Morten Karlsen Sorby who heads the Indian operations for Uninor has just got himself security clearance from the Indian Government which has allowed him to be named as the CEO of India. Previously he was working as the nominated CEO of the company and now the nominee part has been dropped off. The security clearance has come post 6 months of filing of the application regarding the same reports ET.
Foreign Nationals working at the top positions in the country as a CEO, CMO, CFO and the likes require a security clearance from the government every year to work without any issues in the country. However, the applications are usually pending for a long time but that doesn’t really stop these officials from carrying on their work. As a nominee CEO, Sorby had pretty much the same powers and authority as he does now.
The clearance is issued by the Home Ministry and then it is routed through the Telecom Ministry. It has also requested that this rule be relaxed to 5 years as it is quite a bureaucratic one and is not really relevant in practical life. That request has been turned down too as it is believed that Sorby has got himself a clearance for an year only. Another such case is that of the Sistema Shyam Teleservices’s (popularly known as MTS) chief Dmitry Shukov whose clearance is pending for about an year now.