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Act Fibernet Management Team - Leadership

BALA MALLADI

BALA MALLADI

Chief Executive Officer

Bala is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has over 25 years of experience in the industry. He is a veteran of Unilever, where he has successfully completed wide ranging projects in India and Europe in finance, strategy, and supply chain in 17 years. He also headed the commercial function of Kimberly Clark Lever, and represented HUL (Hindustan Unilever) in this Joint Venture.

At ACT, Bala leads the blue print of strategic business plans, directs all business vertical heads to define their operating roadmap, personally oversees acquisitions under ACT, and is the first in command to drive 'the ACT Way' value system across all its operations.
He has used his experience of setting up new businesses and managing large portfolios of well-known brands across the globe to establish ACT as one of the leading digital cable and Broadband service providers in India.

Since he took charge as CEO in 2008, Bala has grown ACT’s business manifolds. He successfully integrated multicultural businesses, introduced cutting edge services such as HDTV, IPTV and high speed Broadband through fiber, created benchmark standards in customer service, and helped ACT’s 4000+ employees and associates to see a common vision for sustainable growth across its business entities.

Bala is passionate about developing people, and loves to spend his free time amidst nature and children. His hobbies include travelling, and taking up small and big business initiatives of multiple dimensions.

Saurabh Mukherjee

Saurabh Mukherjee

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Partha Biswas

Partha Biswas

Chief Operating Officer - Hyderabad

Partha heads the Fibernet operations at Hyderabad and is responsible for the profitable growth of the business.

He has completed his Post Graduation in Management from FMS Delhi and B.Tech from NIT-Jaipur.

Partha has over 15 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, Distribution & Business Operations. His last assignment was with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt.Ltd. Where he was heading the AP region. He also worked with Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd. in the past.

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.

Eashwar Iyer

Eashwar Iyer

Chief Finance Officer

Eashwar leads the Finance Team across all verticals and legal entities.  He is responsible for financial planning and reporting, purchase and other commercial activities, besides guiding the legal and secretarial teams.

Prior to ACT Eashwar worked with Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages as Vice President – Supply Chain, Procurement and Infrastructure.  He has also worked with Agro Tech Foods and PepsiCo in the past. 

Eashwar is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also a Cost Accountant, Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

 

Shefali Mohapatra

Shefali Mohapatra

Chief People Officer

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

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.

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.

Narendra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Compute Science) from Bangalore University and also EPGM from IIM – Lucknow.

R Krishnaswamy

R Krishnaswamy

Senior Vice President – IP Business

Krishnaswamy heads new city expansion for IP Business across India. 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.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta

Vice President – IP Business

Gaurav heads the Delhi Fibernet Business. He has a rich experience in sales, strategy, and portfolio growth. Prior to joining ACT, Gaurav worked with Agro Tech Foods Ltd and his last handled role was General Manager – Sales (West).

Gaurav has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore and a PGDM from MDI Gurgaon.

Arvind Venkatachary

Arvind Venkatachary

Senior Vice President – IP Business

Arvind heads the Bangalore Fibernet Business.

Prior to joining ACT, Arvind worked with Godrej Consumer Products Ltd for 19 years where he was Business Head – SAARC.

Arvind has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Government Engineering College, MP and also Masters in Management Studies from Bombay University.

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.

Sukhbir Singh Bhatia

Sukhbir Singh Bhatia

Vice President – Service Delivery

Sukhbir heads Service Delivery for the 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.

Neethan D Souza

Neethan D Souza

Vice President - Human Resources

Neethan D’Souza heads the corporate HR at ACT. He is responsible for strategic planning & implementation of various HR initiatives and activities. His scope of work includes core HR functions like Talent Acquisition, Training & Development, Organization Development, HR Analytics and internal communications for ACT Group. His role includes partnering with all Business Heads and HR Heads identifying newer initiatives, strategizing and implementing them in alignment with ACT’s people’s strategy. Reporting into the Chief People Officer and working closely with ACT’s Executive committee and leadership team, he oversees and drives the effectiveness of all initiatives undertaken.

Neethan has over 17 years of work experience in varied industries. Prior to joining ACT, Neethan worked with Danzas - DHL. His experience also includes organizations like Toyota Kirloskar Motors, Airtel, TNT and Graphite India.

