Vinod Kumar is Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited and CEO of Tata Communications Group, part of the USD $103.3 billion Tata group of companies.
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 companys 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, Vinod 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 Singapores position as a global business centre and grow the Singapore economy. He is also the Chairman of its Finance Committee. Vinod 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.