Indian mobile phone manufacturer Micromax has appointed Sanjay Kapoor, former CEO of Bharati Airtel, as the company’s new Chairman. Kapoor is supposed to spearhead Micromax’s foray into other international markets in the near future and also handle their existing international business.
This comes a week and a half after former Samsung India mobile head Vineet Taneja was appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Taneja and Kapoor have worked together: Taneja was the Operations Director (South India and Sri Lanka) for Bharti Airtel, a year and a half ago, before he joined Samsung. Nothing like anything.
Micromax has seen quite few exits in the top management over the past year. Micromax co-founder and then managing director Rajesh Aggarwal had quit after being arrested by the CBI, along with another company executive Manish Tuli, on bribery charges in August 2013. Deepak Mehrotra had resigned as the company CEO in October 2013 to join Pearson. Micromax smartphone business head Ajay Sharma had quit in January this year to join Obi Mobiles as its CEO.
Note that the company had also started operations in Russia in January this year and had tied up with Russian search engine Yandex for apps. In April 2014, Micromax was said to be interested in picking up a stake in Korean mobile phone manufacturer Pantech, as part of its international expansion plan.
Prior to joining Micromax, Kapoor was the Chief Executive Officer for India and South Asia of Bharati Airtel between March 2010 till May 2013. He was with the company from July 1998 to May 2013. He has also been a Board & Executive committee member of GSMA and Board member of Indus Towers. Presently, Sanjay is an active member on the board of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd and PVR Limited.
Kapoor has also worked with Xerox India as Director-Operations Support. He has spent 14 years with the company, handling a range of key portfolios, ranging from Sales & Marketing to General management functions.