Orange Business appoints Chalapathi Rao as General Manager to lead India business

Orange Business has appointed Chalapathi Rao as General Manager for India, effective March 14, 2022.

Taking over from Bala Mahadevan, who retired after a remarkable journey and outstanding accomplishments with Orange over the past decade, Chalapathi will lead Orange Business activities and growth in India.

Chalapathi Rao

Chalapathi is an experienced leader with a successful track record in the telecom space. With over three decades of multi-domain experience including R&D, Operations, Technology and Sales, Chalapathi joins Orange Business from Tata Communications Transformation Services Ltd (TCTS), where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. He has previously held successive leadership positions at BEL, Indian Railways, BPL, Lucent and Tata Communications Group.

"I am pleased to welcome Chalapathi in his new role. His passion for technology, his deep industry experience and diverse knowledge of IT and telecom make him the perfect fit to drive our continued expansion in India. Chalapathi will be instrumental in supporting our customers’ digital transformation and re-enforcing our position as a leading network-native digital services company," said Nick Lambert, Senior Vice President and Head of Asia-Pacific, Orange Business.

"I am excited to join Orange Business at the time when the shifting dynamics of technology adoption and usage across India present a unique opportunity for our customers to grow. Our ability to deep dive into their evolving needs and develop innovative solutions will be key to ensure they stay relevant and competitive and achieve their business goals. I look forward to working closely with our team of experts, as well as our eco-system, to partake and enable successful digital transformation in India," said Chalapathi Rao, General Manager, Orange Business, India.

Alexandra Snaider
Alexandra Snaider

Alexandra has 20 years of experience in the IT and telecom industries and is the Head of Marketing and Communication, Asia Pacific at Orange Business. She is passionate about digital technologies and how they enable organizations to thrive.