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Act Fibernet Management Team - Leadership

Pramod Kabra

Pramod Kabra

Partner, IVFA

Pramod joined IVFA in 2007, and is based in Mumbai. He is closely involved in supporting and building IVFA companies across different sectors including logistics & transportation, media, financial services and FMCG

Pramod is a Bachelor of Commerce and a qualified Chartered Accountant. He had earlier worked with Unilever for 23 years, gathering a wide ranging experience in strategy, finance, M&A, supply chain, and innovations. He held various leadership positions including that of head of treasury for Asia and Africa region, and Board member of the Global Home Care Category Team.

Dhiraj Poddar

Dhiraj Poddar

Partner, TA Associates

Dhiraj co-heads the Indian operations of TA Associates Advisory Pvt. Ltd., focusing on investments in companies in India and other emerging markets. He has advised on over 11 investments across financial services, technology, business services and manufacturing. He joined TA in 2010 and has more than 12 years of experience in the private equity industry.

Dhiraj is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. His varied experience at  influential organizations like Standard Chartered Private Equity, Infosys BPO Ltd., and ICICI Securities among others, helps him lead by example in his current assignment.

Saurabh Mukherjee

Saurabh Mukherjee

Chief Operating Officer - Hyderabad Business

Saurabh heads the Fibernet operations at Hyderabad and is responsible for the profitable growth of the business. Prior to his Hyderabad stint, he looked after the Cable TV and Fibernet businesses for the Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka markets and steered new acquisitions of subsidiary enterprises, along with the CEO and CFO.

He has, in the past, worked with Procter & Gamble, Infosys and TATA Steel, where he gained wide ranging experience in power plant maintenance, IT services and leading country level go-to-market projects.

Saurabh completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta. He holds a B. Tech (Hons.) Degree from IIT Kharagpur.

Sandeep Mohan Gupta

Sandeep Mohan Gupta

Chief Operating Officer - Rest of India

Sandeep spearheads operations for internet and cable businesses across markets except Hyderabad. He is responsible for strategic expansion and profitable growth of the business.

Prior to ACT, Sandeep worked with Madura Coats for more than 16 years in various functions including Supply Chain and Sales & Marketing. In his last assignment, Sandeep worked as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Madura Coats.

Sandeep has done his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.

Shefali Mohapatra

Shefali Mohapatra

Chief People Officer, ACT

Shefali heads the Human Resource function of the group and leads all the HR-related activities like HR Operations, Recruitment, Training and Organization Development.

Shefali has worked with organizations like Levi’s, Reliance Retail, VF Arvind, and ConAgra Foods.

Shefali completed her PGDBM from MDI Gurgaon. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

Venkatesh Bhat

Venkatesh Bhat

Chief Finance Officer

Venkatesh Bhat leads the finance team across all verticals and legal entities. He is responsible for financial planning & reporting, purchase and other commercial activities, besides guiding the legal and secretarial teams. Venkatesh played a key role in the inorganic expansion of ACT businesses and integration of acquired businesses.

Prior to ACT, Venkatesh worked with GE Healthcare as Finance Controller for South Asia. He has also worked with Whirlpool and Hindustan Lever in the past.

Venkatesh has a distinguished academic record and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and membership of ICAI.

Prasanna Gokhale

Prasanna Gokhale

Chief Technology Officer

Prasanna heads the technology function for the ACT Group. He is responsible for network planning, implementation and maintenance for the Internet and Video business across all locations.

Prior to joining ACT, Prasanna had been a successful entrepreneur and was the co-founder of Anvaya networks. He has worked with companies like Tata Elxsi and Radisys earlier.

Prasanna holds a B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication from KREC Surathkal.

Hara Prasad Kar

Hara Prasad Kar

Chief Information Officer

Hara takes care of strategy, delivery and operation of a robust information network across various business verticals within the ACT group.

Hara has rich experience across all domains in IT space, with varied industry experience from Petrochem, Telecom to DTH. Prior to ACT, he worked with TATA Sky, Airtel and Reliance.

Hara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Narendran Varma Vuppalapati

Narendran Varma Vuppalapati

Senior Vice President - Product Development & Corporate Relations

Narendra has been an entrepreneur turned professional and worked in Airtel for 10 years. He brings a vast experience of understanding and working with government and an array of new technological solutions. He will be initially based out of Hyderabad and will report to Bala. Narendra has rich experience in telecommunication, IT Services, and office automation sectors. He has good exposure in managing sales operations, mobile, data business, VAS and enterprise solution sales. His last assignment was with Bharti Airtel Limited as Business Head - AP & Telangana.

R Krishnaswamy

R Krishnaswamy

Vice President, IP Business

R.Krishnaswamy heads the Chennai Fibernet business. He has vast experience across various industries including Consumer Durables, Finance, FMCG and Telecom. Prior to joining ACT, he worked for Airtel, Coca Cola, TTK Health Care Limited and BPL Sanyo Technologies in Sales & Marketing functions.

Krishnaswamy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and also Masters in Business Administration.

