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Industry Moves: MTNL-Kuldip Singh; Tushar Shah Returns To Sony

Kuldip Singh Appointed MTNL CMD

Kuldip Singh (profile), Director (Technical) for government owned telecom operator MTNL, has been given the additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director with effect from January 15, 2010. MTNLs previous Chairman and Managing Director R.S.P Sinha had resigned from office last week.

Singh has more than 30 years of experience in computers and telecom, and has worked in VSNL and National Informatics Centre. He has worked in the licensing cell of Department of Telecommunications as Director VAS and was associated from the beginning in the introduction of Cellular mobile and other Value Added services in the country by the private sector.

Singh has a challenging task ahead: MTNLs profits have been dipping. The company had reported a profit of Rs 205.84 million for the quarter ending September, 2009, 77.5 percent lower year on year. Revenue for the PSU was Rs 9720.59 million, 21 percent down year on year. MTNL and BSNL put together have a 85.67 percent share in the landline market but lost .38 million customers for the quarter ending September 2009.

Tushar Shah Quits Mobile2Win, Joins Sony

Tushar Shah, previously Executive Director of Telecom operations with Mobile2Win, has returned to Multi Screen Media (formerly Sony Entertainment Television) as Senior VP, Corporate Services, according toIndiantelevison.com. According to his LinkedIn profile, Shah had left Mobile2Win in July 2009. This will be his second stint with Sony; previously he was marketing communications head for Max and Sony Entertainment Television for 3 years till 2005.

Shah joined Mobile2Win in October, 2007 to lead product development, management, marketing and communications. Prior to joining Mobile2Win, Tushar was director of marketing and communications at The Walt Disney Company in India.

In February 2009, Altruist acquired Mobile2Win in a share swap deal, wherein Mobile2Win was acquired for 8% of Altruist.

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