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A veteran of the aviation industry and an seasoned operations leader, C R Rao moved up the organisational ranks to occupy the office of the Chief Operating Officer at Sify. Starting out as Head of Human Resources, his acumen as trained lawyer and his networking skills quickly thrust him into the pivotal role of COO when the company was shifting to high gear in the Data Center and Network spaces.
His indefatigability to address and assuage bureaucracy and clients alike has been instrumental in the timely delivery of Data Centers in multiple geographies to different sets of clients. He has also been responsible for scaling up both the bench and active resources according to the demands of multiple contracts. In his over two decades of setting the direction for the Operations team, he has been instrumental in cross functional engagement of resources across multiple projects.
An ardent technology adopter who views it as a productive tool, he has spearheaded the implementation of automation across internal processes that has resulted in a significant uptick in ROI per employee.
His skills were honed at his previous management roles at Delta Tubes Pvt Ltd and Bobba Aviation Services – GSA Lufthansa Cargo engagement.
He holds graduate degrees in law, commerce and Business Administration from Osmania University.
M P Vijay Kumar or MPV as he is fondly known, is a Chartered accountant, Cost accountant and Company secretary and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Sify Technologies since 2007. He is also an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee on the Boards of The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and Thejo Engineering Limited and an Independent Director on Boards of Geojit Financial Services Limited and Heritage Foods Limited.
He also serves as a Member on the IFRS Interpretation committee of International Accounting Standards Board and IFRS Advisory Council of the IFRS Foundation, London. He served as Council Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (2016-2022), was Chairman of Accounting Standards Board and Ex Officio Member of National Financial Reporting Authority for the period 2019-2022.
He has played central roles in industry associations, being part of the CFO Forum, the National Committee on Financial Reporting and the Accounting Standards Board of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
His distinguished career has been embellished with National and International awards, the latest being the BusinessWorld CFO of the Year for 2021. Previous recognitions include being among the 100 most influential CFO’s in India by CIMA, making the Roll of Honour of the Top 100 CFOs in India and the National Award for contribution to Financial Accounting by Capital Foundation Society.
He is a speaker on the professional circuit on IFRS, Accounting Standards, Audit, Corporate Laws and Capital Market and an author of over 8 popular titles on Accounting, Accounting Standards, Audit Standards and Company Law that are in continuous reprints.
His early professional engagements include being a Partner at chartered accountants’ firm, Yoganandh & Ram. Prior to them, he headed the Investment Banking portfolio in addition to being Company Secretary of Sundaram Finance Services Ltd., Chennai, the Investment Banking arm of Sundaram Finance Limited.
Kamal entered the CEO’s office in 2012 and quickly transitioned it into the most comprehensive ICT solutions and services provider in India.
As CEO, he has successfully led Sify’s transformation from an Enterprise Network and Data Center Service Provider to a Converged ICT Solutions and Services organization. A decade later, under his guidance, Sify has consistently grown in revenue and profitability and has emerged as a preferred Service Provide Partner for Enterprises, Public Sector & Government in India.
Sify is currently uniquely positioned as both Service Provider as well as Systems Integration Partner for organizations in the midst of their digital transformation journey.
Prior to joining Sify, Kamal Nath had a 17-year tenure at HCL Technologies, where in his last assignment as Country Sales & Business Head he led various transformational engagements with large Enterprises, incubated new business services, created innovative business models, and developed new and high-growth vertical customer segments.
David Nishball is one of the leading experts in building and managing enterprise telecom operations in the Asia Pacific Region. He led the enterprise segment for a number of global operators, joint venture companies, and emerging market operators.
He brings over 28 years of experience to Sify, spanning various roles and functions in the telecommunications industry, including 18 years in the Asia Pacific Region alone.
David Nishball was President of Airtel Enterprise Services from 2007-2010, a business unit of Bharti Airtel Ltd., India’s leading telecom service provider. Prior to joining Bharti Airtel, he was a Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, for Orange Business Services (formerly Equant), based in Singapore. He managed Orange’s business operations in Japan, Korea, Greater China, India, and Australasia. From 1982-2002, he held a number of strategic positions with AT&T and its related companies, playing a key role in supporting and managing several global ventures. This included serving as Regional Head of Concert Asia Pacific, a joint venture between BT and AT&T, where he led the global accounts sales, carrier services, and distribution organizations.
David Nishball was a founding officer of WorldPartners Company, a global telecommunications services venture between AT&T, KDD Japan, Singapore Telecom and Unisource, serving as Vice President of Marketing.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an Engineering emphasis, also from U.C. Berkeley.
