COAI announces new leadership for 2015-16

New Delhi, India, May 29, 2015: COAI, the leading Mobile Communications Association representing seven of the largest mobile service operators, and the majority of telecom equipment manufacturers as well as other communication services and product companies in India,in its Annual  General  Body  Meeting,  held  on  May 28,  2015, announced  the  election  of  its  new leadership  for  the  term  2015-16.Mr.Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular Ltd. has been elected as the Chairman and Mr. Gopal Vittal, JointManaging Director and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel Limited,has been elected as the Vice-Chairman. COAI also designated its Executive Council for the new term at the meeting.

Himanshu Kapania has been the Managing Director of Idea Cellular since April 2011. Mr. Kapania has rich experience of over two decades where he has seen the Indian telecom industry start from a two player market in the early 90s, to the hyper competition of today with a dozen global mobile operators, which has made India the world’s 2nd largest telecom market. He spearheaded Idea Cellular Ltd. to be one of top 3 telecom players and also serves on the board of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. (ABMCPL), the strategic advisory unit of the US$ 40 billion Aditya Birla Group. He is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Gopal Vittal, JointManaging Director and CEO (India and South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited,has been elected as the Vice Chairman.Mr. Vittal has a vast experience of 25 years in senior leadership positions in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Telecom industries. Mr.Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

Rajan S. Mathews,  Director  General,  COAI,  extended  his  heartfelt  gratitude  to  Mr. Marten Pieters,  the  outgoing  Chairman  of  COAI  for  the  bold,  courageous  and  excellent  leadership provided  by  him  through  one  of the  most  challenging periods  for the Indian Telecom sector.  He congratulated and welcomed Mr. Himanshu Kapaniaand Mr. Gopal Vittal for their new leadership positions in COAI for the coming term.

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