Tata Communications appoints Kabir Ahmed Shakir as CFO

New Tata Communications CFO Shakir, who is set to join the global digital ecosystem enabler on the 21st October, will be responsible for the strategic financial management of the company, including investor relations.

Bringing over 30 years’ leadership experience in strategic financial management, Shakir was most recently chief financial officer at Microsoft India, overseeing Microsoft’s overall finance leadership across all entities throughout the country.

Prior to Microsoft, he spent 23 years with Unilever in leadership roles across the globe – as international funding director in the Netherlands; global supply chain finance director in the UK; CFO of the Home and Personal Care business in India; and global CFO for the skin care category in the UK.

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“I am very excited to join Tata Communications,” said new CFO Shakir. “The company has shown remarkable business performance which is being recognised by the market and key stakeholders.

“Tata Communications has a clear, ambitious strategy and a strong leadership team. I look forward to building on the company’s financial strategy and delivering value to shareholders, as the company continues on its path of achieving profitable growth and being seen as a leading digital ecosystem enabler globally.”

A.S Lakshminarayanan, managing director and CEO of Tata Communications, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Kabir into the leadership team at Tata Communications. Kabir brings with him extensive functional expertise together with deep understanding of digital businesses and start-ups.

“As the company looks to implement the new vision to be a global leader in enabling digital ecosystems, Kabir’s experience will be valuable in driving transformation programmes as well as profitable and sustainable growth for the company.”