- Balesh Sharma
Chief Excecutive Officer
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Balesh Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
Balesh’s professional experience of over two and half decades spans across cultures and geographies, building a strong track record of transformational leadership, successful turnarounds and leading for impact.
Earlier, Balesh was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vodafone India, a Director on the board of Vodafone India Ltd and a member of its Executive Committee. He was responsible for leading the Circle operations, Service Delivery, Marketing, Commercial and Enterprise functions including development of new business initiatives and driving innovation across the organization.
Having joined Vodafone (then Hutch) in 2003, Balesh has held several senior management positions in India and internationally including as the Business Head of Gujarat Circle and as the Chairman and CEO of Vodafone Malta. Prior to taking over his present role, he was the Chairman and CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic, where he successfully transformed the business and delivered strong market share growth with net promoter score leadership and strong employee engagement.
Prior to joining telecom, Balesh gained valuable sales experience in Office automation with Xerox and Ricoh as well as imbibed holistic entrepreneurial learning from then new age technology start-ups.
An alumnus of Mayo College, Balesh completed his Engineering and MBA from the Rajasthan University. He likes to spend time travelling with his family, and enjoys yoga and golf.
- Akshaya Moondra
Chief Financial Officer
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Akshaya Moondra is the Chief Financial Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, he is responsible for arranging and managing company finances, capital allocation, statutory and management reporting, budgetary and internal controls, revenue assurance, strategic business finance, investor relations, secretarial and other compliances.
He is also a member of the CII National Committee of CFOs and National Committee on Taxation.
Prior to his current role, Akshaya was the CFO of Idea Cellular Ltd. since 2008 and Whole Time Director since July 2016. He is also a nominee Director on the Board of Indus Towers, the world’s largest independent tower company.
Ranked as the Top CFO in Indian listed companies across sectors for 2016 by Finance Asia and amongst Top 3 CFOs in Asia in Telecom Sector by Institutional Investor for 3-years, Akshaya joined telecom after spending over two decades in various Aditya Birla Group companies - Grasim Industries, South East Pulp, Thai Rayon, Thai Epoxy and Allied Products and Thai Acrylic Fibre.
An alumnus of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School, Akshaya is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also a qualified Company Secretary
- Ambrish Jain
Chief Operations Officer
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Ambrish Jain is the Chief Operations Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, he drives pan-India circle Operations and Service Delivery.
Prior to his present role, Ambrish was the Deputy Managing Director at Idea Cellular and was instrumental in driving Idea’s fast paced growth in the Indian telecom market, spearheading Sales, Operations, Enterprise Business, Fixed line data Business and other new Businesses across all circles.
A veteran of the Indian telecom industry with almost four decades of rich and varied experience, Ambrish has held key leadership positions across Sales, Marketing, Operations and P&L during his long tenure at Idea Cellular. He has won several coveted awards including Aditya Birla Group Chairman’s Awards for “Outstanding Leader” and “Leader of Leaders”.
An alumnus of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School, Ambrish is a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and Post Graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
He enjoys travelling, reading and family outings.
- Nick Gliddon
Chief Enterprise Business Officer
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Nick Gliddon is the Chief Enterprise Business Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Nick drives the enterprise business enabling businesses across industry verticals, geography and size to remain connected, scale-up and become more efficient benefitting from the smartest and newest technologies.
Prior to his present role, Nick was the Director- Vodafone Business Services India, responsible for strategizing and implementing the growth strategy of Vodafone in the enterprise market. He has also been the Enterprise Business Unit Director for Vodafone Egypt and Head of Northern Europe for Vodafone Global Enterprise, where he was accountable for the end to end management of Vodafone’s largest corporate customers world-wide.
An expert in the Business to Business domain, Nick has held a number of Sales Director, Business Development and General Management roles with Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Hutchison Whampoa Shared Services and Cable & Wireless Plc.
He holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Marketing & Engineering and a Dip (M) from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom.
- Manish Dawar
Chief Integration Officer
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Manish Dawar is the Chief Integration Officer at Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Manish is responsible for delivering value to the business through integration planning, developing integration strategies and post-close integration management, governance and execution.
Prior to his present role, Manish was Chief Financial Officer at Vodafone India Limited.
