Bharti Infratel has re-appointed D.S Rawat as the Managing Director and CEO. In a stock exchange filing the company has mentioned that in its annual general meeting, the Board of Directors of the Company, has appointed him the MD&CEO for a period of up to six months i.e. w.e.f. April 1, 2020, up till September 30, 2020, or up till the ensuing Arumal General Meeting of the Company, whichever is earlier.
D S Rawat is part of the Company since 2010. He is also a member of the Executive Council Committee of Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) and the Northern Regional Council of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
It can be recalled that in 2018, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone Group had announced an agreement for the merger of Indus Towers and Bharti Infratel to create the largest mobile tower operator in the world outside China. It will have over 1,63,000 towers across 22 telecom service areas in India.
Industry veteran D.S Rawat was expected to lead the role after the merger but he declined. According to a media report, he informed the board of directors that post the merger of Bharti Infratel Ltd and Indus Towers Ltd, he intends to continue within Bharti Group in a senior role and accordingly would not like to be considered for the role of MD and CEO of the merged entity.
He holds over 25 years of Telecom in-depth experience in handling P&L, technology, rollouts, and regulatory interfaces - both from operator and supplier perspective. Previously, he has worked with leading telecom Companies like Ericsson and Huawei.
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