Changes at the ministry

  • Manoj Sinha has assumed the charge of Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Communications, on July 6, 2016. In addition, he is already holding the charge of Minister of State for Railways. Manoj Sinha is a Member of Parliament from Gazipur Lok Sabha Constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He was re-elected to Lok Sabha (3rd term) in May, 2014. Earlier he was elected to Lok Sabha in the years 1996 and 1999.
  • He is a civil engineering graduate from Institute of Technology, Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. During his parliamentary career, he has been a member of various committees, which include the Standing Committee on Energy and the Committee on Government Assurances.
  • Sinha has replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad, who has taken over as the new Union Law & Justice Minister. This is in addition to his current charge as Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology.


  • Aruna Sundararajan has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. Her prior appointments include as CEO of the National Common Service Centre (CSC), apart from being administrator of the USO Fund which comes under the department of telecom. She succeeds Aruna Sharma.
  • Brightstar Corp. has appointed Deval "Dev" Parikh as the CEO and director of Beetel Teletech Limited. He joins Brightstar from Reliance Jio, where he served as SVP of the mobility business.
  • Reliance Group has appointed Juergen Hase as the Group CEO of its Internet of Things (IoT) business. Till recently, he was responsible for implementing the IoT business for Qatar-headquartered international telecom company Ooredoo in the Middle-East, North Africa, and South Asia. He reports to group managing director, Amitabh Jhunjhunwala.
  • Tejinder Kalra has been appointed as chief operating officer, Indus Towers. He joins Indus Towers from Nokia, where he was the global head for Bharti business.
  • Balaji Prakash has been appointed as head of consumer business unit (CBU) for Karnataka and Kerala Circle of Tata Docomo. Prior to this, he was the CBU head for Tamil Nadu, Tata Teleservices.
  • Shantanu Das Gupta has been appointed as senior vice president, Intex Technologies. He was earlier vice president, consumer services, VP marketing, and VP corporate affairs and strategy, Whirlpool India.
  • Bharti Airtel's consumer director-India, Srini Gopalan, has been appointed by Deutsche Telekom as the new board member for Europe. After an onboarding period, he will assume the duties of Claudia Nemat, who will head the new Technology and Innovation Board department and relinquish responsibility for the Europe segment.
  • CA Technologies has appointed Surya Panditi as general manager of its India Technology Center. Based in Hyderabad, he will report to chief products officer, Ayman Sayed.
  • Raghu Reddy has been appointed as head of online sales of Xiaomi India. He was earlier senior director, Jasper Infotech, and has also worked as senior director-mobiles and tablets.
  • Sanjay Kumar Kalirona has been appointed as CEO, Zen Mobiles. He was earlier AVP and head-mobile business, Intex Technologies (I) Ltd.
  • Jason Baden has been appointed as senior director for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) of Brocade. Baden joins Brocade from Juniper Networks, where most recently he was regional director for ANZ.


  • Minhaj Zia, managing director of India & SAARC at Polycom, has been elevated to a larger global role, as Vice-President-South East Asia, India, and SAARC.


  • Hans Vestberg has stepped down as president and CEO and member of the board of directors of Ericsson with immediate effect. Jan Frykhammar, executive vice president and CFO, has assumed the CEO position until a new CEO is in office. Carl Mellander, currently VP and group treasurer, has been appointed as the acting CFO.
  • SN Sharma, who was part of the leadership team to drive Reliance Jio's cable distribution business, has quit the company. He might return to DEN Networks, where he was CEO before joining Reliance Jio in 2015.
  • Kate McKenzie, chief operating officer of Telstra is retiring. Brendon Riley, the group executive global enterprise and services, will be the interim chief operations officer.

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