London/Singapore, June 4,2016: Leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat, has announced the appointment of Gautam Sharma to head its operations in India as Managing Director.
His previous career experience also includes roles with optical and wireless solutions firm Arasor International Holding as well as Globsyn and Hexacom India Limited (now Airtel). He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Telecom Management, Specialization in Marketing & Telecommunication, Symbiosis from the Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management, Pune, India, as well as a degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, (BITS, Pilani), Rajasthan, India.
One of the first priorities for Sharma will be to work closely with BSNL to strengthen their partnership and open a new gateway that will support the anticipated increase in Indian-based end-users of Inmarsat’s services. Inmarsat has signed an agreement to partner with Indian state-owned telecommunications company to distribute its fourth generation, L-band voice and data services within the Indian market|
Says Inmarsat’s CEO, Rupert Pearce: “According to the World Bank, India is forecast to be the world’s fastest growing economy in 2016. Together with our strategic partner, BSNL, we have the opportunity to address the significant potential demand for reliable, mobile satellite communication services across a broad range of commercial and public sectors. Our selection of Gautam Sharma, a highly experienced Indian telecoms leader, as managing director of our Indian operations is a further sign of our long-term commitment to and the growth potential of the market in India”.
Adds Sharma said: “We firmly believe that satellite communications can play a significant part in helping India’s connectivity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a strategic vision around Digital India and we believe there is a vital role for satellite communications to play within that project and beyond.”