries.
Aadesh joined Tata Communications in February 2010 from PeopleStrong HR Services where he was the Chairman and CEO.
Prior to PeopleStrong HR Services, Aadesh was part of the start-up team of Aricent/Hughes Software Systems where he spent 16 years in a variety of roles including Global Head of HR, CEO of its BPO Business, Head of the Gurgaon Centre and provided direction to IT and corporate communication functions. He was also a Director on the Board of this listed company.
Aadesh has a passion for community service and has been an active volunteer with The Art of Living since 2000.
He has a Masters in Management Studies from BITS-Pilan.
Chief Corporate Operations Officer
John Hayduk is the Corporate Operations Officer at Tata Communications, part of the $108.78 billion Tata group of companies. He is responsible for strengthening the company’s execution capability, driving achievement of the company goals, and leading the implementation of the company’s strategic vision that creates an open infrastructure, partner ecosystem and platforms for businesses to stay competitive in this digital age.
John has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and began his career at Bell Communications Research as a Senior Engineer in 1990.
John then took his expertise to Telcordia Technologies, where he spent the next 10 years in various senior management positions. One of these was as Group Senior Vice President, Network Systems where he led a large scale software development team focused on development of high volume, real time transaction processing systems and operations support systems for telecommunications service providers. In his last role at Telcordia Technologies, John held the position of Group Senior Vice President, Wireless Product Management where he was charged with developing and growing a new business unit focused on operations software for new service introduction and service assurance solutions targeted at wireless service providers.
John earned his Masters of Science degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Network Officer & Head—Customer Services and Operations
His key focus is to enhance the service capabilities and customer-facing activities organization for the company across the globe.
Madhusudhan is responsible for supporting Global Carrier (Voice and Data) & Enterprise Services (Network and Managed) operations including Service Delivery, Service Assurance, Service Management, Field Operations, Facility Support, Complex Solutions support, Technology Operations and Infrastructure Management. He also leads the Billing and Collections group.
His professional career spans over 25 years in the telecommunications and IT field, at BPL, AT&T, Lucent and Tata Communications in various leadership roles spanning engineering, network operations and customer service. He has led the rollout and operations of GSM, CDMA, NGN & MPLS networks across the globe during his career at Tata Communications and other companies where he has worked. Madhusudhan has also been instrumental in building organisational capabilities to support new and complex solutions surrounding Telepresence, voice & video services for enterprises, media and entertainment solutions, data centre services and cloud services.
Madhusudhan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Vishweshwarayya College of Engineering (UVCE) Bangalore, India.
Chief Executive Officer Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited
Tata Communications is a part of the $100.09 billion Tata group. He is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for TCPSL’s operations in India.
Sanjeev joined TCPSL in February 2013, just when the company was embarking on its next phase of growth. With over 20 years of experience in banking, he has held a broad range of leadership positions across payments, retail banking, product management, marketing and sales.
Prior to TCPSL, Sanjeev was the Executive Vice President of HDFC Bank, responsible for top-line growth including direct banking channels and strategic initiatives. He was actively involved in transforming the channel business transformation from service to sales, scaling the ATM business by 200 per cent. His experience was instrumental in synergising capabilities across large operations and manpower teams to significantly improve cost and operational efficiencies. Sanjeev has also been associated with leading organisations such as HSBC, ANZ Grindlays Asian Paints, Tata Motors and Thermax in the past.
He has been a member on influential forums such as the NPCI Steering Committee of National Financial Switch, Mobile Payments Forum of India and Interbank Mobile Payments System, all aimed at driving industry level policies.
Sanjeev was born in Bedford, United Kingdom and graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; a top ranking Asian business school.
Sanjeev lives in Mumbai with his wife and a son, and is an ardent reader. He is also a keen photographer and biker.
Chief Strategy Officer
Tri Pham is responsible for strategy formulation, execution and management of all major strategic initiatives at Tata Communications, 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 IT and telecommunications companies and executed some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in the region.
Most recently, Tri was running his own consultancy, having moved from HSBC where he was a Managing Director looking after TMT, Asia Pacific, from 2008 to 2011.
Tri was also an Executive Director at ABN AMRO Bank from 2004 to 2008. During this time, he was co-head of TMT, Asia Pacific. He was also a Director at Merrill Lynch International from 1994 to 2003, where he was head of South East Asia TMT.
Tri holds a bachelors and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the John Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Ford fellowship award.
Tri lives in Singapore with his wife and two sons.
Chief Executive Officer, Growth Ventures and Service Provider Group
Rangu Salgame leads a diverse multi-billion dollar portfolio of global businesses in carrier services, mobility, data centres, cloud and media. With customers in over 100 countries, the business serves over 1,600 telecom operators and reaches 85% of worldwide mobile subscribers, global Fortune 1000 companies, leading media houses and major sporting events like Formula One®.
