The Government today finally appointed Rakesh Kumar Upadhyay as the Chairman and Managing Director of telecom giant BSNL. “He (Upadhyay) will join office (of BSNL chief) today,” the DoT Secretary, Mr R. Chandrashekhar, told PTI. However, no decision regarding the appointment of MTNL chief, another public sector telecom major, has been taken.
A search-cum-selection panel had earlier selected Mr Upadhyay, CMD of Telecom Consultants India Ltd, for the BSNL chief’s post. The panel was headed by Mr Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, and included the Cabinet Secretary, Mr K.M. Chandresekhar, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr T.K.A. Nair, and the Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Mr Nandan Nilekani, as members for selecting the top officials of the two telecom PSUs.Mr Upadhyay is a 1975 batch officer of Indian Telecom Services. He holds a B.Tech (Electronics) Degree from I T Banaras Hindu University and MBA (Marketing Management) Degree from the Indira Gandhi Open University.