Board

Vinod Kumar

MANAGING DIRECTOR AND TATA COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED GROUP CEO

Vinod joined Tata Communications in April 2004, just when the company was embarking on its journey of international growth. He was closely associated with the acquisitions of the Tyco Global Network and Teleglobe and assumed responsibility as Managing Director of the Company’s international operations. Subsequently, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, responsible for 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 had an impressive track record in developing business strategies and creating fast growth organizations across the globe.

Prior to Tata Communications, he was a Senior Vice President with Asia Netcom from 2002-2004, and was responsible for strategy formulation, product marketing, sales and generating top-line growth. 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.

From 1999 to 2002, Vinod worked with WorldCom Japan as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this, he held various senior positions in Global One and Sprint International in the United States and Asia where he had major responsibilities in market management, sales, marketing, product management, multinational account management and operations.

Vinod is a Director of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) in Singapore. He was also a  Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and a member of its Investment 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.

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Ms. Renuka Ramnath

CHAIRPERSON

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 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).

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Mr. N. Srinath

DIRECTOR

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 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.

In 1987, Mr Srinath moved from TAS to join Tata Honeywell, a start-up in the business of process control systems, as Project Executive working until 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 until 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 the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited, one of India’s leading mobile service providers

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Dr. Uday B. Desai

DIRECTOR

Dr Uday B. Desai received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the MS degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the PhD. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering.

Since June 2009 he has been 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, USA, 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 positions 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, USA. 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  Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and the Institution of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He is the recipient of the 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 the Society for Cancer Research and Communication. He was the Chair for IEEE Bombay Section 2006-2008. He was also on the Visitation Panel for the University of Ghana.

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Mr. Saurabh Kumar Tiwari

DIRECTOR

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 the National Institute of Financial Management, an autonomous body under the 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 the pensions 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 the Government of India. He was also selected for various prestigious assignments like Member (Finance) of the Land Ports Authority of India and Director of the 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.

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Mr. Bharat Vasani

DIRECTOR

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.

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Dr. Gopichand Katragadda

DIRECTOR

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 was 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 liberalisation. 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, has over 30 publications and 5 patents, and 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.

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G. Narendranath

DIRECTOR

G.Narendra Nath, is working as Deputy Director General (Security & AS II), Department of Telecommunications, Government of India since 2nd July 2014 with overall responsibilities for the policy formulation and implementation and matters pertaining to Telecom network security of India. Responsibilities include coordination on matters of national security with other wings.

Prior to this he was Deputy Director General (Security Audit) for a year responsible for the finalization of the processes and procedures for the conduction of Security Audit of the networks of Telecom Service Providers.

He has over 27 years of telecom including 17 years of senior management experience in the areas of Telecom network planning, installation, operation and maintenance, Marketing & Business Development and Training. He started his professional career with Oil and Natural Gas Commission in maintenance of Real Time Geophysical Data Acquisition, and UHF and VHF communication systems.

In 1987 he joined the Indian Telecommunication Service, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India. He was instrumental in the planning, engineering, deployment and operation and maintenance of 2G GSM network for 500 thousand lines and planning of the 3G network in the Indian state of Jharkhand. He was a faculty at Advanced Level Telecommunication Training Centre an ITU, UNDP and Government of India established training facility for a period of nine years in the areas of CCS#7, GSM Network planning, Intelligent Networks and Marketing of Telecom Services and was head of the Faculty of Management Courses. He was deputed to Nairobi, Kenya as an expert for conduction of a four day Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization Course on Management of Universal Service Funds. For the services in the telecom sector he was awarded a certificate of ‘Sanchar Shiromani’ by the Department of Telecommunication.

He holds a Masters in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with specialization in VLSI design. He is  trained as a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2008. He is a member of the National Working Group for ITU-T SG-17 on Security.

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