Press Release - October 31, 2007
AT&T ANNOUNCES NEW INDIA EXECUTIVE
Company Restructures Asia Pacific Operations; India Is Now a New AT&T Region
HONG KONG, China, and NEW DELHI, India, Oct. 31, 2007 — AT&T Corp., a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), today announced that it has restructured its Asia Pacific operations to better meet the needs of multinational customers in the region and to fully capitalize on the burgeoning demand for telecom services in India.
Effective Nov.1, 2007, India will become a separate region reporting directly to John Finnegan, senior vice president of Global Sales. V.S. Gopi Gopinath, who is currently vice president of AT&T Asia Pacific, will relocate to Bangalore, India after a transitional period to lead AT&T’s global services business in India.
The restructuring is designed to reflect the growing importance of the market in India, which is now the fastest-growing market for AT&T in Asia Pacific. AT&T became the first foreign operator to receive national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) licenses under India’s liberalized telecom regulations and, in April, became the first company to begin commercial operations.
Ronald Spears, group president, AT&T Global Business Services, is visiting India at present and has said the restructuring and senior executive appointment will help to drive investment and resources to ensure the sustained growth of the company’s business in India.
“These developments will further strengthen AT&T’s commitment to the rapidly expanding telecommunications sector in India and highlight our strong expectations for this market,” Spears said. “Gopi brings a wealth of international experience and extensive knowledge of the telecommunications sector to this important new role.”
India has been a key priority for AT&T since the company established a presence there in 1987. Most recently, AT&T extended its successful relationship with Mahindra Telecommunications Private Ltd. through AT&T India by applying for the Unified Access Service License (UASL) in all 22 circles of India. In July, Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer, visited India; it was his first international trip since assuming the chairman’s office in June.
In October 2006, AT&T became the first global telecom operator in India to secure — through the AT&T India joint venture — NLD and ILD licenses in India. AT&T India began offering commercial services in early 2007 with the capability of providing AT&T’s global customers who are operating in India with the same standard of communications services that they enjoy from AT&T elsewhere in the world.
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