leadership

  • DR. Anand Agarwal- Group CEO and Whole-time Director

    Dr. Anand Agarwal

    Group CEO and Whole-time Director

    At a time when technological advancement is transforming everyday living, STL is fortunate to have a passionate technocrat like Anand at the helm. Since he became CEO in 2003, Anand has led the organisation’s transformation from a leading provider of optical fibre to making digital inclusion possible through designing and deploying high-capacity converged fibre and wireless networks. Anand is a BTech from IIT Kanpur and an MS and PhD in Materials Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. He joined STL in 1995.

  • Anupam Jindal- CFO

    Anupam Jindal

    Group Chief Finance Officer

    A chartered accountant from ICAI, Anupam began his professional journey with the Vedanta Group in 1998. After working in the aluminium foil and copper-cable businesses, he went on to head the finance division of the group’s mining operations in Australia. Moving back to India, he joined STL in 2006 as CFO, and has since been instrumental in driving the Company’s sustained and robust financial performance.

  • Ankit Agarwal- CEO, Connectivity Solutions Business

    Ankit Agarwal

    CEO, Connectivity Solutions Business

    Ankit has been instrumental in leading the Company’s entry into new markets and customer segments, such as Cloud companies. Under his leadership, STL has established its presence in 100 countries. As a young leader, Ankit is also a champion of internal culture change, from driving a flat organisation to leading community efforts. He joined STL in 2007 after completing his Bachelor’s from the University of Southern California and MBA from London Business School.

  • K. S. Rao- COO(Telecom Products & Solutions)

    KS Rao

    CEO, Network Services Business

    KS joined STL in 1993 to set up the Company’s opticalfibre cable plant in Aurangabad and soon became instrumental in growing its fibre, cables and services business in India, China and Brazil. Today, he leads the Company’s Network Services business, by building robust network infrastructures for Defence, BharatNet, Smart Cities and Telcos. KS is also actively involved in community initiatives in Marathwada, such as water conservation and women empowerment.

  • Anshoo Gaur- EVP – Software

    Anshoo Gaur

    CEO, Network Software Business

    Anshoo is the force behind STL’s network software and programmable networks business. Under his leadership, STL has launched a disruptive portfolio of software products and set up world-class capability for open and software-defined networks. Anshoo holds a postgraduate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

  • DR. Badri Gomatam- Chief Technology Officer

    Dr. Badri Gomatam

    Group Chief Technology Officer

    A photonics expert, Badri leads core research in optical communications products and network solutions. With a view on emerging network technologies, Badri guides the Company’s technology vision. Under his leadership, the Company today has over 270 patents to its credit. Badri has an MS and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BS from the Birla Institute of Technology. He joined STL in 2011.

  • Gaurav Basra- Chief Strategy Officer

    Gaurav Basra

    Chief Strategy Officer

    With significant international consulting experience, Gaurav works closely with the leadership team to develop long-term strategies for growth. He has 20 years’ experience in corporate strategy development and transformation, innovation management and investment portfolio management at Booz & Company, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Siemens and Mobily. He has an engineering degree from the University of Pune and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

  • Anjali Byce - Chief Human Resource Officer

    Anjali Byce

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    As STL grows exponentially, Anjali and her team are building an agile and culturally strong organisation by running strong programmes on talent, culture, values and diversity. Anjali has extensive experience in organisational development, learning and development and industrial relations. She has also worked at SKF, Tata Motors, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, Cummins and Thermax. She has a Master’s in Human Resources from the Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD, and in Applied Psychology from the University of Delhi.

  • Manish Sinha - Chief Marketing Officer

    Manish Sinha

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Manish has donned many hats – from consultant at McKinsey & Co. and Infosys and leading operations at WNS and Capital One to being a ‘start-up guy’ at Quikr Homes and Common Floor. He is an engineering graduate from IIT Delhi and MBA from IIM Calcutta. Manish leads customer engagement at a time when the Company is growing exponentially. An enthusiastic culture champion, he joined STL in 2017, and soon became the face of change internally.

  • Nischal Gupta - Chief Transformation Officer

    Nischal Gupta

    Chief Transformation Officer

    STL is one of few companies to have the role of Chief Transformation Offcer. Nischal leads this very critical role to drive internal process excellence, technology integration, programme management and data science. He joined STL in 2017 from Flipkart, and has vast international experience at Fujitsu, IBM, Lenovo and HP in USA, Europe, China and Slovakia. He has a BE in Industrial Engineering, MS in IT Services from SUNY, Buffalo and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore.

  • Akanksha Sharma

    Akanksha Sharma

    Head CSR and Sustainability

    STL is committed to the community, and Akanksha spearheads the company’s vision for CSR and Sustainability. She drives a portfolio of community projects aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Akanksha brings in experience from organisations such as UNICEF, Jubilant Food Works and Vedanta. Post her MBA, she has done an advanced program from Harvard Business School.

