Board of Directors
Mr. Subodh Bhargava
Born in Agra in 1942, Mr. Subodh Bhargava holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee. He started his career with Balmer Lawrie & Co., Calcutta before joining the Eicher Group of Companies in Delhi in 1975. On March 31, 2000, he retired as the Group Chairman and Chief Executive and is now the Chairman Emeritus, Eicher Group.
Previously, he was the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Association of Indian Automobile Manufacturers; and the Vice President of the Tractor Manufacturers Association. Over several years, he was a key spokesperson for Indian industry, contributing to and influencing government policy while simultaneously working with industry to evolve new responses to the changing environment.
He was a member of the Insurance Tariff Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Board of the government of Rajasthan. He was also the Chairman of the National Accreditation Board for Certifying Bodies (NABCB) under the aegis of the Quality Council of India (QCI).
Mr. Bhargava has been closely associated with technical and management education in India. He was the chairman of the Board of Apprenticeship Training and Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Roorkee, IIM, Indore, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi; and the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad.
He was also a member of the senior panel of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) set up for a comprehensive evaluation of research in engineering and technology; and on the committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Department, Government of India for policy perspectives for management education in India.
Mr. Bhargava is the Chairman of Tata Communications Limited and also Wartsila India Ltd and Director on the respective Boards of several Indian corporations.
He also sits on the Board of the Centre for Policy Research; Member, Technology Development Board, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India; Director, Tata Steel Limited ; Director, Tata Motors, Director, Power Finance Corporation, Director, Larsen & Toubro, Trustee, Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust; Executive Trustee, National Centre for Promoting Employment for Disabled Persons; Chairman Trustee Charity Aid Foundation. He is also on the Boards of Governors of other institutions for graduate engineering and bachelors and master's degree programmes in business management.
Mr. Bhargava has been conferred with the first IIT Roorkee Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005 by Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Managing Director and Tata Communications Limited Group CEO
Vinod 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 has been at the forefront of Tata Communications' shift away from traditional network services towards managed services and recently, cloud computing.
Vinod was 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 of Tata Communications Limited and Tata Communications Limited Group CEO.
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 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 has had major responsibilities in market management, sales, marketing, product management, multinational account management and operations.
Vinod is a member on the Board 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 for growing the Singapore economy. Vinod is also a member on the Governing Council of Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) in Singapore, a premier institution for raising human capital management capabilities in Asia.
Vinod was born in 1965 and graduated with honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India. He lives with his wife in Singapore and is a keen polo player and art collector.
Mr. N. Srinath
Srinath has over 22 years' experience within the Tata Companies, having held various positions in project management, sales and marketing, as well as significant corporate functions in several Tata companies. He has been responsible for spearheading new projects in technology areas such as process automation and control, computers and telecommunications and was an instrumental figure in the launch of the
Tata Companies' CDMA services.
Srinath previously served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman for Tata Industries, a position he held until mid 1992. He was part of the team that set-up Tata Information Systems which later became Tata IBM. In June 1992, he moved to Tata IBM where he remained for the next six years. During this time he held a number of assignments in sales & marketing.
In March 1998, Srinath returned to Tata Industries as General Manager (Projects) and worked with Tata Teleservices in this capacity for a year. In April 1999, he moved to Hyderabad as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the operations of Tata Teleservices. In late 2000, Srinath took over as Chief Executive Officer of Tata Internet Services, a position he held until February 2002, when he moved to Tata Communications Limited as Director (Operations).
From February 2007 to February 2011 Srinath was the Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited and CEO of the Tata Communications Group of companies.
In February 2011 he was appointed as the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited.
Srinath continues to be a non-executive director of Tata Communications Limited.
Srinath was born on 8 July, 1962 and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology together with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, specializing in marketing and systems.
Mr. Kishor A. Chaukar
TIL is one of the two principal holding companies of the Tata Companies, acts as the Group's diversification and new projects promotion arm, and spearheads the Group's entry into the emerging, high-tech and sunrise sectors of the economy. In his capacity as Managing Director of TIL, Mr. Chaukar is responsible for enhancing the value and interest of TIL in TIL divisions and in companies where TIL has made investments. One of the tasks performed in the quest for this value enhancement is to provide strategic direction to these companies.
