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Source: AIRCEL
Thursday, December 30, 2010 05:06 PM IST (11:36 AM GMT)
Editors: General: People; Business: Accounting & management consultancy services, Business services, Information technology, Telecommunications; Technology
Sandip Das Director Aircel & CEO Maxis One of 100 Most Powerful People in Global Telecoms Business’ GTB Power100 List

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Thursday, December 30, 2010 — (Business Wire India) — Sandip Das, Director Aircel & Chief Executive Officer of Maxis Communications Berhad, has been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry worldwide, by Global Telecom Business for his game-changing influence on the Malaysian and Asian communications landscape.

The GTB Power100 list was compiled from nominations by worldwide readers of Global Telecoms Business – including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world’s major operators, telecoms vendors and industry organisations. GTB first ran its Power100 to mark the 100th printed issue of the magazine in 2008, and inclusion in the list has been coveted by executives throughout the industry.

Commenting on his inclusion into the GTB Power100 list, Sandip said, “I am honoured and humbled by this recognition and would like to thank my colleagues in the Maxis Group who have contributed to this tribute. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of people to bring advanced communications services that would enrich consumers lives and businesses across Asia. When I joined the Maxis Group, with operations across Malaysia, India and Indonesia, as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, the group had 13 million subscribers. The Group has now grown to 60 million subscribers and continues to lead the market in Malaysia with 13 million subscribers. In India Aircel is the fifth largest and will soon commence 3G &BWA services for which we have won the spectrum in 13 out of 22 circles. It is an exciting time for us and I am looking forward to more exciting challenges ahead as we transform ourselves to become the region’s most respected integrated communications player.”

Sandip took leadership of the Maxis Group of companies in 2007 after growing India’s first private Telco (now Vodafone Essar Limited) into a premium brand. He then took the helm of Maxis Berhad, the Group’s flagship operations in 2009. While at the helm of the Group’s Malaysian operations, Sandip also serves as a director on the boards of Group companies i.e. Sri Lanka Telekom Plc and Mobitel (Private) in Sri Lanka, Aircel Limited, and PT Natrindo Telepon Selular in Indonesia.

Said Laurence Mackintosh, publisher of Global Telecoms Business. “We congratulate all the members of the GTB Power100 in 2010. We look forward to seeing what they will achieve in their major initiatives to boost worldwide connectivity and in their challenge to create business models for the better.”


Sandip Das
Director, Aircel Ltd & CEO, MAXIS

SANDIP DAS was appointed Director to the Board of Aircel Ltd in 2007.

Mr Das is the Chief Executive Officer and Director on the Board of Maxis Communications Berhad (Maxis), responsible for the Maxis Group’s operations and investments in Malaysia, India and Indonesia. Maxis is the leading mobile operator in Malaysia.

Mr Das also serves as Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners of PT Natrindo Telepon Seluler (NTS) in Indonesia, and as Director on the Boards of Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka.

Internationally, Mr Das is a member of the Board and the Executive Council of the Bridge Mobile Alliance, Asia’s largest mobile alliance, comprising the region’s top mobile operators.

Prior to joining Maxis in January 2007, Mr Das was Deputy Managing Director and Director on the Board of Hutchison Essar Telecom (now Vodafone Essar), one of India’s largest mobile operators. During his tenure here he was also the Deputy Chairman of the Service Industry Panel of the Confederation of Indian Industries (“CII”).

Before his tenure at Hutch, Mr Das served as Franchise Head of Toyota cars and Hino trucks with the Al Futtaim Group in Dubai, UAE for five years. Prior to this, he spent 10 years with Indian consumer durable giant Usha International (The Shriram Group).

He holds a First Class Mechanical Engineering degree from Regional Engineering College, Rourkela, India (now renamed the National Institute of Technology) and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.

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About Maxis Communications Berhad

Maxis Communications Berhad is the holding company of Malaysia’s leading communications company Maxis Berhad and of India’s fifth largest telecom operator Aircel Limited, as well as being a stakeholder of AXIS in Indonesia.

Maxis Berhad with its consolidated subsidiaries (together, ‘Maxis’) provides integrated communications services through 12.97 million Malaysian mobile subscriptions as on 30 June 2010. Maxis Berhad listed in late 2009 in a successful IPO that was ranked as the largest ever in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, raising RM11.2 billion. The IPO was awarded Deal of the Year for 2009 by Finance Asia.

Maxis has pioneered and led the Malaysian market in providing innovative and meaningful mobile products and services. It was the first telecommunication service provider to bring the BlackBerryT and Apple iPhoneT smart phones to Malaysia. Maxis is a leading regional content player; actively builds a local content ecosystem to forward the Malaysian content industry; and continually explores global and local best partnerships to provide a full suite of integrated communications services over multiple platforms.

Maxis Communications Berhad’s India property Aircel is a full-fledged national operator with over 48 million happy customers, adding approximately 1.8 million subscribers each month. Aircel is a leader in 4 operating circles of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Assam, North East and has 3G spectrums and broadband wireless access (BWA) in 13 out of India’s 22 telecom circles. Aircel’s rapid and well-managed growth in India has garnered multiple awards such as, the Brand Leadership Award by the World Brand Congress 2009, Best Employer Brand & Innovation in HR & Best Strategy in line with Business by the World HRD Congress 2009 to name a few. Aircel received the ‘3rd Most Admired Telecom Brand’ accolade from Drizzlin Media a Brand 2.0 consultancy.

Maxis Communications Berhad’s Indonesian stakeholding, AXIS, is a joint venture with leading Saudi Arabian service provider Saudi Telecom Company (STC). The AXIS brand and logo is a symbol of progressiveness and of its stakeholders’ commitment to developing Indonesia’s landscape of wireless communication services. The dedicated expansion of AXIS’ 2G and 3G networks brings to populations throughout the archipelago, a brand of service that is passionate, backed by integrity, and reflective of the Maxis Group’s overall commitment to enriching customer experience.

Together, Maxis Communications Berhad’s progressive brands in Malaysia, India and Indonesia represent its vision of bringing leading-edge technology and advanced communications services to the enrichment of customers’ lives and businesses, in a manner that is simple and personalised, reliable and enchanting. The group continues to develop the field of communications by taking strong steps today towards creating a well-connected future.

About Aircel

Aircel, a part of Maxis Communications Berhad, Malaysia, is India’s fifth largest GSM mobile service provider with a subscriber base of over 48 million and is the fastest growing mobile operator in the country. It is the market leader in Tamil Nadu, Assam, North-East and Chennai. Aircel is now present in 23 Telecom Circles (Mumbai, Pune, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Assam, Bihar, Chennai, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, North-East , Orissa, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, MP & Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat & Rajasthan) and with spectrum secured for all the remaining circles (a total of 23 circles in India), the company is on track to become a leading Pan-India Operator. For more information, please log on to

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Sandip Das, Director, Aircel Ltd & CEO, MAXIS
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