Gopal Vittal

MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel

Speaker Bio

Gopal Vittal has served as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel Limited for the last ten years. In his role as CEO, he is responsible for defining the strategy and providing overall leadership to the operations of the company.

Under his leadership, Airtel has built a strong portfolio of businesses across Mobile, Homes, Enterprise and Digital services. In the last few years, he has driven the digital transformation of the business, improving experience, stripping out cost and re-imagining the business. As a result, Airtel has achieved a lifetime high in terms of both revenue market share and Enterprise value in a brutally competitive market place.

Prior to this, Gopal worked for twenty years with Unilever across sales, marketing and general management in markets spanning India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and China. In his last assignment, as member of the Hindustan Unilever board, he led the Home and Personal care business and turned around the overall portfolio including Personal care, a segment that was declining for several years.

Gopal sits on the board of Bharti Airtel Limited, Indus Towers and Airtel Payments bank in addition to serving as Deputy Chair of GSMA, the premier global association of the mobile industry with over 1200 members across the world. He is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA from IIM, Kolkata.