Mr. Chaukar is a member of the group Corporate Centre, which is engaged in strategy formulation at the House of Tata. He is on the Board of various companies like Tata Teleservices Limited, Tata Communications Limited, Tata Autocomp Systems Limited, Tata Investment Corporation Limited, among others. He also oversees the functions of the Department of Economics and Statistics (DES).
Mr. Chaukar is the chairman of Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI) – the nodal agency of the Group on all matters related to social development, environmental management, bio-diversity restoration and conservation of wild life.
Mr. Chaukar was previously the managing director of ICICI Securities & Finance Company Ltd. (July 1993 to October 1998), and a board member of ICICI Ltd. from February 9, 1995 to October 15, 1998. His other experiences include stints in Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation, a public trust engaged in rural development on a no-profit no-loss basis and based in Pune, Maharashtra, and Godrej Soaps Limited.
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala was born in 1953. He received a B.Tech degree from IIT. Kanpur, and his MS and Ph.D degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was with Washington State University as Assistant Professor. Since 1981, he has been teaching at IIT, Madras, where he leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT). This group works with industry in the development of technologies relevant to India. It has incubated several technology companies which work in partnership with TeNeT group to develop Telecom and Banking products for Indian Urban and Rural Markets. He chairs Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IlT Madras and Mobile Payment Forum of India (MPFI).
Dr. Jhunjhunwala has been awarded Padma Shri in the year 2002. He has been awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 1998, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award for the year 1997, Millennium Medal at Indian Science Congress in the year 2000 and H. K. Firodia for "Excellence in Science & Technology" for the year 2002, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Award for Science & Technology for the year 2004. Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture Award by INSA for the year 2006, IBM Innovation and Leadership Forum Award by lBM for the year 2006 and recently awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Institute of Blekinge Institute of Technology Sweden. He is a Fellow of World Wireless Research forum, IEEE and Indian academies including INAE, IAS, INSA and NAS.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala is a Director on the Board of State Bank of India, TTML, Polaris 3i Infotech, Sasken, Tejas, IDRBT and Tata Communications. He is member of Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Committee.
Dr. Uday B. Desai
Uday B. Desai received the B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering.
Since June 2009 he is the Director of IIT Hyderabad.
From 1979 to 1984 he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, U.S.A., and an Associate Professor at the same place from 1984 to 1987. From 1987 to May 2009 he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. He was Dean of Students at IIT-Bombay from Aug 2000 to July 2002. He has held Visiting Associate Professor's position at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. He was a visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne during the summer of 2002. From July 2002 to June 2004 he was the Director of HP-IITM R and D Lab. at IIT-Madras.
His research interest is in wireless communication, Cognitive Radio, Cyber Physical Systems, wireless sensor networks and statistical signal processing. He is also interested in multimedia, image and video processing,.He is the Editor of the book "Modeling and Applications of Stochastic Processes" (Kluwer Academic Press, Boston, U.S.A. 1986) and co-editor of Second Asian Applied Computing Conference, Springer Verlag (2004). He is also a co-author of four books "A Bayesian Approach to Image Interpretation", "Multifractal based Network Modeling", Multihop Mobile Wireless Networks, and "Capacity Enhancement and Interference Mitigation in Multiuser UWB: Capacity Enhancement and Interference Mitigation in Multiuser Ultra Wideband (UWB) Systems".
Dr. Desai is a senior member of IEEE, a Fellow of INSA (Indian National Science Academy), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and a Fellow of The Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT-Bombay for 2007. He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing form Jan 1999 to Dec. 2001. He is on the Technology Advisory Board of Microsoft Research Lab. India. He is one of the founding member of COMSNETS and also Society for Cancer Research and Communication. He was the Chair for IEEE Bombay Section 2006-2008. He was also on the Visitation Panel for University of Ghana.
