Green tipped to join Reliance Com in Sept

New Delhi, May 28 | Updated: May 29 2007, 05:33am hrs
Darryl Green, who recently quit as Tata Teleservices chief executive officer citing personal reasons, may join rival Reliance Communications in three months.

According to industry sources, Green will join the countrys biggest CDMA operator as president in September. His role will be of a non-executive nature and the company will try to use his experience in areas like technology forecast and evaluation.

He will be more of a consultant or strategic advisor, the source told FE on conditions of anonymity. A Reliance spokesperson, when contacted, declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old American national, who was said to be the highest-paid CEO in the India telecom sector, on Monday joined employment services firm Manpower Inc as executive VP and president of Asia-Pacific operations.

Green began talks with Reliance Communications in April itself, but as per rules, he cant join a competitor immediately after leaving the organisation. So he will be in Manpower for a cool-off period of about three months, said the source.

Reliance Communications is believed to have offered Green a hike of 20-25% over the $1 million salary he was drawing in Tata Teleservices during his two-year stint.

Prior to joining Tata Teleservices, Green was CEO of Vodafone,Japan. Between 1989 and 1998, he held various management positions at AT&T. In Manpower, he succeeds Iain Herbertson and will be based in Japan.

He was the only expatriate CEO in the Indian telecom industry and held the post even before the government allowed foreign executives to head Indian telecom companies in March this year.