Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Tata Communications, Ltd.
Srinath Narasimhan is one of the leading figures in India's corporate presence in Africa. A trusted hand in Ratan Tata's US$62.5 billion automobile, energy, steel and high-tech-product group, Narasimhan has worked his way up to positions of ever greater responsibility at several Tata subsidiaries since 1986.
Narasimhan earned his first degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai and then a master's at the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata. In the mid-1980s, he began his career at Tata Administrative Services. He moved to Hyderabad in 1999 as Chief Operating Officer at Tata Teleservices. After a stint as CEO at Tata Internet Services, he took the helm at Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd., which Tata bought from the Indian government in 2002. When VSNL lost its monopoly on interconnecting charges on calls in and out of India, Narasimhan effected an impressive turnaround and led strategic acquisitions of Tyco Global Network and Teleglobe. In 2007, he became Managing Director of VSNL, which was then re-named Tata Communications Ltd., and was appointed CEO of Tata Communications Group at the same time.
Tata Communications is one of the largest carriers of the world's international data traffic and Narasimhan is at the forefront of the battle for Africa's lucrative telecoms. Under his leadership, Tata has built a strong presence in Africa: its holdings and alliances include a majority stake acquired in 2005 in South Africa's second national operator, Neotel, and a partnership agreed in September with internet company AccessKenya to provide access to the newly connected SEACOM undersea fibre-optic cable in East Africa.