KS RAO

CEO – Network Services and Software Business

KS Rao joined STL in 1993 to set up India’s first optical-fibre cable plant in Aurangabad, and after having worked at most functions within the company, as CEO - Network Services and Software Business, he is now leading the company’s telecom business.

KS is leading the company’s Digital India program towards building a robust telecom infrastructure for the country’s economic development by designing, building and managing broadband networks for critical areas within Defence, BharatNet, Smart Cities and Public and Private Telcos.

He has been instrumental in STL’s growth in fibre, cables, services and business operations in six locations, including in China and Brazil. Under his leadership, STL has emerged as a global leader in the optical fibre and cables business.

KS is also actively involved in various social initiates in Marathwada. Under his leadership, STL has taken up several initiatives such as adopting villages for holistic development of rural India, water conservation through check-dams, women empowerment and creation of green zones. The natural-resource management initiative of STL has led to the construction of over 20 check-dams in 16 villages, helping to effectively deal with drought in Marathwada.

KS is a sports fan and supports budding sportspersons by providing them with platforms to sharpen their skills.