Raju Vegesna is a serial technology entrepreneur with a multi-decade series of successes. Before Sify, he was the founder and CEO of ServerEngines, an industry leader in network and storage convergence products that grew rapidly from its inception in 2003 to its acquisition by Emulex in 2010. Raju Vegesna then served as Chief Strategist for Emulex, responsible for the company’s strategic direction and evangelizing the adoption of Emulex products to key customers and partners.
Raju Vegesna currently serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Sify Technologies Limited, after having purchased a majority stake in 2005. Prior to ServerEngines and Sify, Raju Vegesna founded ServerWorks Corporation in 1994. He led the company as it became the world leader in computer chipsets, commanding a 90% market share in the x86 server chipset market. ServerWorks was acquired by Broadcom Corporation for US$1.8 billion in 2001. Before ServerWorks, Raju Vegesna co-founded and served as chief architect of Ross Technology Inc., spearheading the creation of the HyperSparc processor, a CPU used by Sun Microsystems to create its first multiprocessor computer servers. Before joining Ross Technology, Raju Vegesna worked as an engineer for Motorola, where he created the microcode for Motorola’s 68030 processor and the specification for the 68040 microprocessor.
He received a master’s degree in computer engineering from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Bangalore University. Raju Vegesna holds several patents on microprocessors and multiprocessor technologies. The Raju Vegesna Foundation funds programs to address the availability of clean water and education for communities in need.
An alumni of the prestigious Le Martiniere school, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Mr. Arun Seth is recognised as among the earliest Indian Telecom leaders. He started out as the founding Managing Director of British Telecom in India in 1995, helping it acquire a 45% stake in Airtel and seeing through its transformation, first to Mahindra BT and eventually to Tech Mahindra. He relinquished office as its non-Executive Chairman in 2012 after an illustrious stint on its Board for 17 years.
He has been a founding Charter Member of TiE Delhi and Indian Angel Network and advises/mentors a number of start-ups in the tech space in India and USA. An active evangelist of the Software product eco-system, he co-chairs the NASSCOM Product Conclave and the NASSCOM Product Council. He had earlier served on the Executive Council of NASSCOM for 10+ years when in British Telecom and Alcatel.
He is very active with NGOs, currently chairing NASSCOM Foundation which drives CSR initiatives across the IT Industry. His particular focus has been in working with NGOs that support the disadvantaged sections. He has served on the Board of Governors for IIM Lucknow and IIIT Delhi and also been an Advisory board member of TERI and a Governing Member of the TERI University board.
C E S Azariah rose through the ranks within India’s oldest financial institution, the State bank of India, before retiring as Chief General Manager. He then joined the Fixed Income, Money Markets, & Derivatives Association of India (FIMMDA), as CEO. At FIMMDA, he was a member of the High Power Committee on Corporate Bonds and Securitization, set up the Corporate Bond Trade Reporting Platform, and drafted the FIMMDA Code of Conduct which has since been mandatory for all G.Secs market participants.
Bala Saraswathi Vegesna served as Finance Controller of ServerWorks Corporation and is presently the Director of the Raju Vegesna Foundation. Today, she guides the foundation in its multiple welfare activities, both in India and the U.S.
C B Mouli is an expert in taxation and corporate law. He currently chairs the audit committee for Sify in addition to his duties as Director.
C B Mouli is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also holds a Bachelor of Law Degree. He is a partner of C.B. Mouli & Associates, a Chartered Accountants firm. He is also a Director on the Board of Ammana Bio Pharma Limited and Ammana Equity Fund Private Limited.
Dr. T H Chowdary runs the Center for Telecommunication Management and Studies in Secunderabad. His years of service with the government established him as a consummate advisor and mentor for new age industries.
From 1989-1993 he was Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (the Indian Institute of Culture) Hyderabad, establishing and managing eight public schools in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. He also was previously on the Governing Body of the University College of Engineering, Osmania University, and served as a member of the Governing Board of the American Studies Research Center (ASRC), Hyderabad.
Dr. T H Chowdary is a senior member of the IEEE, New York, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers in India, Distinguished fellow of the Institute of Electronics & Telecom Engineers in India, and was a past president of IETE in India. An active philanthropist and community leader, he is Chairman of Pragna Bharati, an association of national intellectuals that publishes articles on different topics in Telugu newspapers.
Ananda Raju Vegesna has served as an Executive Director of Sify since June 2007.
He also serves as Managing Director of Infinity Satcom Universal Private Limited and a Director of Village Inns Limited, Raju Vegesna Infotech & Industries Limited, Raju Vegesna Developers Private Limited, and Ramanand Core Investment Company Private Limited.