Coriant, a leading supplier of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale internet operators, today announced the appointment of Vikram V. Shanbhag as managing director for Asia Pacific South. In this position, he will oversee operations, business development, sales and channel strategy, and customer support operations in the region, including India. Based in Coriant’s Gurgaon, India offices, Shanbhag will report directly to Coriant’s Chief Customer Officer Homayoun Razavi.
“We are excited to welcome Vikram to Coriant’s leadership team as we continue to focus on delivering next-generation communications technologies to customers in one the world’s fastest growing telecom markets,” said Razavi. “He brings an impressive background and extensive global business, sales and management experience to Coriant, where he will be responsible for strengthening our market position, further developing our operations and deepening our all-important customer relationships in India.”
Shanbhag’s appointment comes on the heels of Coriant’s agreement with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, India’s largest telecom provider, which enables the two entities to jointly fast track the development of 5G and IoT technology infrastructure for India’s growing base of connected citizens.
With more than 27 years of experience in telecom and technology, Shanbhag brings a noteworthy track record in senior global leadership roles with demonstrated success in building and growing operations and business development throughout India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. His achievements include leading sales growth by 150 percent for Mahindra Comviva, a global leader in mobile solutions offering digital VAS, mobile finance and customer management solutions for telecom operators, where he also directed the company’s largest business unit and consistently generated record sales and profitability. For Covansys, a consulting and technology services company offering application development and maintenance outsourcing and integration services, he successfully developed and led a telecom R&D, product customization and professional services business across three continents and generated revenue with over 40 percent profitability.
“India is a very dynamic environment and is driving innovation in core telecom infrastructure such as 5G technology. For example, 5G represents an enormous leap forward in capacity and speed for its solid base of 300 million connected users that are currently driving data capacity requirements. This supports the company’s next-generation technologies, as well as its growing network of technology partners that enable Coriant to provide industry-leading, end-user services and applications including: 5G, IoT, Cloud and the Industrial Internet. With that, I am excited to lead Coriant’s initiatives in India and throughout the region,” said Shanbhag.