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COAI announces new leadership for 2015-16


Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the leading Mobile Communications Association in India in its Annual  General  Body  Meeting on  28th of May, 2015, announced  the  election  of  new leadership  for  2015-16.  Himanshu Kapania, MD, Idea Cellular has been elected as the Chairman and Gopal Vittal, Joint MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel, has been elected as the Vice-Chairman. COAI has also designated its Executive Council for the new term at the meeting.

Kapania, who is having over two decades of experience in Indian telecom industry has been the Managing Director of Idea Cellular Ltd. since April 2011. He spearheaded Idea Cellular to be one of top 3 telecom players and also serves on the board of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd., the strategic advisory unit of Aditya Birla Group.

As far as his qualification is concerned, he is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Whereas, Gopal Vittal, Joint Managing Director and CEO (India and South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited, has over 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions in FMCG and Telecom industries. As far as Vittal’s qualification is concerned, he is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

During these announcements, Rajan S. Mathews,  Director  General,  COAI,  extended  his  heartfelt  gratitude  to  Marten Pieters,  the  outgoing  Chairman  of  COAI. He also congratulated and welcomed Himanshu Kapania and Gopal Vittal for their new leadership positions in COAI for the coming term.



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