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Sterlite strengthens global leadership team across domains

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NEW DELHI:  Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) recently announced a number of key leadership appointments to expand its capabilities to offer end-to-end advanced solutions for digital networks and drive its next phase of growth.

These appointments span across domains and global markets in STL’s core areas of network services, software and 5G/broadband ecosystems. Some of the accomplished professionals who joined STL are:

Srinivas Jagadeesan as Head, Wireless Product Development
Keith Rowley as Chief Delivery Officer, Network Services, United Kingdom
Anjan Das as Chief Policy Advocacy Officer
Saikat Mitra as Chief Operating Officer, Network Software
At a time when digital technologies have become a catalyst for innovation, ubiquitous connectivity and smarter digital networks have become more vital than ever. These appointments are in line with STL’s strategic intent of delivering technology-led solutions which will shape the industry and form the foundation of gigabit societies of the future.

STL is strengthening its virtualised cloud-based access solutions portfolio, which is key to STL’s Wireless and Wireline Access plans.

Srinivasan will focus on strengthening STL’s open RAN & pFTTx hardware portfolio. He has 30+ years of experience in systems engineering, product development and product lifecycle management in wireless, telecom & networking, automotive, telematics, consumer electronics, defence and aerospace.

Prior to STL, Srinivasan was associated with Altran (Aricent), a CapGemini company as AVP-Engineering, where he managed semiconductor systems and embedded software.

Keith will help STL drive the growth of technology-led network services in the UK market. Keith comes with over 20 years of experience in the communication industry, and has led strategic initiatives including restructuring and driving transformational programmes across organisations.

In his last role, he was the Chief Delivery Officer at Flomatik Network Services – UK Wide, where he was responsible for the service delivery and operational functions of the company.

Anjan brings decades of experience in policy shaping and will drive STL’s engagement with the country’s digital ecosystem. He has worked for more than three decades towards improving and strengthening India’s Innovation-Economy Ecosystem.

Prior to joining STL, Anjan worked as Executive Director at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), where he conceptualised and led commissioning and implementation of many institutional mechanisms, policies and schemes.

Saikat will be responsible for driving the company’s network software business, a key piece of STL’s end-to-end solutions portfolio, with a special focus on technology innovation, customer engagement and delivery.

He brings in more than 24 years of experience in the Telecom and IT industry. He joins STL from Dynacommerce India (acquired by Tech Mahindra), where he worked as Global Head of omni-channel Solutions. Saikat has previously held key leadership positions in organisations like Redknee, Nokia Networks and Siemens Communications.

“I am excited to welcome Srini, Keith, Anjan and Saikat to the STL family. These are very exciting times for STL as we are looking to build our repertoire of end-to-end capabilities and enter the next stages of growth,” said Anand Agarwal, Group CEO, STL

. “I am sure we will benefit from their strong experience and immense knowledge in creating unmatched customer value, while staying true to our purpose of transforming billions of lives through digital networks,” he added.

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Indian-origin man appointed CIA’s first chief technology officer

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NEW DELHI: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William J. Burns announced the appointment of Nand Mulchandani to serve as CIA’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO).Mulchandani, an Indian-origin man who studied at Delhi’s Bluebells School International between 1979-1987.

With more than 25 years’ experience working in Silicon Valley as well as the Department of Defense (DoD), Mulchandani brings substantial private sector, startup, and government expertise to CIA.

As the CTO, Mulchandani will ensure the Agency is leveraging cutting-edge innovations and scanning the horizon for tomorrow’s innovations to further CIA’s mission. “Since my confirmation, I have prioritized focusing on technology and the new CTO position is a very important part of that effort. I am delighted Nand has joined our team and will bring his extensive experience to this crucial new role,” said Director Burns.

Prior to joining CIA, Mulchandani most recently served as the CTO and Acting Director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He also co-founded and was CEO of several successful startups– Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina (acquired by VMWare), OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (acquired by Citrix). He has a degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell, a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard.