Manish’s professional experience of nearly 3-decades spans across cultures, geographies and industries. He has held several senior management positions in India and internationally in marquee organizations including Hindustan Unilever, Reebok International, Reckitt Benckiser, Vedant Group and DEN Networks Ltd.
A Chartered Accountant from ICAI and Company Secretary from ICSI, India, Manish completed Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with Honors from Punjab University, Chandigarh.
- Sashi Shankar
Chief Marketing Officer
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Sashi Shankar is the Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Sashi is responsible for driving the Marketing, Product and Brand strategy for the consumer business of the company.
Prior to his present role, Sashi was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Idea Cellular where he played a vital role in launching and growing Idea’s broadband mobile businesses and created memorable brand campaigns, making Idea one of the top telecom brands in India.
His three and half decade professional experience spans across diverse sectors including paints, consumer durables, industrial chemicals, consumer products and telecom. Sashi gained valuable leadership experience in Sales Management and Business Operations with leading organizations including Mattel Inc. and Blow Plast.
An alumnus of the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Sashi also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras.
He loves to travel, is an avid listener of all kinds of Music and a discerning reader.
- Vishant Vora
Chief Technology Officer
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Vishant Vora is the Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Vishant is responsible for networks, IT operations and overall technology strategy.
Prior to his present role, Vishant was Director–Technology at Vodafone India where he spearheaded the technology and network infrastructure for the company.
A career telecom professional, Vishant has spent more than two and half decades in telecom technology building his expertise across three continents – USA, Europe and Asia.
He graduated as Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Lawrence Technology University in Michigan, USA.
- Kavita Nair
Chief Digital Transformation Officer
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Kavita Nair is the Chief Digital Transformation Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Kavita leads Digital Transformation across all functions for the organization.
Prior to her present role, Kavita Nair was Associate Director for Commercial Operations at Vodafone India across Customer Operations, Retail, Digital, Customer Experience and Business Transformation. Her primary focus was to deliver a superior experience to customers across all touch points and helping Vodafone to become the Most Loved Telecom Brand in the country.
A career telecom professional, Kavita’s career mirrors the evolution of mobile telephony in India. As the industry matured from basic voice and text to the multifaceted world of data, Kavita played a key role in driving this transformation with a multitude of roles focused on driving innovation and bringing delightful experiences to customers, while creating value for the business. She has held leadership roles in diverse functions across both consumer and enterprise domains. Kavita’s areas of expertise include marketing, digital, retail, pricing, product management, channel and customer operations. She has a strong track record of building some of the most admired telecom brands of the country and Vodafone’s iconic Zoozoos were born during her tenure as the Brand Head at Vodafone India.
Her talent and success has been acknowledged at several prestigious forums - Economic Times included her in its 25 Rising Women Leaders of India Inc. in 2015; Business Today voted her as one of the Hottest Young Executives to watch out for in 2011 and Brand Equity named her amongst the 8 Marketing Premier League Icons in 2009.
Kavita is an alumnus of the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), M S University, Baroda where she did her MBA in Marketing and has also completed Senior Leadership Programs from London Business School and IIM Ahmedabad.
- Navanit Narayan
Chief Strategy Officer
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Navanit Narayan is the Chief Strategy Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, he is responsible for developing and executing an agile and future ready strategy for the company.
Navanit has rich experience of over three decades across domains of Strategy, Retail, Operations, Quality and Services in key leadership positions at prestigious Indian and global organizations including Nokia Siemens Networks, Tata Steel, Wipro and others.
Prior to his current role, Navanit was the Chief Service Delivery Officer at Idea Cellular successfully delivering on the mandate to transform customer experience, pan-India. He expanded the service footprint by rolling out thousands of retail service stores across urban and rural geographies, created contact center regional hubs with over a million calls/day handling capacity and established digital touch-points for superior customer convenience.
A British Chevening scholar and a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Ranchi, Navanit has completed his MS in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, and PGDBM in Marketing & Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
- R Balaji
Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer
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P Balaji is the Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Balaji leads the company’s Regulatory, Public Policy and Government Relations activities along with Industry advocacy, Corporate Communications, Reputation Management and CSR.
