Alcatel India MD & South Asia region head Ravi Sharma is believed to have put in his papers. The sudden move comes close on the heels of the recent restructuring in the company, which has raised many an eyebrow.
In the changed dispensation, South Asia regional unit — which consists of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan — has been reorganised by merging Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives with another regional unit.
India along with Nepal and Bhutan is now known as the India regional unit. “I am head of South Asia regional unit (including India) till the year end,” is all that Mr Sharma had to say when contacted. He, however, added that Vivek Mohan, who was heading services business in Alcatel, is being appointed as head of India RU.
Sources say, in the new organisation announced last week, Mr Sharma was promoted as advisor to president on Asian regional operators. So it comes as a surprise that a head honcho, who is credited with the transformation of South Asia for the telecom major, should quit at a time when he is being awarded with a higher responsibility.
Sources, however, point that the reduced size of the India unit in the new dispensation might have crystallised Sharma’s decision to move on. And even though the new position looks like an elevation for Mr Sharma, it will take him away from the hub of action that is, South Asia including India.
Mr Sharma, who had an excellent rapport with Alcatel global chairman Serge Tchuruk and got his whole-hearted support in expanding India operations, is credited with putting Alcatel on a fast track in South Asia.
He established India as a manufacturing hub for Alcatel by getting in to “transfer of technology” agreement with ITI and established two GSM manufacturing facilities with ITI at Mankapur and Rai Bareli.
Source: The Economist