Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rahul N. Saxena

"India is best positioned to weather the global downturn, because of two reasons: one, we have a strong internal demand, and two, we enjoy an unbeatable competitive advantage in offering worldclass talent when it comes to external demand."
Rahul N. Saxena, Managing Director, Verizon Data Services India
March 24, 2009, 11 am




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RAHUL N. SAXENA


Managing Director, VDS India, and Sr. VP Europe



Rahul Saxena has dual responsibilities: since January, 2008, Managing Director of Verizon Data Services India, headquartered in Chennai, India, and since 2000, Sr Vice President, Europe, headquartered in Milan, Italy.


Rahul is one of the founders of Vodafone-Italy (Omnitel), a Verizon joint venture with Vodafone in GSM wireless, and is a Director on its Board since 2000. Prior to this, he has held several leadership positions with various Verizon group companies and has led Verizon’s mobile and wireline operations in Europe.


His senior management positions in Vodafone-Italy included Director- finance and planning, VP-commercial launch, VP- customer care and VP- operations management.


Rahul has 25 years of experience in telecommunications ranging from operations to business development and strategic planning. During the last 23 years with Bell Atlantic / Verizon, he has played key roles in startup operations in Czech and Slovak Republics and international business development in Venezuela, Greece, Portugal, Denmark, Indonesia and Korea.


Rahul started his career with AT&T, and then worked for a British management consulting firm, PA Consulting Group, before joining Bell Atlantic/Verizon.


As head of Verizon’s wireless/wireline operations in Europe, Rahul was also Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and Director on the Boards of EuroTels in Czech and Slovak Republics respectively, and in GibTelecom in Gibraltar. He also managed Verizon’s joint venture in Greece with Telecomm Italia Mobile.


Rahul is a member of the AMCHAM in Italy and India, and is a founding member and Chairman of the India Business Forum in Milan, Italy. He has also been an elected member of the Board of Trustees, American School of Milan, Italy, 2000-2003.


Rahul holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in Economics from Columbia University, New York, and an M.A. and B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University. He is fluent in English, Italian and Hindi.



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