Mr. Ajay Kumar Mittal
Mr. A.K. Mittal did his Graduation in Engineering in Electronics and Communications in 1976 from the University of Roorkee (now one of the Indian Institutes of Technology). He also holds a Diploma in Management. After working in the R&D wing of Indian Telephone Industries Ltd. for about two and a half years, he joined Indian Telecom Service in the erstwhile Posts & Telegraphs Department (now Department of Telecommunications) in February 1979, and was posted as Assistant Divisional Engineer- Telecom. In 1981, he was given charge of setting up the ground segment of New Delhi Satellite Earth Station located at Sikandrabad (U.P) for INSAT – 1 series of satellites where he commissioned and then operated SCPC, FDM-FDMA Systems for voice communication as well as TV up linking, Radio up linking, meteorological data up linking and reception systems etc. He also set up the Network Operations Control Centre (NOCC) for INSAT.
Later he was involved in setting up earth stations in remote and hilly areas of some states. As Assistant Director General (Satellite Planning) in the Department of Telecommunication Headquarter in 1987, he was involved in planning of satellite communication systems. Thereafter, as Director Telecommunications, he was responsible for operations and maintenance of a large Optical Fiber, Microwave, Coaxial and Satellite Communication Network in the State of U.P. In 1991, as Director in the Headquarter of Department of Telecom, he handled regulation and tariffing of telecommunications services. He was responsible for activities relating to opening up of telecom sector for competition 1991 onwards. This included invitation of bids for basic services, mobile services, radio paging services etc. He remained in this position for over 6 years. Subsequently, from 1998 onwards, as General Manager in U.P. (West) Circle of Department of Telecommunications, he headed the Operations and Maintenance Wing, responsible for making policies in respect of operations of all types of services and ensuring that services are maintained as per desired Q.o.S.
He was deputed to the Headquarters of BSNL, a public sector unit under Ministry of Communications, as Deputy Director General (Network Management) in the year 2000 where for a period of about 7 years; he was in-charge of management of BSNL's international and national long distance switching and transmission network. During this period, he set up Network Management Systems, overlay managed signalling network, KU Band VSAT Network and country-wide Managed Leased Line Network. He was also a member of the core team responsible for planning and implementation of Indo- Srilanka Submarine Cable System. Later, for a period of over two years, while on deputation to BSNL, he worked as General Manager (Mobile Network Planning and Operations) in J&K State.
Currently, he is working as Senior Deputy Director General in DoT headquarters looking after policy on licencing of Access Services and related matters as well as implementation of telecom security related policies.
Mr. Saurabh Kumar Tiwari
Mr. Saurabh K Tiwari, born in 1967, holds a Master's degree in Political Science with a Certificate of Merit from the University of Allahabad. He completed his MBA with specialisation in Finance from National Institute of Financial Management, an autonomous body under Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. He has recently completed LLB from the Delhi University. Besides being a Fellow of the University Grants Commission, he has taught Political Philosophy in the Post Graduate Classes of the University of Allahabad for two years.
After clearing the Civil Services Examination in 1993, he joined the Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service. He has wide ranging work experience in the Government of India and PSUs. He has handled the Central Area of MTNL, Delhi which provides service to the elite of India including the President, Prime Minister, Union Council of Ministers, Embassies, High Commissions and the Central Business District. He has also served as the Financial Advisor to various units of the Indian Air Force including the Central Air Command, Bamrauli.
He was instrumental in designing and implementing the software for the revision of pension of more than 2 million Defence Pensioners, spread throughout the country, as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. His current assignment as Deputy Director General (Licensing Finance), Department of Telecom, Govt. of India involves assessment of revenue to the tune of Rs.181 thousand crore annually resulting in collection of Rs.11,300/- crores (approx.) in the form of licence fee – the single largest contributor to the non-tax revenue of the Union.
He has attended various trainings and seminars in India and abroad. Besides, he has been a regular faculty in various Training Institutes. Mr. Tiwari has exemplary leadership qualities. He has been the General Secretary of the Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service Officers' Association for almost a decade now (except for 2 years). An avid sportsperson, he has won various awards in games like Athletics, Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Cricket and Tennis.
Mr. Bharat Vasani
Presently, he is the General Counsel for the Tata Group, a position which he has held since December 2000.
Mr. Vasani has over 3 decades of experience at a senior management level in successfully managing the in-house legal departments of large corporations with international operations. He is reputed for having the most diverse corporate legal experience, ranging from complex Mergers and Acquisitions to handling high-profile litigations, both civil and criminal.
Mr. Vasani has won several awards, including the IFLR Award 20 I 0 for his outstanding achievements and the Legal Era Award for the Best General Counsel of the Year 2011.