COAI Announces New Leadership for 2024-25, Abhijit Kishore Appointed Chairperson

COAI Announces New Leadership for 2024-25, Abhijit Kishore Appointed Chairperson
The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI), the leading industry body representing major telecom, internet, technology, and digital services companies in India, announced its new leadership for the term 2024-25, effective June 2024. Abhijit Kishore, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vodafone Idea Limited, has been appointed as the Chairperson, while Rahul Vatts, Chief Regulatory Officer (CRO) of Bharti Airtel, will serve as the Vice Chairperson.
S.P. Kochhar, Director-General of COAI, expressed optimism about the new leadership coinciding with the third term of the Narendra Modi-led government. "We anticipate that the Digital India program and other forward-looking policies will gain further momentum, empowering citizens with access to digital resources and opportunities", Kochhar stated.
Abhijit Kishore brings over three decades of diverse experience in the telecom industry, having held various roles across functions, organizations, and geographies. Prior to his current position as COO, he was the Chief Enterprise Business Officer at Vodafone Idea Limited, where he spearheaded the company's enterprise segment. Kishore emphasized the industry's commitment to innovation and inclusion. "The telecom sector is advancing rapidly, and together, we are dedicated to fostering a more connected, secure, and inclusive world. On behalf of the industry, I reiterate our commitment to supporting the government’s initiatives to bridge the digital divide and accelerate India’s digital transformation", said Kishore.
Rahul Vatts, a veteran with 29 years of experience in the telecom sector, brings extensive expertise in Telecom & Broadcasting Licensing, Economic Regulations, Spectrum Management, and Regulatory Litigation. As the CRO of Bharti Airtel, Vatts manages Government Relations, Policy, and Regulatory interfaces across the company’s diverse business operations, including mobility broadband, DTH, data centers, submarine cables, international subsidiaries, and digital lines of business. Vatts expressed gratitude towards previous office bearers and highlighted the ongoing transformation in the telecom sector. "The telecom sector is undergoing significant changes, and we will collaborate with the government and regulators to address key issues. I thank the previous office bearers and look forward to working closely with the members to drive the industry forward", said Vatts.
The COAI's new leadership is expected to play a pivotal role in navigating the industry through evolving regulatory landscapes and technological advancements, ensuring sustained growth and innovation. With Kishore and Vatts at the helm, the association aims to strengthen its advocacy for policies that support the telecom sector’s growth and contribute to India's digital economy.