  • Ayush Sharma

    Ayush Sharma

    Programmable Networking & Intelligence

    Ayush leads open, programmable network solutions at STL. A founding member of open SDN, he is a Master’s in Data Communications from Brunel University, London. He has also worked at Reliance Jio, Huawei and Ericsson.

  • Jitendra Balakrishnan

    Jitendra Balakrishnan

    Connectivity Solutions

    Literally a rocket scientist, Jitendra is a Doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. At STL, he drives R&D for connectivity solutions, and his previous experience includes several years in R&D at Corning.

  • Rajesh Gangadhar

    Rajesh Gangadhar

    Wireless Broadband Converged Platforms

    Rajesh drives disruptive wireless technologies for last-mile connectivity at STL. An M.S. from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, Rajesh has worked at Sprint, Nextel, Cable Labs and Clearwire.

  • Phill Coppin- Head – Global Application Engineering

    Phill Coppin

    Application Engineering

    A long timer at STL, Phill is a renowned optical fibre expert, and leads new product development, quality and process improvement. He has also worked at British Telecom and Corning.

  • Richard Eichhorn

    Richard Eichhorn

    Global Business Development

    Richard leads the Company’s presence in EMEA, Americas and SE Asia. With vast experience in sales and marketing, he has worked at Reichle & De-Massari, Nexans Cabling, Anixter, Alcatel Connect and Wesco.

  • Rahul Puri

    Rahul Puri

    India Business Development

    Rahul recently joined STL from Apple. Here he heads sales for India for the connectivity solutions business. He has spent his 20 year career in technology and telecom, and has worked at Samsung, LG and Airtel.

  • Thomas Yang

    Thomas Yang

    Head – China Sales

    Working with STL since 2003, Thomas is among the oldest members of the international sales team. Responsible for expanding the Company’s optical fibre footprint in the Chinese market, Thomas is a member of the Board of Jiangsu Sterlite Tongguang Fibre Co., Ltd and Sterlite (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd (China Branch). He has been instrumental in the success of STL's China JV since conception in 2011. Thomas holds Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

  • Swati Rangachari- Chief of Corporate Affairs

    Swati Rangachari

    Corporate Affairs

    Swati is an active contributor to India’s telecom policy shaping initiatives, and leads government relations for STL. She has worked at Boeing, Ericsson and VISA, and is an alumna of Fore School of Management, ICHEC Brussels and Boston University.

  • Saurabh Kumar

    Saurabh Kumar

    Key Accounts, Large Enterprises & Citizen Networks

    Saurabh leads STL’s public-sector business, including large enterprises such as Defence and citizen networks. An industry veteran, Saurabh has also worked at HFCL and Tejas Networks.

  • Girish Gupta

    Girish Gupta

    Key Accounts, Private Networks

    Girish has been with STL for almost 20 years, and has been associated with multiple functions. He now leads the India private networks business, and is the face of the Company for Tier-1 telcos.

  • Nikhil jain- Head –Telecom Software

    Nikhil Jain

    Next Gen OSS/BSS Software

    A founding member of STL’s software business, Nikhil has built the Company’s software products and operations grounds up. He is a postgraduate in Computer Applications from LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad.

  • Juhi Hajela

    Juhi Hajela

    Employer Branding

    A spirited leader, Juhi leads business content and public relations at STL. She is the face of an open and progressive culture, as she drives diverse programmes from international media strategy to women in leadership. She comes with varied lateral and international experience across online operations, customer growth and content marketing at Google, McKinsey & Co., MakeMyTrip and CyberMedia. She has studied at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.

  • Pankaj Priyadarshi- Chief Supply Chain Officer

    Pankaj Priyadarshi

    Optical Fibre Operations

    Pankaj leads STL’s optical fibre operations across India and China. In his career across automotive and telecom industries, he has worked at Bharti Infratel and Eicher. He is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and INSEAD, Singapore.

  • Venkatesh Murthy

    Venkatesh Murthy

    Optical Fibre Cable Operations

    Venkatesh has been associated with STL for several years, and now leads the Company’s optical fibre cable operations across India, Italy and Brazil.

  • Aldo Santus

    Aldo Santus

    Connectivity Solutions

    Founder of Metallurgic Bresciana, Aldo joined the STL family with the former’s integration in FY19. He is a mechanical engineer from the University of Milan.

  • Ambica Rajagopal

    Ambica Rajagopal

    Data Science

    A PhD from Purdue University and a Master’s in Math from BITS, Pilani, Ambica heads data science and predictive analytics at STL. She has led data science at Cummins, KPMG, RMS and Fidelity Investments.

  • Balram Sharma

    Balram Sharma

    Supply Chain

    Balram heads partnerships and supply chain for the network services business. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, he brings expertise from organisations such as Bharti Infratel and Larsen & Toubro.