Tata names Pathmal Gunawardana as head of Americas

17 April 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Tata Communications has appointed Pathmal Gunawardana as its new head of Americas.

In his new role, Gunawardana will be responsible for accelerating customer adoption of the company’s hybrid WAN, cloud enablement and business collaboration services across both North and South America.

“As businesses become more and more dependent on cloud and mobile applications to operate effectively on a global scale and stay competitive in the digital economy, we’re seeing growing demand for our capabilities,” said Gunawardana. “We have a differentiated value proposition in the US market, which consists of the reach of our global network and the cloud connectivity, mobility and UCC services it underpins; our strategic partnerships; and our knowledge of regulatory issues across emerging and developed markets. This unique combination puts us in an ideal position to address our customers’ increasingly complex and rapidly changing technology needs.”

Gunawardana joined Tata in 2015 serving as vice president of sale for the Americas. In this role, he was responsible for driving the development of near and long-term go-to-market strategy in both service provider and enterprise segments in the region. Before joining Tata, Gunawardana worked for Juniper Networks as head of global mobility vertical sales. In addition, he has also held positions with the likes of Nokia Siemens Network, Alcatel Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs.

The Americas is our second biggest market in revenue terms, but it still has considerable growth potential too,” added Sumeet Walia, chief sales and marketing officer, Tata Communications. “I am confident that with Pathmal at the helm, more and more multinational enterprises in the region will look to us to meet their cloud networking, hybrid WAN and business collaboration needs. Furthermore, Tata Communications is a business that values greatly our ‘DRIVE’ company culture, and we see our employees’ success as a key driver for our business success. That’s why it’s so great to see talented, ambitious individuals like Pathmal rise through the ranks and become one of our regional leaders.”

The appointment underpins Tata’s growth strategy for the US, which focuses on using its existing global technology capabilities and partnerships with major cloud players to support the digital transformation of global enterprises. Aside from India, the US is Tata’s largest market, with increasing adoption of its business collaboration and mobility expertise.