Alcatel-Lucent’s India head quits

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 16, 2014

Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent’s India head Munish Seth has quit after leading the company’s operations for four years. Srini Sundararajan, who has been with the company for several years leading research & development activities, has been appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

A statement from Alcatel-Lucent said that Sundararajan will take over immediately.

“He replaces Munish Seth who has decided to pursue career opportunities outside the company,” the statement said.

Seth’s exit comes even as the technology company is struggling to make inroads into the Indian telecom space.

Initially, ALU had a strong presence in the fixed line telephony segment but as the market shifted towards the mobile services, other equipment suppliers such as Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks took the lead.

ALU’s strategy to form joint ventures with telecom companies also did not take off. Recently, Airtel revoked a JV with the company for fixed line telephony business.

Under Seth’s tenure ALU did manage to bag some contracts including managed services deal from Uninor. When contacted Seth said he had resigned over personal reasons.

Published on April 16, 2014

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