Telecom Career: Airtel appoints B2B chief

Staff writer
17 Jan 2014
Daily News

Manish Prakash to lead Bharti Airtel’s enterprise and government business

Bharti Airtel has appointed Manish Prakash as director for enterprise & government, responsible for overall strategy and leadership of the telco’s business-to-business (B2B) operations in India. He will report to Gopal Vittal, joint managing director and CEO (India).

In his role, Prakash will focus on consolidating Airtel’s enterprise and government business, devising and executing growth strategies, leading product innovation and injecting world-class process and service capabilities within the organization.

He will also be a part of the Airtel management board, the Indian telco said in a statement.

Prior to joining Airtel, Prakash was most recently the MD of infrastructure managed services for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) at Accenture.

Before that Manish was also associated with SK C&C - the affiliate company of SK Telecom in Korea - as CEO of the international business division and served on the board of the affiliate organizations across China, India, Central Asia and US. He has also held leadership roles at Tech Mahindra, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

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