Kapil Chugh

Kapil Chugh

Vice President – Operations

Kapil heads the Internet Business for Andhra Pradesh and Cable Business across markets. He has a wide experience across Telecom, Logistics, Retail and Business Management Consulting.        

Prior to joining ACT, Kapil worked with organizations like Telenor, Airtel, DHL Express, KSA Technopak and Havells India.

Kapil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Neethan D Souza

Neethan D Souza

Vice President - Human Resources

Neethan takes care of HR Operations, Recruitment, Training and Organization Development. Prior to joining ACT, Neethan worked with Danzas AEI Emirates LLC at DHL, Dubai as Operations Manager - Human Resources.

He has also worked with Graphite India, TNT, Airtel and Toyota Kirloskar Motors.

Neethan holds a Master's Degree in Social Work.

Santosh Cherian

Santosh Cherian

Vice President – Branch Operations

Santosh is responsible for managing the entire Branch Operations of the Hyderabad business. Prior to his current role, he has been instrumental in establishing the Community Business vertical of Hyderabad business.

Prior to joining ACT, he worked with Cobra Beer Pvt. Ltd., London as Senior Commercial Head, where he gained vast ranging experience in business development, international marketing, operations and commercial management.

Santosh holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Marketing & Finance from Richmond University, London. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

Sukhbir Singh Bhatia

Sukhbir Singh Bhatia

Vice President – Operations Delhi

Sukhbir heads the operations in Delhi for ACT Group.

Sukhbir has a vast experience in Large Scale Project Implementation, Revenue Assurance and Supply Chain Operations. Prior to joining ACT, he worked with TATA Communications, Lupin labs and Reliance.

Sukhbir is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Symbiosis.

Prakash Thakrar

Prakash Thakrar

Vice President – Finance & Control

Prakash is responsible for finance controlling activity which includes Accounting & Auditing, Treasury, Budgeting, MIS, Compliances and Insurance.

Prior to joining ACT, Prakash was heading the Finance & Accounting function at Metro Cash & Carry India. In the past he also worked with Genpact and Agro Tech Foods.

Prakash holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

B. Viswanathan

B. Viswanathan

Vice President – Commercials

Viswanathan is accountable for commercial controllership wherein he is responsible for Procurement, Materials Management, Finance and all the Business Partnering activities for the ACT Group.

Prior to joining ACT, Viswanathan worked with Bharti Airtel as Financial Controller for Fibernet, Data and 4G LTE business. In his previous assignments he also worked with HFCL, Essar, Domino's, RPG and C-DOT.

Viswanathan holds Master’s Degree in Commerce and is a qualified Cost Accountant.

Kishore Divvela

Kishore Divvela

Vice President –Sales

Kishore heads the sales function for Bangalore & Vishakhapatnam Internet businesses where he was instrumental in building the sales team ground up. He is responsible for creating and executing the strategies for profitable growth of the business.

Kishore has strong FMCG and Telecom sales background. Prior to ACT he worked for Pepsi and Bharti Airtel.

Kishore holds Post Graduate Degree in Business Management from Institute for Technology and Management. He loves playing table tennis.

Srinivas Chintada

Srinivas Chintada

Vice President – Finance

Srinivas heads the Finance and Accounts department of ACT’s Hyderabad business.

Srinivas has experience in various industries like Telecom, Power and Sugar. He has worked with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), financial services and Sugar and Power Company.

Srinivas holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce. He is a certified Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants on India (ICMAI). Srinivas also completed an Executive Program in Management from IIM – Calcutta.

Anil Kumar Madepalli

Anil Kumar Madepalli

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Anil conceptualizes and implements marketing and sales strategies and is responsible for ensuring profitable growth of Hyderabad Fibernet Business.

Anil has in-depth understanding and knowledge across B2B and B2C verticals in FMCG and Telecom industries. Prior to ACT, Anil worked with Colgate Palmolive, Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular.

Anil holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Pramod Kumar Lamba

Pramod Kumar Lamba

Vice President, Customer Services

Pramod takes care of Customer Service function and is responsible for the inbound and outbound call-centre operations for Hyderabad business.

In his last assignment at TATA Sky, he took care of the field operations and Customer Care for Andhra Pradesh. He has also worked with Airtel and Hotel Green Park in the past.

Pramod has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Symbiosis University.

Sunil Yajaman

Sunil Yajaman

Vice President - Corporate affairs

Sunil is responsible for providing strategic leadership to develop and maintain effective relationships with Internal and external stake holders. He also oversees the Public relations function and handles liaisoning with multiple stakeholder groups like the Government, Media, Employees and Investors.

Prior to joining ACT in January 2016, Sunil was a reputed Tennis coach and administrator for over twenty five years. His ability to build a team and motivate them for success is a core strength. Having been a National coach and Director of Development with All India Tennis Association (AITA) and a coach educator, he has developed strong and healthy relations across the country.

Sunil holds a Diploma in Pharmacy and B.Sc in Micro Biology from Bangalore University.

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