I had a good thing going. I had a steady well-paying job at Nortel and was looking ahead to earning a mid-career degree from the Kellogg’s School of Management. Instead, the day I was to begin classes in Fall 2006, I consulted the person who had interviewed me there, about a business plan I had, and went off to set up my own company.
And the struggling days begin.
Prior to opting to become an entrepreneur, I served as a Director for Nortel, where I was responsible for Cable and Wireless Sales in Caribbean. My 14 years of rich experience in Telecom and Networking arena with specialty in Market penetration strategies, Top line growth, deployment of 2.5/3G networks in various countries, New product Introduction with go to market strategy and Complex Contract negotiations has resulted in strong relationships with key players in both operator and vendor communities in India, Caribbean, Latin America, United States and Asia Pacific markets.
After 2 years of stint at Siemens, I joined Nortel Networks. My Sales leadership has been demonstrated by delivering revenue of US$100M in a country with a population of 1.3M people for two consecutive years while at Nortel. I completed various Leadership and Management programs while working with Nortel. I joined a week’s workshop on Executive Management Program in Finance with the prestigious Kellogg School of Management.
The job was basically in Siemens Telecommunications. At that time there were very few multinational companies in India. In this company I rendered extraordinary and excellent services in the field of Digital and Telecom services. Ever since then, I never looked back. My career advanced from strength to strength and attracted offers from multinational organizations from across the globe.
I graduated from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1993. I had started preparing for Civils, when most unexpectedly I received a placement offer from one of the world’s prestigious international companies. Under these unavoidable circumstances I took steps towards the western world. During the final year in college, I displayed brilliance and mastery in subject, and was selected for a high post in Siemens, the multinational giant corporations. For the first time in India the Digital telephone Exchange was being implemented and from the entire, North India, Delhi IIT Kharagpur, and Delhi College of Engineering, only on 4-5 students were selected and I was one of them.