AT&T Restructures Asia Pacific Operations
(Wireless News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
AT&T Corp., a subsidiary of AT&T, 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, 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.
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