Tata Communications CEO quits before tenure completion

A year and a half before his term was supposed to end, Tata Communications MD and CEO Vinod Kumar quit citing personal reasons, the company said on Tuesday. 
 
Kumar, 54, is the latest Tata CEO to quit prematurely - his tenure was supposed to end on January 31, 2021. Before him, Anil Sardana (Tata Power), Rakesh Sarna (Indian Hotels) and Brotin Banerjee (Tata Housing) had quit much before the completion of their terms as CEOs from these companies. 
 
Kumar, an electrical and electronics engineer from BITS, had joined Tata Communications in April 2004, a time when the business was starting its international growth journey. He has been credited for his vital role in the purchases of Tyco Global Network and Teleglobe in 2004 and 2005 respectively. In 2011, he was appointed MD and CEO of the company. 
 
While other Tata CEOs like Puneet Chhatwal and Guenter Butschek function from India offices, Kumar is based in Singapore. He had joined the company after quitting Asia Netcom where he worked for a couple of years. He oversaw the selling of data centre business to STT GDC of Singapore to focus on digital infrastructure services. 
 
His resignation will be effective from the end of business on July 5. It comes ahead of Tata Communications annual shareholder meeting next month. Tata Communications also added that the board has started the process of identifying Kumar’s successor and a suitable candidate will be appointed at the earliest. 

 


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