Telecom major Aircel has appointed Jagdish Kini as Group Chief Executive Officer. Kini will be joining Aircel on November 1, 2006 and is expected to spearhead the company’s pan-India expansion plans.
Commenting on his new assignment, Kini said, “My primary focus is to transform Aircel from being a regional operator to a pan-India operator. I would also strive to further strengthen our customer-centric focus with range of new products and services.”
“I believe that my prior experience in the telecom industry would help me in my new undertaking and I am excited to be part of the company’s core operations,” he added.
Kini brings with him over 30 years of professional experience. He has worked with global majors such as Procter & Gamble, Parke Davis / Warner Lambert, L’Oreal and Gillette (Middle East and Asia). He also spearheaded L’Oreal’s India foray and Airtel’s Karnataka operations.
Kini is an MBA from Symbiosis Institute, Pune. He had also done an advanced management programme from CEDEP / Insead Institute, Fontaine Bleau, France.
Aircel has become the first cellular operator in Tamil Nadu to cross three million subscribers recently. Aircel’s network is currently available in more than 700 towns across Tamil Nadu and is likely to cross the 1,000-towns mark by the end of 2006. The company has recently rolled out its GSM cellular services in Assam, North East, Orissa, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir telecom circles and has rollout plans in Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.