Bharti Airtel’s Manish Prakash to join Telenor Group: Report

Manish Prakash, Bharti Airtel’s director of strategic alliances, has reportedly quit the company and will soon join Telenor Group as the head of enterprise. According to an Economic Times report, Prakash, who is currently serving his notice period at Bharti Airtel, will join Telenor in September to spearhead the group’s enterprise or B2B business globally.

The development follows a recent restructuring at Bharti Airtel under which the telco consolidated its domestic enterprise, Corporate and small business verticals into one business unit – Airtel Business. Prakash, who was heading Airtel’s enterprise business, moved into a new role in July this year, even as the telco appointed Ashok Ganapathy as Director – Airtel Business, who now reports to Gopal Vittal, CEO and Managing Director (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Prakash, who joined Airtel in January 2014, will now move to Singapore, which is Telenor Group’s second headquarter after Oslo, Norway, a person told the publication.

During this tenure as the head of enterprise business, Prakash helped Bharti Airtel move away from being a traditional telecom infrastructure provider to digital services and solutions provider. He had joined Airtel in January 2014 from Accenture to drive this change in strategy. At Accenture, he served as the Managing Director – Infrastructure Managed Services (IMS) for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ).

With over 22 years of global experience, Prakash also served SK C&C, the affiliate company of SK Telecom in Korea as the Chief Executive Officer of the international business division and served on the Board of the affiliate organizations across China, India, Central Asia and US. He has also held leadership roles at Tech Mahindra, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

Update: Airtel spokesperson – “Manish has decided to move on and we wish him the very best for his future endeavours. Airtel has consolidated its domestic enterprise, Corporate and small business verticals into one business unit – Airtel Business, which is now led by Ashok Ganapathy.”

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Avinav setis
August 22, 2016 9:52 am 9:52 AM

Oh jio effect,everyone finding new jobs! Lol

B P Singh
August 22, 2016 9:37 am 9:37 AM

Airtel Sucks for it’s plans. Do you agree with me?

Sutripta Roy --- Kolkata
August 22, 2016 1:02 pm 1:02 PM

Airtel 2G and Vodafone 2G is horrible in Kolkata. Coverage is full everywhere. But the voice is like coming from mars and talking with an alien… Can’t take this any more… seriously…

August 22, 2016 8:14 pm 8:14 PM

This issue is there only on airtel 2G and not on Vodafone 2G.

Sutripta Roy (kolkata)
August 22, 2016 8:33 pm 8:33 PM

I faced it in some places at kolkata… not everywhere.

Sanjit Roy, Thakurnagar, wb
August 22, 2016 3:28 pm 3:28 PM

Actually they are intentionally pushing their 2g audio inferior, so that customers will shift to 3g for better audio, maybe its a unethical business tactics.

Sutripta Roy (kolkata)
August 22, 2016 3:56 pm 3:56 PM

Yup you r right. but how can i put airtel or vodafone to the first sim slot where i have jio??? lolz… i think they should have think about this…

Sanjit Roy, Thakurnagar, wb
August 22, 2016 6:28 pm 6:28 PM

Mane Vodafone er audio quality o kharab hoye gache? Appellate desk ea direct approach Kore dekho ki bole Vodafone toh aar airtel na kichu resolution abosoye debe

Sutripta Roy (kolkata)
August 22, 2016 8:15 pm 8:15 PM

Ha vai… tobe vodafone 2g r indoor audio quality sob jagay kharap noy. r airtel r all indoor ei problem hocchhe.

Sanjit Roy, Thakurnagar, wb
August 22, 2016 11:28 pm 11:28 PM

Karon Airtel er 2g Matro 2mhz ea cholche 900 MHz theke aar 1800 MHz 7mhz ea cholche tai indoor ea dhukle audio quality kharab hoye jaye ebong baire ashley bhalo hoye jaye, tai Vodafone use koro aar jekhane issues face korcho direct vodafone er appellate desk ea kotha bolo ora nischoi kichu bebosta nebe

Sutripta Roy (kolkata)
August 23, 2016 12:13 am 12:13 AM

Okkk. Thank you bro. dekhi bole… hope they will be concerned about the matter

Sanjit Roy, Thakurnagar, wb
August 22, 2016 3:23 pm 3:23 PM

Bro as of now I have heard from a top level industry insider airtel is doing it intentionally to force mass adoption of smartphones, because their 3g is under utilized, but I don’t about Vodafone.

Santanu Sarkar
August 22, 2016 11:24 am 11:24 AM

Yeah, as of now. You never know Airtel also might start offering cheap plans after Jio launch, like, 1gb 4g/3g @ Rs 50 for 30 days….lol!!!!

August 22, 2016 9:13 am 9:13 AM

Off topic, I am unable activate voice in jio sim for my Lenovo Vibe k5 mobile as it doesn’t support volte. I tired with jiojoin, it ask me to enter date 01092015, then it says data mismatch. I called customer care, they are heplless.

Ashish maharashtra
August 22, 2016 1:40 pm 1:40 PM

The document which u have submitted its last 4digit u have use for verification purpose likr if adhar then last four digit of it so it depends on what documents u have submitted for id proof