Prior to his present role, Balaji was the Director –Regulatory, External Affairs and CSR at Vodafone India. He was responsible for leading the company’s Regulatory, Public Policy & Government Relations activities and also the External Affairs function overseeing Corporate Communications, Reputation Management and administering Corporate Social Responsibility and the Vodafone Foundation in India.
Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Nokia India and Managing Director of Sony Mobile. He has spent over two and half decades in Telecom & IT handling diverse functions including sales, marketing, strategy, operations, and product management. Balaji has held senior leadership positions in start-up and turn-around ventures of TATA group, AT&T, Ericsson, Lucent and Sony, gaining rich experience and exposure to the emerging Digital landscape.
Balaji is also the Chairman of ASSOCHAM National Council on Telecommunications and Convergence, a member of National Council of apex industry chambers like CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, AIMA and Telecom Sector Skill Council. He was President of Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA), Northern Region Chairman of the Telecom Export promotion council and member of Task Force forum set up by government on policy matters.
An Electronics Engineer from IIT Roorkee, Balaji completed his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in Marketing, Finance and Strategy.
- Kumar Das
Chief Legal Officer
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Kumar Das is the Chief Legal Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Kumar heads the Legal, Compliance and Corporate Security functions of the Company.
Prior to his present role, Kumar Das was the General Counsel for Vodafone India for over 8 years.
Kumar has worked across various industries and across geographies. He has held leadership positions with marquee organizations including Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and was General Counsel at Nokia India.
Kumar has rich experience in the areas of Governance & Management of Board Affairs, M&A Restructuring, Strategic Litigation Management, Transactions Management, Fraud Risk & Corporate Security, etc.
An alumnus of Hindu College, Kumar received his LLB & LLM degrees from the University of Delhi. Kumar also has an MBA in Justice Administration from Edith Cowan University, Perth (Australia) and the Indian Law Institute (New Delhi).
- Rajesh Srivastava
Chief Commercial Officer
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Rajesh Srivastava is the Chief Commercial Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Rajesh leads all activities related to the company’s Capex and Opex spends, and all Supply Chain aspects including Procurement, Contracting, Warehousing/Logistics, Inventory Management etc.
Prior to his present role, Rajesh was the Chief Commercial Officer at Idea Cellular where he was instrumental in procuring world class equipment for Network, IT and Services including Towers, Sales/Marketing and Service Delivery requirements. Under his leadership, the Commercial department handled all Contracts for Idea’s growing telecom infrastructure, Marketing and Service Delivery operations. He spearheaded major cost savings initiatives and streamlining supply chain management practices for high levels of operational efficiencies.
In his four decades as a professional, Rajesh has gained diverse experience across sectors such as FMCG, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Consulting, including 17 years in the Telecom sector. He has worked in senior positions with leading organizations like DCM, Unilever, Hutchison Essar, Oberoi Hotels, Fasttelco (in Kuwait as CEO) & Ipca Laboratories Limited.
Rajesh holds degrees in B.Sc. Hons (Physics) from Delhi University and B.E. (Electrical & Electronics Engineering) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
His interests are listening to Indian Music, Photography and Traveling.
- Suvamoy Roy Choudhury
Chief Human Resource Officer
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Suvamoy Roy Choudhury is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Suvamoy is responsible for shaping the people strategy and building the employment brand of the organization.
Prior to his present role, Suvamoy was Director–Human Resources at Vodafone India Limited.
Having worked across geographies and industry segments in different verticals of the Human Resource Function, Suvamoy carries rich and varied experience of three decades. He has held leadership positions with marquee organizations including ICI India, Motorola, Baxter Healthcare and Reckitt Benckiser. He has successfully undertaken several assignments across the Asia Pacific Region.
Suvamoy is an alumnus of Presidency College, Kolkata and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Board of Directors
- Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman
- Mr. Arun Kumar Adhikari, Independent Director
- Mr. Ashwani Windlass, Independent Director
- Mr. Doug Baillie, Independent Director
- Mr. Debnarayan Bhattacharya, Non-Executive Director
- Mr. Vivek Badrinath, Non-Executive Director
- Mr. Ravinder Takkar, Non-Executive Director
- Mr. Thomas Reisten, Non-Executive Director
- Mr. Arun Thiagarajan, Independent Director
- Ms. Neena Gupta, Independent Director
- Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Non-Executive Director
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