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Reliance Jio President Sumit Chowdhury steps down

sumitchowdhuryTelecom operator Reliance Jio Infocomm’s president Sumit D Chowdhury has stepped down from his position, reports Indian Television. Post resignation, Chowdhury will pursue his own venture GAIA Smart Cities, a full service M2M telecom solutions and services provider.

Chowdhury had joined Reliance Jio Infocom as its Chief Information Officer in September 2012, and after one year had moved up to being the President of the company, where he was responsible for setting up the enterprise business for Jio. He also led the company’s efforts in smart cities, Internet of Things and machine to machine (M2M) communications.

Prior to Reliance Jio, Chowdhury was the vice president and partner at IBM for over two years before which he was the CEO of Reliance Tech Services from April 2008 to May 2010 and the CIO of Reliance Communications from January 2006 to May 2010. He also worked at BearingPoint as Managing Director and was partner at KPMG Consulting, before which he  taught multiple courses as the research and teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Chowdhury is also a member of the Board of Director of Bravo Consulting Group and Hello Health Limited.

Last month, Sandip Das had stepped down as the managing director Reliance Jio and would now work as a mentor for the Jio division of Reliance Retail. Das had joined Reliance Jio from Maxis in May 2013. Previously, Arvind Rao had also left the company in March 2014, after joining in an advisory capacity in late 2012.

Reliance Jio had roped in former Deutsche Telekom executive Rainer Deutschmann as its new Chief Products and Innovation officer in October last year, who was expected to oversee the key software, content and mobile Internet elements of the venture. The same month, it also appointed Anupama Ahluwalia as its marketing head, while Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani was appointed to Reliance Jio’s Board of Directors. Former BlackBerry India managing director Sunil Dutt had also joined Reliance Jio as its president for its devices segment in June last year.

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