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Huawei goes desi to manage its India arm

The $23 bn Chinese major Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s third largest telecom equipment manufacturer after Ericsson and Nokia Siemens, has new India faces. It has brought in Indian executives as business heads in all the businesses of its Indian subsidiary Huawei Telecommunications (India) Co Pvt Ltd (HTPL), reports Manoj Gairola.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2009 23:03 IST
Manoj Gairola

The $23 billion (over Rs 1,10,000 crore) Chinese major Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s third largest telecom equipment manufacturer after Ericsson and Nokia Siemens, has new India faces. It has brought in Indian executives as business heads in all the businesses of its Indian subsidiary Huawei Telecommunications (India) Co Pvt Ltd (HTPL).

Earlier, business heads were Chinese nationals.

The company has brought in four executive directors - Avijit Chaliha (sales); A. Sethuraman (product and solution systems); DS Rawat (sales, Bharti account); and Saravjit Garg (technical sales) — reporting directly to CEO Max Yang.

Also joining the top India team are Akash Mathur as head of human resources and Sandeep Gulati as head of finance.

“HTPL currently has over 80 per cent Indian staff in its operations which was around half five years ago,” Yang told Hindustan Times. “Key management positions in Huawei India have also been suitably staffed with highly experienced senior India executives.”

HTPL has an employee base of 2,000 out of which around 1,600 are Indians. Besides, in its subsidiary, the Bengaluru-based Huawei Technologies India Pvt. Ltd, it employs another 2,000 people, out of which 95 per cent are Indians.

Its global employee strength stands at 87,500.

One reason why Huawei is localising its management in India is its furious 100 per cent growth over the past three years. Last year, its India revenues stood at $1.3 billion (around Rs 6,400 crore), which it proposes to double again this year. If that happens, it would contribute over 10 per cent to Huawei’s global sales.

“The localisation of top management provides better connectivity and relationship with customers and cultural fit,” said Ravi Sharma, CEO of Phi Televentures and former CEO of Alcatel lucent (South Asia). “It will also enable Huawei to attract the best talent to drive its growth in New Delhi.”