Sanjiv Ahuja

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'Sanjiv Ahuja is one of the most respected names in global telecommunications, with a career of significant industry leadership, including past CEO of Orange, S.A,[1] one of the world’s largest cellular operators. Sanjiv is currently Chairman and CEO of Tillman Global Holdings (TGH),[2] a US-based holding company he formed in 2013, that develops infrastructure businesses in developed and developing markets. TGH’s initial focus was in telecommunications and technology infrastructure, and has now expanded to energy and environmental issues, with extensive global infrastructure ownership and operations expertise. Companies in the TGH portfolio that Sanjiv founded—and is current Chairman of—include: • Staghorn Infrastructure,[3] a new builder, operator and aggregator of US cell towers. • Apollo Towers,[4] the leading builder and operator of shared cell towers in Myanmar, with over 1100 sites on air country-wide, and thousands more under development. • JC Decaux-Link, in partnership with JC Decaux, a market-leading shared small-cell infrastructure provider, with agreements in place with over forty major global operators. • Tillman Green, building renewable green energy solutions worldwide, including a major new solar power facility in Kenya.

Previously, Sanjiv was the Chairman and CEO of LightSquared[5] with the mission of developing the world's first wholesale-only nationwide 4G LTE Long Term Evolution wireless broadband communications network. Sanjiv partnered with Harbinger Capital Partners Harbinger Capital Partners Chief Executive Officer Philip A. Falcone in creating LightSquared.[6]

Sanjiv is also founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Augere,[7] a company formed in 2007 with a vision to provide broadband access for all.[8] Augere is currently providing wireless broadband internet services in Bangladesh and Pakistan under the brand name Qubee.[9] As well, Sanjiv is the founder and Chairman of Eaton Towers, which is building passive telecom infrastructure throughout Africa, with a portfolio of over 10,000 sites.[10]

Sanjiv was the Chief Executive Officer of Orange S.A -- one of the world's leading Telecom companies—for three years from March 2004 - April 2007. Prior to that he was the company's Chief Operating Officer from April 2003 to March 2004. After stepping down as CEO of Orange S.A, Sanjiv was Chairman of Orange UK until September 2008.[11]

During his leadership, Orange increased the number of countries in which it operated from 17 to 23, including 14 countries in Africa, and more than doubled its mobile customers from 48 million to over 100 million worldwide. Orange S.A also saw a significant and continuous improvement in revenue, market share and cash flow under his leadership. Sanjiv oversaw the successful extension of the Orange brand from mobile origins to embrace France Telecom's broadband, fixed line and IPTV services in its largest markets.

Sanjiv's previous industry experience includes non-executive directorships of Telenor S.A.,[12] Cadbury, Williams Sonoma, Network Appliance, SAIC, and President of Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore), the world's largest provider of operations support systems, network software and consulting and engineering services to the telecommunications industry. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years at IBM in various executive roles. Sanjiv's last area of responsibility at IBM included leading their entry into the telecommunications software industry.

Sanjiv has a degree in electrical engineering from Delhi University, India, and a master's degree from Columbia University in New York. He lives in NYC.


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