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IT secretary Sawhney takes additional charge for DoT as Sundararajan takes 15-day leave

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, the secretary at the ministry of information and technology (MeitY), has been given additional charge for the Department of Telecommunications from September 29 till October 14, the period for which Aruna Sundararajan is on leave. Sawhney, who is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh Cadre, has been the MeitY secretary since June last year.

Oppo to set up R&D center in Hyderabad; hires Tasleem Arif as new R&D head

Chinese handset maker Oppo said that it will soon set up its research and development (R&D) center in Hyderabad, India, and has hired Tasleem Arif as its new R&D Head and vice president. The new center will be focused on gaining deeper insights about Indian consumers and market, and help build India centric products Arif will be setting up a team which will focus on software localization for Indian consumers as well as device quality.

Former Facebook Express Wifi head Munish Seth joins Google India as new country Director for Android

Munish Seth has joined Google India as the new country Director for Android, and is now looking after the growth of the Android ecosystem in the country. Seth is now driving partnerships with handset makers and original equipment makers (OEMs) in the country. He confirmed his appointment.

Mobiistar appoints Aniruddha Deb as the chief marketing officer

Smartphone brand Mobiistar on Monday appoined Aniruddha Deb as the chief marketing officer, the company said in a statement. Aniruddha has 16 years of experience in advertising and marketing communication across FMCG, consumer durables among other verticals. “We are pleased to welcome Aniruddha onboard.

Mobiistar appoints Hardeep Singh Johar as new VP for sales in India

On Monday, Vietnam-based smartphone maker Mobiistar appointed Hardeep Singh Johar as the Vice President for Sales (North and East) in India. With the brand venturing into the offline space, Johar will focus on strategic business expansion and customer and distributor relationship management.

Oppo’s former VP Sky Li resigns to form new technology brand Realme

Sky Li, former vice president of Oppo and head of Oppo''s overseas business has officially resigned from Oppo and founded a new technology brand Realme. Li, who also previously served Oppo India as the country head has now joined as global CEO for Realme which started off as a sub-brand of Oppo.

HOMTOM India appoints Satish Chadha as Regional Sales Manager for Rajasthan, Haryana and MP region

HOMTOM, a leading Smartphone brand of Shenzhen, China has announced the appointment of Satish Chadha as the Regional Sales Manager for Rajasthan, Haryana and MP region. He is an industry veteran and brings in an experience of 15 years from Telecom Industry vertical. Prior to HOMTOM, Satish was part of Videocon Industries, as their AGM.

Prashanth Mani joins Motorola Mobility as India country head

Prashanth Mani has joined Motorola group’s smartphone business as India country head, replacing veteran Sudhin Mathur who stepped down in April, according to sources. ET had earlier reported about the speculation of the appointment in its June 4 issue. Mani previously worked at Samsung India, where he was vice president of retail and go-to-market for the mobile division.

Brightstar Telecom appoints Sanjeev Chhabra as new director for business across India market

SoftBank’s subsidiary Brightstar Corp has appointed Sanjeev Chhabra as its new director for India business, the company said in a release on Tuesday. Sanjeev who was earlier responsible for B2B enterprise business at Brightstar, has taken over the role of director from Deval Parikh. As part of the new role, Sanjeev will be responsible for Brightstar’s business across the India market.

Reliance Jio's Jagbir Singh & Airtel's Shyam Mardikar quit

Chief technology officers of telecom operators Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have resigned from their respective companies. Reliance Jio Group Chief Technology Officer Jagbir Singh had joined the company before the soft launch of 4G services. Prior to this assignment, Singh was working with Samsung, and had previously worked with Airtel for about a decade.

Xiaomi appoints Muralikrishnan B as India chief operating officer

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has appointed Muralikrishnan B as its India chief operating officer, Xiaomi’s Global VP Manu Jain tweeted on Friday. Muralikrishnan was previously the India head of eBay.in and later went on to become the COO of Jabong, the company that Jain co-founded in 2012.

Airtel announces senior leadership appointments for its B2B unit

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s largest telecommunications service provider has announced senior leadership appointments for its B2B unit – Airtel Business. Ajay Chitkara has been appointed as Director and CEO - Airtel Business. In his new role, Ajay will spearhead Airtel Business as an integrated unit that will include both domestic enterprise and global enterprise operations of the company.

Bharti Infratel appoints S Balasubramanian as chief financial officer

Bharti Infratel, a leading global telecommunications company has appointed S. Balasubramanian as their chief financial officer (CFO) after Pankaj Miglani resigned from his position. The tower company in a regulatory filing said that Balasubramanian will take over the role of CFO from August 10.

Lenovo elevates its India chief marketing officer to Asia Pacific level

Chinese PC maker Lenovo said it has elevated its India head of marketing Bhaskar Choudhuri as the chief marketing officer of Asia Pacific. "Bhaskar Choudhuri has succeeded Nick Reynolds as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Lenovo Asia Pacific, and is responsible for elevating Lenovo''s brand across the region," Lenovo said in a statement.

COAI appoints Vodafone CEO Sunil Sood as Chairman

Telecom industry body COAI today said it has appointed Vodafone MD and Chief Executive Officer Sunil Sood as its new Chairman and Bharti Airtel COO Ajai Puri as vice-chairman. The new leadership was announced at COAI''s annual general body meeting for the financial year held today.

Oppo appoints Charles Wong as new India president

Chinese handset maker Oppo on Monday appointed Charles Wong as its new India president to drive growth and to better compete with Xiaomi, which is the market leader. The company said that Wong will be responsible for steering its expansion in India and achieve "the company’s vision to be a leader in the market."

Airtel Payments Bank appoints Anubrata Biswas as MD & CEO

Airtel Payments Bank today said that it has appointed Anubrata Biswas as its Managing Director & CEO. In his new role, Anubrata will be responsible for driving Airtel Payments Bank’s mission of taking convenient and innovative digital banking services to the doorstep of every Indian.

Sterlite Tech appoints Kumud Srinivasan to its Board of Directors

Sterlite Tech, an end-to-end global technology leader in smarter digital networks, today announced the appointment of Kumud Srinivasan from Intel Corporation to its Board of Directors with effect from May 22, 2018. Kumud is Vice President and Director of Non-Volatile Memory Fab Manufacturing and Automation Systems at Intel Corporation.

MTNL gets full time CMD after 4 years

The government has confirmed appointment of P K Purwar as chairman and managing director (CMD) of public sector telecom firm MTNL. "PK Purwar is confirmed as CMD, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited for the balance period of his tenure after expiry of first year on March 2, 2018," the Department of Telecom said in its order dated May 15, 2018.

China-based Transsion appoints Arijeet Talapatra as new CEO of India operations

On Tuesday, China-based technology company Transsion Holdings elevated its veteran employee Arijeet Talapatra as the new CEO of its India operations. Talapatra is currently Senior Vice President-National Head of sales, distribution and retail.