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Raj Joins WiChorus



is strengthening its presence in India. The provider of intelligent access

services network (ASN) gateway for WiMax and 4G core networks has recently

appointed Raj Yadav as its senior director, South Asia. His immediate priority

is to step up business in South Asia and India is a key market for the company.

Before joining WiChorus, Yadav had worked with Aperto Networks as regional sales

director, South Asia and was responsible for some of the main WiMax contracts.

WiChorus is driving open standards through its participation in the WiMax Forum

and its One Open WiMax initiative.

Avaya Appoints Samir as Managing Director


has announced the expansion of its R&D operations in Pune as part of its

initiative to increase its foothold in India. Simultaneously, the company has

also announced the appointment of Sam (Samir) Gulve as MD, Avaya India and VP of

Avaya's Global Communication Solutions (GCS) division. The company is now

expanding its operations in the western part of the country with the goal of

tapping the vast talent pool of developers available and subsequently

strengthening its technical expertise and offerings in the area of business

communications applications.


Rajesh Puri Joins Tata Teleservices

Tata Teleservices Maharashtra has announced the appointment of Rajesh Puri as
president, Operations. Rajesh Puri brings with him wide experience in the

telecom industry. Before joining Tata Teleservices, Puri served as chief

operating officer of the Enterprise Business (East) and International Calling

Business, Airtel. Prior to this, he was COO (East Circle), Tata TeleServices.

Cellebrum Appoints Saket Agarwal as CEO

Cellebrum, a value-added services and solutions provider from Spice Group, has
appointed Saket Agarwal as chief executive officer (CEO). In this role, Agarwal

will be responsible for overseeing the operations of Celleburm and lead it to

become a global giant providing innovative services to end-consumers. Prior to

leading Cellebrum, Agarwal held various senior-level positions in Spice Group.

He was among the senior management members at Spice Communications.

Balakrishnan in New Avatar



Balakrishnan, founder, chairman, and managing director,, is chairman

emeritus of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). In his

capacity as chairman emeritus, a life-time appointment, Balakrishnan would head

the council of past chairpersons and provide strategic direction to the

association as well as the Internet and mobile content and services industry.

The governing board of IAMAI has also unanimously elected Sanjeev Bikhchandani

as chairman for FY 2008-09. Bikhchandani is founder and CEO of Info Edge India,

which went public in 2006.

Ahuja is ISA Chairperson

The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) has announced the appointment of

its new executive council for 2008-09. The association has decided to appoint

Jaswinder Ahuja, vice president and managing director, Cadence Design Systems,

as chairperson, while BV Naidu, MD, SemIndia Systems, will be vice chairman. The

other executive council members are Pradip Dutta, Synopsys India; Sham Banerji,

Texas Instruments; Vivek Sharma, ST Microelectronics.

Hungama Appoints Rohan Desponded


has appointed Rohan Deshpande as associate director, wireless technology. At

Hungama, he is responsible for creating and executing the technology roadmap.

The technological strategy will be devised using his expertise, keeping in mind

the requirements of digital entertainment products and services. In addition, he

will analyze the variety of technologies available and identify the systems

needed to build a complete product offering. Rohan brings with him 8 years of

rich experience in the telecom sector.