Sunil BhartiMittal Is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, financial services, retail, realty, manufacturing and agriculture.
Sunil started his career at 18 after graduating from Punjab University in India in 1976 and founded Bharti. Today, at 52, he heads a successful enterprise which employs over 30,000 people. Bharti Airtel, the flagship group company, has a market capitalization of approximately US$ 25 billion.
Awards received by Chairman
Sunil has been recognized with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards.
He has also received the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2009.
The US-India Business Council has also honored him with the ‘Global Vision’ Award 2008.
Sunil has been awarded numerous awards and recognitions including the Global Economy Prize 2009 by The Kiel Institute, Germany.
Membership of chairman in forums & Councils
Sunil was Co-chairman of the World Economic Forum in 2007 at Davos and is a member of its International Business Council.
He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He is also a member of the Indo-US CEOs Forum.
He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
He serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business.
Sunil believes a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in Bharti Foundation, which is committed to providing education to under-privileged children in rural India.
Sunil has been conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Leeds, UK and the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology.
Early in March 2006, Sanjay was made responsible for managing the growth of the largest mobile services company in India, in the capacity of President of Bharti Airtel’s Mobile Services.
In mid-March 2009, Sanjay was elevated to the role of Deputy CEO, Bharti Airtel Ltd and was asked to lead all the consumer oriented businesses.
In a year’s time by March’10 Sanjay was appointed the CEO, Bharti Airtel Ltd (India and South Asia). In his current role, he has the end-to-end responsibility of leading India and South Asia businesses of Bharti Airtel to drive growth and business synergies in Mobile Services, Telemedia Services, Enterprise Services and DTH services – the Four distinct BUs of Airtel.
Sanjay’s carrier before joining Bharti group
Prior to joining the Bharti Group, Sanjay worked with Xerox India as Director - Operations Support. He spent 14 years with the global document management company, handling a range of key portfolios, ranging from Sales & Marketing to General Management functions.
Sanjay commenced his professional career in 1983 as an executive trainee with Jay Engineering Works Ltd., India’s largest manufacturers of fans and sewing machines.
For more than 12 years, he has played an active role in various industry forums like CII and NASSCOM.
He currently serves as a Board member of GSMA and Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
Recently Sanjay was invited to Chair the CII national Committee on Telecom and Broadband.
Sanjay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Hons) from Delhi University, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK) and is a Graduate of The Wharton Advanced Management Program.
Board of Directors of Bharti Group
Sunil Bharti Mittal(Chairman of Bharti Enterprises).
Sanjay Kapoor (CEO-Bharti Airtel Ltd.in India & South Asia.
ManojKohli (CEO-International & Joint MD of Bharti Airtel).