“I am honored to join CIA in this role and look forward to working with the Agency’s incredible team of technologists and domain experts who already deliver world-class intelligence and capabilities to help build a comprehensive technology strategy that delivers exciting capabilities working closely with industry and partners,” said Mulchandani.

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Vishak Raman to head Fortinet’s Business in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia

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NEW DELHI: Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced the appointment of Vishak Raman in a new role as the Vice President for Sales in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia.

Vishak Raman brings with him over two decades of experience in the cybersecurity space with proven expertise in product management, sales, marketing and business development. Earlier as the Senior Regional Director, India & SAARC at Fortinet, he was instrumental in establishing and growing Fortinet’s technology leadership and success story in India. He also set up a first-of-its-kind Technical Assistance Center at Bangalore which has over 200 engineers who provide 24/7 support to Fortinet’s customers in India and the Middle East.

Prior to Fortinet, he was Director of Security Business, India & SAARC at Cisco. Vishak who holds an engineering degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IIM Ahmedabad, has also worked in various roles at FireEye, Tata Communications, WatchGuard, Sify and HCl Technologies.

“I look forward to working with the sales team, channel partners and distributors to secure networks from the expanding attack surface, increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and address network security complexity challenges which most organizations face. The Fortinet Security Fabric forms a solid foundation for any enterprise’s digital adoption journey and I am excited to drive our customers’ success in the digital economy. Fortinet’s cybersecurity mesh architecture’s primary objective is to place security everywhere it’s needed, anywhere in the network, even as users, devices, and applications multiply and become more mobile. Given

our leadership in security innovation we have a robust pipeline and strong business momentum and are well positioned to continue the solid growth for several more years in this market.”
– Vishak Raman, Vice President of Sales, India, SAARC and SEA at Fortinet

Additionally, Fortinet thanks Rajesh Maurya for his outstanding leadership in growing the India and SAARC business as he moves into a new role within Fortinet, to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are pleased to welcome back Vishak Raman to head Fortinet business in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia region. He brings along tremendous experience and cybersecurity market insights to add to our leadership team. Vishak Raman will be a key contributor as we continue to consolidate our leadership position and drive future growth in key areas such as the convergence of security and networking, continued expansion of the Security Fabric mesh platform and adoption of our Secure SD-WAN, SD-Branch, Adaptive Cloud, and OT,” said Joe Sarno, Sr. Vice President International Sales – Emerging & APJ at Fortinet.

 

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Chalapathi Rao to lead Orange Business Services in India

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NEW DELHI: Orange Business Services has announced the appointment of Chalapathi Rao as General Manager for India, effective March 14, 2022. Taking over from Bala Mahadevan, who retired after a remarkable journey and outstanding accomplishments with Orange over the past decade, Chalapathi will lead Orange Business Services activities and growth in India.

Chalapathi is an experienced leader with a successful track record in the telecom space. With over three decades of multi-domain experience including R&D, Operations, Technology and Sales, Chalapathi joins Orange Business Services from Tata Communications Transformation Services Ltd (TCTS), where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. He has previously held successive leadership positions at BEL, Indian Railways, BPL, Lucent and Tata Communications Group.

“I am pleased to welcome Chalapathi in his new role. His passion for technology, his deep industry experience and diverse knowledge of IT and telecom make him the perfect fit to drive our continued expansion in India. Chalapathi will be instrumental in supporting our customers’ digital transformation and re-enforcing our position as a leading network-native digital services company,” said Nick Lambert, Senior Vice President and Head of Asia-Pacific, Orange Business Services.

“I am excited to join Orange Business Services at the time when the shifting dynamics of technology adoption and usage across India present a unique opportunity for our customers to grow. Our ability to deep dive into their evolving needs and develop innovative solutions will be key to ensure they stay relevant and competitive and achieve their business goals. I look forward to working closely with our team of experts, as well as our eco-system, to partake and enable successful digital transformation in India,” said Chalapathi Rao, General Manager, Orange Business Services, India.

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