Neethan holds a Master's Degree in Social Work

Santosh Cherian

Santosh Cherian

Vice President – Projects

Cherian spearheads the CRM and Field automation projects for the group. He is responsible for strategic planning, design, development and implementation of these critical projects across the group level.

Prior to his current role, he has been responsible for managing the Branch Operations of the Hyderabad business. He has also 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, business operations and commercial management.

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

Srinivas Chintada

Srinivas Chintada

Vice President – Finance

Srinivas is responsible for finance controlling activity which includes accounting and auditing, treasury, budgeting, MIS, compliances and insurance

Srinivas is a qualified chartered accountant and cost accountant. He has also completed and executive program in Management from IIM - Calcutta

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

Ravi Karthik

Ravi Karthik

Vice President - Marketing

Ravi Karthik heads the entire marketing function at the group level.

Ravi Karthik has over a decade of experience in different areas of Marketing including Brand Management, Digital Marketing, Merchandising, Go to market design, consumer insights and Market Analytics. His last assignment was with Flipkart India Pvt Ltd as Category Head. He has also worked with P&G in India and Singapore in the past.

Ravi Karthik holds an MBA degree from IIM – Bangalore.

Dhruv Kumar

Dhruv Kumar

Vice President – Analytics

Dhruv heads the Analytics vertical for the ACT group. He is responsible providing actionable business insights using analytics, improve efficiency through algorithms, artificial intelligence and enable last mile execution via automation.

Dhruv did his B.Tech in IT from IIIT,Allahabad and PGDM from IIM Calcutta. He is also a certified CFA Charterholder.

Prior to ACT, Dhruv had a stint with Allcargo Logistics where he worked on their global strategy and re-engineering processes. In the past he was the Vice President for Private Equity and new business ventures at then 600mn.USD Nadathur Family office. He has also worked with Microsoft and IBM.

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 liaising with multiple stakeholder groups like the Government, Employees and Investors.

Prior to joining ACT in January 2016, Sunil was a reputed Tennis coach and administrator for over twenty five years. He was the National coach and Director of Development with All India Tennis Association (AITA) and a coach educator

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

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.

Prakash Thakrar

Prakash Thakrar

Vice President – Finance

Prakash heads the finance and accounts department of Hyderabad Business

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

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

Kishore Divvela

Kishore Divvela

Vice President –Sales

Kishore heads the sales function for Bangalore Internet businesses where he is 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.

Abhinav Deepankar

Abhinav Deepankar

Vice President – Sales, Hyderabad

Abhinav heads the sales function for Hyderabad business and he is instrumental in building the sales team ground up, creating and executing the strategies for profitable growth of the business.

Abhinav has a strong experience in various areas of Strategy, Profit Optimization, B2C and B2B Sales, Operations, GTM Transformation, Organization Design & People Capability, Digitization and Analytics. Prior to ACT he has worked with Himalaya Drug Company, Cadbury, Asian Paints and Pepsico India.

Abhinav holds an Engineering degree from Mangalore University, PGDBA from Narsee Monjee Institute for Management Studies and a Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School.

Anil Kumar Madepalli

Anil Kumar Madepalli

Senior Vice President - Enterprise business

Anil conceptualizes and implements marketing and sales strategies and is responsible for ensuring profitable growth of enterprise 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 Service

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.

Yugandhar Duvvuri

Yugandhar Duvvuri

Vice President- Service Delivery

Yugandhar heads the service delivery function for Hyderabad Fibernet business.

Yugandhar holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

Yugandhar brings with him a rich experience in the area of Sales,Operations,Distribution and Customer Service. His last assignment was with MTS-Sistema Shyam Teleservices as Deputy Director for Bangalore Metro.Yugandhar has also worked with Reliance Big TV, Godrej Hi-Care and TATA Teleservices in the past.

Yugandhar Penubolu

Yugandhar Penubolu

Vice President – Credit Control and Retention

Yugandhar heads the Credit Control,Collection and Retention function for Hyderabad Fibernet business.

Yugandhar has a Bachelor's Degree in commerce and also holds PGDM in Project Management.

Prior to joining ACT, Yugandhar worked as Head of Collection at Barclays Bank. He has also worked with Standard Chartered Bank , Indiabulls Credit Services, GE Countrywide Consumer Financial Services and CITI Group in the past.

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