As many as eight Indianorigin persons, including those working with Tatas and Bharti group, have been named among 40 young leaders of the global telecom industry.
Indians featured in the 40 under 40list by Global
Telecoms Business ( GTB), a telecommunications magazine, include Srinivasa Addepalli of Tata Communications, Pankaj Agrawal ( Aircel), Ajay Chitkara ( Bharti Airtel), Gauri Raizada ( Tata Teleservices) and Rene Meza ( Airtel Kenya), Mukesh Bavisi ( Exponential- e), Udit Mehrotra ( Shyam Networks) and Upendra Poranki ( Nokia Siemens Networks).
The last years list had only one Indian – Srinivasa Addepalli.
On Srinivasa Addepalli, GTB said that he embodies the spirit of adventure that Tata Communications represents.
Addepalli has played a pivotal role in this journey as the cocreator and enabler of the companys unique strategy.Regarding Agrawal, GTB said that he played a key role in transforming Aircel from a regional operator to a pan- Indian operator, while Ajay Chitkara has been the catalyst to build a business from scratch to a USD 450 million operation today.Chitkara is one of the youngest CEOs at Bharti Airtel and in the Indian telecom industry.
The magazine said that Rene Meza has done an outstanding jobin the development of telecommunications in east Africa.
The coveted list also include Batelcos Enas Al Fardan, France Telecom Oranges Christophe Alter, BT Global ServicesSian Baldwin, Julien Ducarroz of Orange, Alcatel- Lucents Heather Kirksey, Mikhail Gerchuk of MTS, Vodafones Bryan Littlefair.
For the study, respondents were asked who they thought are the global telecom industrys young leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. To prepare the list, only those born on or after July 1, 1971, were considered.