Board of Directors
Mr. Subodh Bhargava
Mr. Subodh Bhargava is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT (Roorkee). He has been the Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eicher Group of Companies. He is a former President of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), President of the Association of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Vice President of the Tractor Manufacturers Association. He has been associated with various Central and State Government bodies and committees including as a member of the Technology Development Board, Insurance Tariff Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Board of the State of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He has been closely associated with various IIMs, IITs and other Management and Technical Institutions as also with a number of NGOs – was Member Board of Directors of IIT (Roorkee), IIM, Indore, IIM Lucknow, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad, Foreign Trade Institute, Delhi, State Bank of India, Power Finance Corporation etc. Presently, Member of the Board of Governors of IIM, Kashipur & XLRI Jamshedpur.
He is currently the Chairman of Tata Communications Limited, TRF Limited, GlaxoSmithKline Healthcare Limited and Director on the Boards of several companies including Tata Motors Ltd , Tata Steel Ltd., Larsen &Tubro Ltd, Tata Communications International Pte. Ltd., SunBorne Energy LLC. Mr. Bhargava, is the recipient of the 1st Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005 by IIT, Roorkee; the “Gaurav Shri Award” from Agra University in 2011; “Best Independent Director 2011” by Asian Center for Corporate Governance & Sustainability & “Global India Business Leader of the Year–2013 by Horasis (The Global Visions Community) for excellence in entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.
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.
Mr. N. Srinath
Mr. N. Srinath, born in 1962, 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, Mr. Srinath has held positions in Project Management, Sales & Marketing, and Management in different Tata companies in the ICT sector over the last 28 years.
On completing his probation with the TAS in 1987, Mr. Srinath joined Tata Honeywell, a start-up in the business of process control systems, as Project Executive working till late 1988 on securing various statutory approvals and funding necessary for the project. 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, Mr. Srinath 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, Customer Service, 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.
Mr. Srinath 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. He was appointed as the Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited & CEO of the Tata Communications global group of companies in February 2007. 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.
Mr. Srinath 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 oriented organisation, conferred its Udyog Rattan Award on Mr. Srinath in November 2006. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Srinath 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 1 February 2011 he has been appointed as the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited one of India’s leading mobile service providers
Mr. Kishor A. Chaukar
Mr. Kishor A. Chaukar (67) retired in August 2012, from being the Managing Director of Tata Industries Limited (TIL). TIL is the smaller of the two principal holding companies of the Tata Group, India’s largest and the best-known conglomerate. TIL acts as the new projects-promotion arm of the Group, and spearheads the entry of the Group in the emerging, high-tech and sunrise sectors of the economy.
While at TIL, Mr. Chaukar was also a member of the Group Corporate Centre, which is engaged in strategy formation at the House of Tata.Mr. Chaukar chaired for several years the Tata Council for Community Initiatives (TCCI) – the nodal forum of the Group on matters related to Corporate Sustainability, and was a member of the Board and Advisory Board of some national and international organisations in the Corporate Sustainability and Human Rights space.
Mr. Chaukar is a Member of the Boards of several Tata Companies and the Chairman of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd. and Tata Business Support Services. Mr. Chaukar is a Trustee of BAIF Development Research Foundation.
Prior to joining Tatas, Mr. Chaukar was the Managing Director of ICICI Securities & Finance Company Limited (July 1993 to October 1998), and a member of the Board of Directors of ICICI Limited from February 9, 1995 to October 15, 1998). During 1975-85, he served as Executive Secretary of Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation, an NGO engaged in extending relevant technology into rural India for generating economically remunerative employment.
He holds a BA degree in Economics from Karnataka University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He also holds a DEA in Rural Economics from the University of Dijon, France.
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, born in 1953, received his B.Tech degree from IIT, Kanpur, and his MS and Ph. D degrees from the University of Maine. From 1979 to 1981, he was a faculty at Washington State University and 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 in India. It has incubated several technology companies and helped them to develop Telecom, Banking and Energy products for Indian Urban and Rural Markets. He is faculty incharge of IITM Research Park and IIT’s Incubation Cell.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala has been awarded the 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 in Indian Science Congress in the year 2000 and H.K. Firodia for “Excellence in Science and 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 IBM for the year 2006, recently awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden and Excellence in Science and Technology Award.
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 many other companies such as TTML, Polaris, 3i Infotech, Sasken, Tejas, Exicom and others.