Rangu has spent over 20 years working in more than 30 countries, connecting new markets to existing ones and turning company portfolios into ground-breaking offerings. He is a consummate relationship builder, earning customer trust, influencing policy changes, and partnering with government and business leaders in diverse cultural environments around the world.
He has a history of seizing opportune moments to create change, from building the Internet Business Group at Verizon (now known as Verizon Business) back in the late 1990’s, to establishing Cisco as a major player in India and other emerging markets in the early 2000s, to recognising the global need for cyber-security at scale in 2008. He is now applying that visionary thinking to Tata Communications’ business.
Rangu holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also has MS and BE degrees in Engineering. He lives in Princeton, NJ, with his wife and two children.
Head, Global Enterprise Business
Sumeet Walia is responsible for driving the growth of Tata Communications’ enterprise business across all verticals globally, including large enterprises and transformational sales.
Sumeet has more than 20 years of telecom experience and more than 10 years with the Tata group. Prior to the Tata group, he was a part of Hughes Telecom. At Tata Communications, Sumeet has been responsible for significantly growing the business over the years and has been instrumental in maintaining Tata Communications' leadership position in the enterprise data market in India. Over the past few years, Sumeet has also led Tata Communications' foray into next generation managed services and has been able to build a strong customer base for this portfolio in India.
In one of his earlier roles at Tata Communications as the Head of the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance vertical, Sumeet was instrumental in building a portfolio of specialised industry solutions for the banking Industry. This business is now an independent subsidiary named Tata Communications Banking InfraSolutions Limited and provides technology solutions like Managed ATM's, Managed POS and Hosted Core Banking to the banking industry.
President, Global Network Services, Cloud and Data Centre Services
Genius Wong is President, Global Network, Cloud and Data Centre Services for Tata Communications, part of the $103.3 billion Tata group of companies. With nearly two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, Genius heads up the Tata Communications’ Global Network, Cloud and Data Center Service business which includes all network connectivity solutions, as well as Enterprise Cloud, Hosting and Security services. She is also responsible for the engineering and the global network partnership function for these business lines.
Prior to joining Tata Communications, Genius served as Vice President - Product Management and Development for Asia Netcom, where she was responsible for the development, launch and management of Asia Netcom’s entire portfolio of products and services for both the Enterprise and Carrier markets. She also played a crucial role in the development of Asia Netcom’s IP services platform as well as the formulation of complex solutions to meet the unique requirements of individual customers.
Genius previously served as the General Manager of Technology Support and Development for New T&T, a FTNS operator in Hong Kong. In this role, she played a key part in the start-up of the organisation. Genius also worked for IBM IGN where she was an instrumental player in establishing the company’s presence in Hong Kong.
Genius holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in the United States.
Chief Marketing Officer, CEO of NextGen Business
Julie Woods-Moss is Chief Marketing Officer at Tata Communications, responsible for all company-wide marketing and communications. She is also CEO of NextGen business at Tata Communications, with P&L responsibility for business with "silicon valleys" around the globe. She is founder of Tata Communications' "Women of Work" group, established to improve policies and programmes to enable the development of women.
Julie is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Tata group brand (valued at $21.1 billion in 2014 by Brand Finance). She is also on the Big Data Advisory Board of The Boston Consulting Group. She is also a member of the judging panel for TM Forum Excellence Awards 2015. She has served as an advisor to leading analyst firm, Ovum, and the X-Prize Foundation, whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs in technology for the benefit of humanity.
She is also President of Woods-Moss Holdings, a company that specialises in venture development and has interest in a number of sectors, including cloud applications services and marketing sciences.
Julie began her career as an encryptor and she is a qualified telecommunications engineer (BEng) from Plymouth Polytechnic, University of Plymouth. She has more than 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles with leading international corporations including IBM, UPC and BT. At IBM, she was Director of Global Sales and Distribution for Mobile Solutions, Global Director of Marketing for SMEs, and Chief Operating Officer for IBM’s Emerging Markets.
Returning to Europe in 2000, she joined UPC, Europe’s largest cable company as Vice President - Marketing responsible for the Broadband business and tripled the European subscriber base in three years. She joined BT in 2004 and became Chief Marketing Officer & President of Strategy with responsibility for BT’s £5 billion products and services portfolio.
Julie is a member of the Marketing 50 and was recognised in 2012 by Women of Inspiration & Enterprise as a member of the Global Power 50. She has lived internationally since 1998 in Paris, New York, Amsterdam and Valencia. Now operating from the UK, Julie spends most of her time in the US and Asia.
She has featured in various print and digital business publications such as The Hindu BusinessLine, Marketing Week, Campaign, HumanResources Online, Marketing Magazine, and also regularly features in leading industry conferences as a speaker. She is married, with two sons. Julie stays fit with pilates and running, and relaxes by writing a regular blog.