Srini Gopalan quits Bharti Airtel, set to join Deutsche Telecom

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New Delhi | Published: July 8, 2016 6:41:10 AM

Srini Gopalan, the director for consumer business at Bharti Airtel, has quit the company and would join as a new board of management member for Europe at Deutsche Telekom, reports R Jai Krishna in New Delhi.

Srini Gopalan, the director for consumer business at Bharti Airtel, has quit the company and would join as a new board of management member for Europe at Deutsche Telekom, reports R Jai Krishna in New Delhi.Srini Gopalan, the director for consumer business at Bharti Airtel, has quit the company and would join as a new board of management member for Europe at Deutsche Telekom, reports R Jai Krishna in New Delhi.

Srini Gopalan, the director for consumer business at Bharti Airtel, has quit the company and would join as a new board of management member for Europe at Deutsche Telekom, reports R Jai Krishna in New Delhi. Gopalan had joined Bharti in 2013 from Vodafone UK, where he was the director for consumer business.

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecommunications company, confirmed the development.

“Srini has decided to pursue opportunities outside of Airtel and we respect his decision. We thank him for his valuable contribution to the organisation and wish him the very best for the future,” a spokesman for Bharti Airtel told FE.

Gopalan’s departure comes at a time Bharti is gearing up to face competition from yet-to-be-launched high-speed communications services by Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Gopalan was in charge of increasing data usage by Bharti’s subscribers, where he also led the rolling out of app services including Wynk. Gopalan was also the leading architect behind the Airtel Zero platform which could not be operationalised because of an uproar that it violated the tenets of net neutrality.

Later, such schemes were disallowed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

A former Unilever executive, Gopalan, a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, is a seasoned telecommunications professional. He began his career at Capital One, a US-based financial services company, from where he joined T-Mobile UK as managing director in 2009, and later as chief marketing officer. T-Mobile is a unit of Deutsche Telekom. At T-Mobile, Gopalan had also led the successful joint venture with Orange, Everything Everywhere, later EE. He joined Vodafone UK as its director for consumer business for three years before moving to Bharti Airtel in India in a similar role.

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