Dr. Uday B. Desai
Dr. 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 August 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, cyber physical systems, IoT, and statistical signal processing. He is also interested in multimedia, image and video processing, artificial neural networks, computer vision, and wavelet analysis.
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 research monographs.
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 is chair of the working group on Convergence Communication and Broadband Technologies of Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. He is on the governing council and boards of several academic institutions. . He is one of the founding members 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 signaling 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.
He worked as Senior Deputy Director General in DoT headquarters where he looked after policy on licensing of Access Services and related matters as well as implementation of telecom security related policies.
Currently, he is posted as Senior Deputy Director General and Head of Telecom Engineering Centre New Delhi, which is an arm of DoT responsible for setting national standards in telecom and certification of telecom equipment. He is also the Head of National Telecom Institute of Policy Research, Innovation and Training.
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. Financial Management, Human Resource Management and General Management are the areas of his functional expertise.
He was instrumental in designing and implementing the software for the revision of pension of more than two million Defence Pensioners, spread throughout the country, in accordance with the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. His three year tenure as Deputy Director General (Licensing Finance), Department of Telecom, Govt. of India involved assessment of revenue to the tune of Rupees Two Lakh crore annually resulting in collection of Rs. 12,300/- crores (approx.) in the form of licence fee – the single largest contributor to the non-tax revenue of the Union. Mr Tiwari’s current assignment is as Deputy Director General (FEB), Department of Telecom, Govt. of India wherein he is responsible for Human Resource Management and Financial Management in the Department of Telecom. He is also a Technical Advisor to Government Accounting Standards Advisory Board. Besides, he is also the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of M/s Hemisphere Properties India Limited, a PSU of Government of India. He was also selected for various prestigious assignments like Member
(Finance), Land Ports Authority of India and Director, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation.
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 was the General Secretary of the Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service Officers’ Association for almost a decade. 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 of the Tata Group, a position 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 national and international awards for his contribution to the legal profession.
Ms. Renuka Ramnath
Ms. Renuka Ramnath holds a Bachelor of Engineering from VJTI, University of Mumbai and an MBA from the University of Mumbai. She has also completed the AMP from the Harvard Business School.
Ms. Renuka Ramnath is one of the most experienced private equity fund managers in India with a full cycle track record of investing capital raised from Institutions of global repute. She played a pivotal role in shaping the Indian private equity market both in terms of leading pioneering investments as well as opening new pockets of capital for investment into India. For close to three decades in financial services, Renuka successfully built several businesses in the ICICI Group including Investment Banking, e-commerce and private equity. As the MD & CEO of ICICI Venture for close to a decade, she led that firm to become one of the largest private equity funds in India. Renuka turned an entrepreneur to set-up Multiples in 2009. Multiples is a $ 400 million Independent private equity fund that has the rare distinction of been backed by 15 Indian and global institutions. Renuka draws immense satisfaction from the fact that she has over several years guided and supported entrepreneurs to build successful businesses and create valuable enterprises. Given Renuka’s contribution to the industry, she has been featured in many prestigious listings, including the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (Business Today, India); India’s most Powerful CEO’s (Economic Times), the Top 25 Non Bank Women in Finance (US Banker’s global list), Asia's Women in the Mix: The Year's Top 50 for Achievement in Business (Forbes), and most recently in the Top 25 women in Asian asset management (Asian Investor).
Dr. Gopichand (Gopi) Katragadda
Previously, as the Chairman and Managing Director of GE India Technology Centre, he facilitated funding of cross-business innovation, championed the commissioning of new research labs, developed research teams, and helped build GE’s largest R&D Centre – the John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC). Under his leadership, the JFWTC team was contributing to over 300 US patents a year. Gopi also served as the chairman for GE-BEL.
Before joining GE, Gopi worked with Karta Technologies, San Antonio, Texas, as Vice President of Research and Development. At Karta, Gopi led the development of advanced sensor technology for US government agencies and research consortiums. He also was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas and served on the Board of Directors for Texas Public Radio.
Gopi provides the voice of technology for various Industry bodies in India including CII and NASSCOM. He is the India Chair for the Technology track of the Indo-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee, which facilitates the Government to Government negotiations on market liberalization. Gopi chairs the India Development Panel and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is on the India Council for the Anita Borg Institute. He is a GE Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Gopi has over 30 publications and 5 patents. He has authored a book on innovation “SMASH,” published by Wiley.
Gopi holds MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.