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Tata Communications appoints Pathmal Gunawardana as its new Americas chief

Increasing customer demand for software-defined hybrid networking and business collaboration services set to drive Tata Communications’ growth in the region

Matawan, NJ, US - April 17, 2019

Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider, has named Pathmal Gunawardana as its Head of Americas. In his new role, Gunawardana will be responsible for accelerating customer adoption of Tata Communications’ hybrid WAN, cloud enablement and business collaboration services across North and South America.

Pathmal Gunawardana, Head of Americas, Tata Communications
“We have a differentiated value proposition in the U.S. market, which consists of the reach of our global network and the cloud connectivity, mobility and UCC services it underpins; our strategic partnerships; and our knowledge of regulatory issues across emerging and developed markets. This unique combination puts us in an ideal position to address our customers’ increasingly complex and rapidly changing technology needs.”

Pathmal Gunawardana, Head of Americas, Tata Communications

 

This appointment reinforces the company’s growth strategy in the U.S., which focuses on leveraging its global technology capabilities and partnerships with the world’s leading cloud players to support multinational enterprises’ digital transformation. According to McKinsey Global Institute, over the last decade, the global flow data has accounted for $2.8 trillion of the world’s GDP — exerting a larger economic impact than trade in physical goods. To keep up, companies are replacing traditional private networks with next-generation hybrid WANs that give them better visibility and control, and boost application performance, while reducing networking costs.

 

As businesses become more and more dependent on cloud and mobile applications to operate effectively on a global scale and stay competitive in the digital economy, we’re seeing growing demand for our capabilities,” Gunawardana said. “We have a differentiated value proposition in the U.S. market, which consists of the reach of our global network and the cloud connectivity, mobility and UCC services it underpins; our strategic partnerships; and our knowledge of regulatory issues across emerging and developed markets. This unique combination puts us in an ideal position to address our customers’ increasingly complex and rapidly changing technology needs.

 

At present, the U.S. is Tata Communications’ largest market outside of India, and the company is seeing increasing adoption for its business collaboration and mobility expertise, as well as its IZO™ SDWAN, IZO™ Internet WAN and IZO™ Hybrid WAN cloud enablement services. These services enable businesses to build an innovative enterprise network that combines the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the public Internet with the resilience and reliability of a private network.

 

To future-proof its capabilities, the company continues to invest in its offering in the Americas. For example, it is part of a consortium of leading technology companies building the new Hong Kong-Americas (HKA) cable system between California, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which will bring enhanced speed and reliability of connectivity between the business hubs of Asia and the U.S. Through its global network and cloud, mobility, IoT, collaboration and security services, Tata Communications today carries around 30% of the world’s internet routes and connects businesses to 60% of the world’s cloud giants.

 

Gunawardana has been with Tata Communications since 2015, serving previously as the company’s Vice President of Sales for the Americas. In this role, he was responsible for driving the development of near and long-term go-to-market strategy in both the service provider and enterprise segments in the region. Prior to joining Tata Communications, Gunawardana was Head of Global Mobility Vertical Sales at Juniper Networks. He has also held positions at Nokia Siemens Network, Alcatel Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs.

 

Sumeet Walia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Tata Communications, said: “The Americas is our second biggest market in revenue terms, but it still has considerable growth potential too. I am confident that with Pathmal at the helm, more and more multinational enterprises in the region will look to us to meet their cloud networking, hybrid WAN and business collaboration needs. Furthermore, Tata Communications is a business that values greatly our ‘DRIVE’ company culture, and we see our employees’ success as a key driver for our business success. That’s why it’s so great to see talented, ambitious individuals like Pathmal rise through the ranks and become one of our regional leaders.

 

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Natalie Papaj
Tata Communications
+1 703 657 8332
natalie.papaj@tatacommunications.com
Rick Cohen
H+K Strategies
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rick.cohen@hkstrategies.com


About Tata Communications


Tata Communications is a leading global digital infrastructure provider that powers today’s fast- growing digital economy.


The company’s customers represent 300 of the Fortune 500 whose digital transformation journeys are enabled by its portfolio of integrated, globally managed services that deliver local customer experiences. Through its network, cloud, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), collaboration and security services, Tata Communications carries around 30% of the world’s internet routes, and connects businesses to 60% of the world’s cloud giants and 4 out of 5 mobile subscribers.


The company’s capabilities are underpinned by its global network, which is the world’s largest wholly owned subsea fibre backbone and a Tier-1 IP network.


Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India, and it serves customers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide through its technology capabilities and partnerships.


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