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Industry Moves: Airtel, DealsAndYou, ZTE India, Cisco


Shankar Halder has stepped down as the Head of network operations (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, reports The Times Of India. Citing a company executive familiar with the development, the report states that Halder will be launching his own technology consulting firm.

Halder had worked at Bharti Airtel for 10 years, in various roles in the company’s mobility, fixed and broadband, media and technology sector. Prior to this, he’s also had stints at Escotel communication ltd and Modi Telstra in different roles.

Last November, Amrita Gangotra, Director-IT & CIO (India & South Asia) at Bharti Airtel had also resigned for the company. While it was not entirely clear where Gangotra was headed next at that time, it was indicated that Gangotra will be joining Vodafone UK. Confirming this, her LinkedIn profile suggests that Gangotra has joined Vodafone UK as its Head of Enterprise Technology.

A Bharti spokesperson has also informed the publication that it has appointed Moti Gyamlani as the Global Head – Supply Chain, Bharti Airtel while S Asokan, Executive Director – Supply Chain, Bharti Airtel, has resigned from his position. Moti Gyamlani was previously serving as General Electric’s Vice President for its global supply chain and has worked in Honeywell and General Motors India in various roles. On the other hand, S Asokan has been working as Airtel’s director for supply chain since June 2006 and was a member of the Bharti Airtel management board. Prior to this, he has worked at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Eicher Group, and Tata AutoComp Systems in various roles.

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Smile Group operated daily deals site DealsAndYou.com has appointed Alok Jain as its Chief Marketing Officer, reports TechCircle. Prior to this appointment, Jain had founded a mobile apps firm Unyqe in 2011 and a Singapore-based digital marketing solutions firm Think Net in May 2010.

He had also launched an online digital photo printing service PhotoMasti.com (now defunct) in March 2006, which was shut down an year later and an online T-shirt portal Teepsy.com in March 2005, which was sold off in January 2006.

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Cai Liangjun, Chief Executive Officer, ZTE India and Victor Wangyang, Enterprise Business Director, ZTE India are stepping down from their respective positions and relocating to ZTE headquarters at Shenzhen, China, reports The Economic Times. Citing two company officials familiar with the development, the report stated that ZTE India is appointing the current services business head Xu Dejun as its new chief executive officer.

The report also added that three senior executives who were the rank of Vice President had resigned in the last three weeks. This include Mandeep Sharma, Abhay Deshmukh and Dinesh Gupta. Mandeep Sharma had joined Nokia Siemens Network as its Head of Care Program Management for the Indian region, while Abhay Deshmukh has reportedly joined Ericsson and Dinesh Gupta is planning to join an unknown power company.

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Cisco Systems has appointed Jeff White as its president, India and SAARC Regions, reports Business Standard. The report also states that White has been appointed as the chairman of the new India Board which will include senior executives from both Cisco’s headquarters and Indian office. Prior to this appointment, White served as the Vice President of Sales for the Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China region for the last 15 years.

During his stint at Cisco, he’s also served additional roles as the channel account manager, regional sales manager and operations director among others. Beside Cisco, he’s also had stints at Anixter, Ameritech and Fifth Third in various capacities.

This appointment follows the resignation of Naresh Wadhwa, erstwhile Cisco India’s president and country manager last week, after a 15-year stint at the company. According to a separate Business Standard report, Naresh Wadhwa had quit Cisco to start his own venture in the real estate and infrastructure segment.