Akhil Gupta : Managing Director – Bharti Infratel Ltd.

Akhil Gupta

Akhil Gupta is the Deputy Group CEO & Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises and a Director Bharti Airtel Limited. He has been closely associated with a range of strategic, financial, mergers and acquisitions and business performance issues of the group.

Akhil has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s phenomenal growth having been closely involved from the very beginning in group’s the telecommunication services business. He has led the formation of various partnerships for Bharti with leading international companies and investors.

Akhil has spearheaded the transformational initiatives that include the outsourcing deals undertaken by the group in the areas of information technology (IT) with IBM, network management with Ericsson and Nokia and outsourcing of Call Centres management to leading international BPOs using common Nortel platform across India. He has also been responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the separation of passive mobile infrastructure of Bharti Airtel and forming Indus Towers a Joint Venture with Vodafone and Idea, which has become a largest tower company in the world.

Akhil is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and has over 28 years of professional experience in industry. He has also attended the “Advanced Management Program” at the Harvard Business School in the year 2002.

In 2009 Akhil was conferred the “CA Business Achiever Award” by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

During the year 2006, he won three awards at the first ‘CNBC TV18 CFO Awards for India’ hosted by Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone in UAE. The awards panel voted him as ‘Best CFO of the Year’ and ‘Best Performing CFO in the Telecommunications Sector’. In addition, Mr. Gupta won the ‘Best CFO of the Year - People's Choice Award&&rsquo