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Shamik Das appointed Reliance Jio’s chief corporate development officer

shamikdasReliance Jio has appointed Shamik Das as its chief corporate development officer, reports ET Tech. In his new position Das will report to Pankaj Pawar, a key member of Reliance’s retail and telecom business, and will be responsible for assessing customer readiness for 4G data in cities where Jio will roll out 4G voice and data services.

Prior to this, Das was the joint president and chief strategy officer for Reliance Communications for over 2 years, where he was responsible for business development, technology and spectrum strategy, and to achieve the annual revenues target in GSM, 3G and CDMA businesses. He also oversaw all geographical units under the wireless business unit after Syed Safawi, the former wireless business unit head, left the company in 2012.

Das also worked as the CEO of Batelco for over 2 years, where he was responsible for setting up a new telecom brand. Before this, Das was the CEO at Bharti Airtel where he worked for over 15 years in various positions including CEO/COO of Airtel’s southern operations and national CFO of Airtel mobile business. At Airtel, he was responsible for strategizing, planning and launching of a pan Indian mobile service operations. Prior to Airtel, Das worked as the finance administrator at Pearson and as a management executive as Asea Brown Boveri.

Other recent changes in personnel at Reliance Jio

– Earlier this month, Reliance Jio had appointed Pradeep Shrivastava as its chief marketing officer. In his new position, Shrivastava would be responsible for leading the marketing functions for Jio.

– Late last month, Reliance Jio roped in Anand Narang, former Huawei India devices marketing head, to head the marketing division of the company. Narang will report to former BlackBerry India chief Sunil Dutt who had joined as president of devices business at Reliance Jio mid-2014.

– Earlier this year, Jio Infocomm’s president Sumit D Chowdhury stepped down from his position. 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.

– In the same time frame, Sandip Das stepped down as the managing director of Reliance Jio. Das had joined Reliance Jio from Maxis in May 2013. Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani had said in a letter to the Reliance Retail team then that Das would work as a mentor for the Jio division of Reliance Retail.

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