Sandip Das, Director Aircel & Chief Executive Officer of Maxis Communications Berhad, has been named one of 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry worldwide, by Global Telecom Business for his game-changing influence on the Malaysian and Asian communications landscape. The GTB Power100 list was compiled from nominations by worldwide readers of Global Telecoms Business - including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world's major operators, telecoms vendors and industry organisations.
Sandip took leadership of the Maxis Group of companies in 2007 after growing India's first private Telco (now Vodafone Essar Limited) into a premium brand. He then took the helm of Maxis Berhad, the Group's flagship operations in 2009. While at the helm of the Group's Malaysian operations, Sandip also serves as a director on the boards of Group companies i.e. Sri Lanka Telekom Plc and Mobitel (Private) in Sri Lanka, Aircel Limited, and PT Natrindo Telepon Selular in Indonesia.Sandip was appointed Director to the Board of Aircel Ltd in 2007.
Internationally Sandip is a member of the Board and the Executive Council of the Bridge Mobile Alliance, Asia's largest mobile alliance, comprising the region's top mobile operators.
He holds a First Class Mechanical Engineering degree from Regional Engineering College, Rourkela, India (now renamed the National Institute of Technology) and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
Aircel, a part of Maxis Communications Berhad, Malaysia, is India's fifth largest GSM mobile service provider with a subscriber base of over 48 million and is the fastest growing mobile operator in the country. It is the market leader in Tamil Nadu, Assam, North-East and Chennai. and with spectrum secured for all the remaining circles (a total of 23 circles in India), the company is on track to become a leading Pan-India Operator. For more information, please log on to www.aircel.com