Marten Pieters, Chairman

Marten Pieters (LLM) completed his Law study at Groningen University in The Netherlands with a major in Economics in 1977. Between 1977 and 1989 he occupied various management positions at Royal Smilde Food PLC., a family owned food company that specialises in the production and trade of edible oils and fats and the supply of white labelled products to major supermarket chains. In 1989 he joined KPN, the Dutch incumbent operator of the postal and telecoms services. He held positions as Commercial Director and later as Managing Director of a telecom region. In 1995, he was appointed Vice...

Gopal Vittal, Vice Chairman

Gopal Vittal is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited.
In his role as MD & CEO of the country’s largest privately integrated telecom operator, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel’s India & South Asia operations.
He was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director, Special Projects (April 2012 - Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s International strategy and data...

Rajan S Mathews, Director General

Prior to joining COAI as DG, Rajan served as COO of US Operations and Corp. CFO and VP of Telargo Inc. (a Joint Venture of NTT DoCoMo), overseeing all of the company’s Strategic Planning, Business Development, Financial, Treasury, Accounting, Tax, Administrative and Human Resource functions. Prior to joining Telargo, Rajan was President of Afghan Wireless Communications Company, establishing it as Afghanistan’s largest and most profitable telecommunications company. Before this, Rajan served as VP and CFO of Call Sciences Inc., a premier provider of Unified Communications Services (a Soros...

Secretariat

Against the backdrop of constant challenges and proactive measures required, the young and dynamic “Team COAI”, unflinchingly delivers against all odds. It is this team with Mr. Rajan S Mathews at the helm, providing unstinted support and contributing significantly to its membership and towards the advancement, promotion and protection of Telecommunication in India.

The COAI secretariat, compact and credible, exudes confidence, enthusiasm, brilliance and efficiency to stand up to the challenges and tasks It would not be an understatement to say that COAI is the most...