Key People

Management Team

Himanshu-Kapania

Mr. Himanshu Kapania - Managing Director

Himanshu has been the Managing Director of Idea Cellular Ltd, an Aditya Birla Group company since 2011. He also serves as Director with Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited, the strategic advisory unit of Aditya Birla Group.

A veteran of the Indian telecom industry, Himanshu has greatly contributed to its evolution over two decades. He engineered Idea’s fast-paced growth making it one of the top players and the fastest-growing mobile operators in India. He also led the company’s foray into the wireless broadband business, readying it for the next wave of growth.

Himanshu is on the GSMA Board – the international body formulating and driving global GSM eco-system; and the Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

He has been consistently recognized for his leadership skills. He was awarded the Voice & Data ‘Telecom Person of the Year Award’ in 2014 and the ‘Outstanding CEO Award’ by CEO India. Business Today recognized him as the Best CEO (Telecom Category) in 2013 and 2015 for his outstanding contribution to the telecom industry.

Himanshu is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra) and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

He is currently focusing on getting Idea ready for potential business with specific emphasis on 3G and 4G services.

Ambrish Jain

Mr. Ambrish Jain - Deputy Managing Director

B.Tech. from IIT Delhi and Post Graduation from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad with over 34 years of industry experience across Sales, Marketing and P&L Leadership roles. Joined Idea in October 2001; telecom experience of over 18 yrs.

Akshaya Moondra

Mr. Akshaya Moondra – Whole Time Director & Chief Financial Officer

CA and Licentiate CS with over 27 years of industry experience. Joined ABG in August 1986 at Grasim. Worked with ABG in Thailand in Pulp & Fibre, Chemicals and Acrylic Fibre Businesses from 1989 to June 2008. Joined Idea in July 2008; telecom experience of over 5 yrs.

Anil K Tandan

Mr. Anil K Tandan - Chief Technology Officer

Served in the Indian Army in the Corps of Signals for 30 years before joining the industry. Has an M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur, Post Graduate in Management from AIMA and has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Joined Idea in January 2001; telecom experience of over 14 yrs.

Prakash K Paranjape

Mr. Prakash K Paranjape - Chief Information Technology Officer

Engineering graduate from Pune University with over 33 years of industry experience. Joined Idea in Sept. 2005; telecom experience of over 17 yrs.

Navanit Narayan

Mr. Navanit Narayan - Chief Service Delivery Officer

Over 25 years experience in key positions at Indian & global organizations like Tata Steel, NSN and Wipro BPO. Held P&L positions and managed business turnaround & global start-ups. B.Sc. in Engg. followed by an MS from Northwestern University, USA and MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Joined Idea in Jan. 2008; telecom experience of over 7 yrs.

Vinay Razdan

Mr. Vinay Razdan - Chief Human Resources Officer

Commerce graduate from Delhi University and postgraduate degree in PM&IR from the XLRI, Jamshedpur with over 25 years of industry experience across organizations like ITC and HCL. Joined Idea in Jan. 2006; telecom experience of over 7 yrs.

Rajat Mukarji

Mr. Rajat Mukarji - Chief Corp Affairs Officer

Graduate from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and Diploma in International Marketing Management from Delhi with over 29 years of industry experience. Joined Idea in Jan. 1996 ; telecom experience of over 17 yrs.

Rajesh Srivastava

Mr. Rajesh Srivastava - Chief Commercial Officer

B.Sc.(Hons) from Delhi University & Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with over 38 years of experience across Telecom, FMCG, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Consulting. Joined Idea in Nov. 2006; telecom experience of over 11 yr.

P Lakshminarayana

Mr. P Lakshminarayana - Chief Operating Officer

Over 29 years of experience spanning FMCG and Telecom. Held senior positions in Sales, Marketing and General Management in organizations like ITC and Pepsi. Joined Idea in Feb 2004 ; telecom experience of over 9 yrs.

Sashi Shankar

Mr. Sashi Shankar - Chief Marketing Officer

Chemical Engineering graduate and Management postgraduate in Marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management Research, Mumbai. Wide experience of 30 years across Sales, Marketing and P&L roles in FMCG, Durables and Telecom industries. Joined Idea in Sept. 2001; telecom experience of over 11 yrs.

Pankaj Kapdeo

Mr. Pankaj Kapdeo - General Counsel and Company Secretary

Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in law and is a qualified Company Secretary. He has over 25 years of work experience including seven years of experience in telecom sector.

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla (Chairman)
  • Smt. Rajashree Birla
  • Mr. Himanshu Kapania (Managing Director)
  • Mr. Arun Thiagarajan
  • Ms. Tarjani Vakil
  • Mr. Mohan Gyani
  • Mr. P. Murari
  • Mrs. Alka Bharucha
  • Mr. Sanjeev Aga
  • Dr. Shridhir Sariputta Hansa Wijayasuriya
  • Mr. Akshaya Moondra (Whole Time Director & CFO)
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Heads of Circles

  • Mr. T. G. B. Ramakrishna - Chief Operating Officer, Andhra Pradesh
  • Mr. Monishi Ghosh – Chief Operating Officer, Bihar & Jharkhand
  • Mr. Sanjeev Govil - Chief Operating Officer, Delhi
  • Mr. Mukul Khanna – Joint President – Operations, Rajasthan
  • Mr. Siva Ganapathi - Chief Operating Officer, Karnataka
  • Mr. Vinu Verghese – Chief Operating Officer, Kerala
  • Mr. Rajendra Chourasia - Chief Operating Officer, Maharashtra & Goa
  • Mr. Sunil Tolani - Chief Operating Officer, Mumbai
  • Mr. Rajesh Naik - Chief Operating Officer, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh
  • Mr. Anish Roy - Chief Operating Officer, WB & Kolkata, NESA & Orissa
  • Mr. Puneet Krishnan - Chief Operating Officer, Gujarat
  • Mr. M. D. Prasad - Chief Operating Officer, Tamil Nadu & Chennai
  • Mr. Sanjay David - Chief Operating Officer, Uttar Pradesh (East)
  • Mr. Naozer Firoze Aibara - Chief Operating Officer, Uttar Pradesh (West)
  • Mr. Sudhir Pradhan - Chief Operating Officer, Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh
  • Mr. Rakesh Setia – Joint President – Operations, Haryana

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