Saket Agarwal, Global CEO – Services
Saket Agarwal has been the driving force behind the current industry-leading position of Spice Digital Limited in the VAS arena. With his sharp business acumen, quiet leadership and people friendly attitude he orchestrates new partnerships with technology companies, content developers and aggregators, telecom operators, enterprise customers; develops business strategies and new business models to build social, profitable and ethical value based company and workforce.
Saket combines strict discipline of following processes with flexibility of individual contribution to deliver inspirational team work. He stays involved in product design lifecycle, bringing in rich experience and evolved perspective, motivating the teams to deliver path-breaking, robust, simple, revenue-enhancing, user-friendly products within framed timelines.
An Electronics Engineer and Physics Honors Masters from BITS Pilani, Saket continued formal training with senior management programs from XLRI and IIM. He has looked into every aspect of telecommunication industry having a rich hands-on experience of 20 years in this domain. As prior to joining SDL; he had been an integral part of the startup team at Spice Telecom Ltd. Punjab. He is also a qualified ISO auditor.
Saket is an ardent reader (recommends "The Alchemist" and "The Google Story" to one and all), passionate about sports and enjoys traveling. His mantra for success is "To ensure you commit what you can deliver and deliver what you committed".
Lokesh Gupta, COO & Head International Business
Lokesh actualizes business opportunities from consumers’ desire for seamless convergence of fixed, mobile and IP network technologies.
He has shown versatility in managing various positions in the evolution of Spice from its inception and has helped in building its present standing as the leading VAS player.
A Computer Science Graduate from Punjab University, Patiala, he has 20 years of experience in telecom industry, prior to joining the organization he was with Spice Telecom Ltd. He practices the adage "the quality of support function of an organization defines the longevity of its business relations".
Lokesh is an industrious person and deals with situations with peace.
Pankaj Gupta, CEO - BBPO
Pankaj Gupta has 24+ years of rich experience in the field of Telecom and IT with astute understanding of Indian market, business requirements, customer behavior etc. As Chief Operating Officer of Spice Digital, he is responsible for Value Added Services (VAS) Business of Spice Digital Limited.
He leads Teams handling VAS Business of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Tata, Aircel, MTS, Uninor, Loop, MTNL, Stel, Videocon, Indian Railways, Government, Enterprise, Mobile Advertising etc.
Pankaj is a Post Graduate in Electronics Design and Technology, Graduate in Electronics & Communication and PGD in Financial Management. Goal oriented, he sets stiff targets for himself and his team and inspires them to deliver beyond it. His happy nature makes him well-loved leader in the organization.
Before joining Spice Digital in 2008, he has worked with organizations like Crompton Greaves Limited, Spanco Telesystems, Associated Electronics Research Foundation. He is also associated with “The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers” as “Fellow Member”.
Monika Aggarwal, Chief Innovation Officer
She has rich experience of mobile domain being part of the startup team at Spice Telecom, which helps in her role immensely.
She is a Computer Engineer from CRSCE Murthal. Monika attributes her professional and personal success to her belief that for a company and its employees to be successful they need to be ‘customer-oriented' and ‘innovative'. Monika plays the instrumental role in identifying, evaluating and selecting newer processes and technologies to upgrade existing ones for better delivery efficiency and monetary benefits to clients and consumers.
She is crucial participant in defining, developing and creating Spice Digital Limited’s leading VAS products and services.
Monika has 16+ years of experience in the field of Telecom, R&D, implementation and delivery.
Jatinder Verma, Chief Information Officer
Jatinder Verma is a seasoned IT veteran with extensive technical and commercial experience in technology evaluation and implementation, project management, troubleshooting, deployment, upgrading, IT security, disaster-recovery and budgeting.
His key focus at Spice Digital Limited is to continuously evolve business processes/solutions and technical backend project management.
Jatinder has extensively worked as information technologist for past 17+ years with his last assignment being: Principal Architect – Telecom at Wipro Ltd.
A Master in Management Science from the University of Pune, Jatinder is also a Business Management alumni from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. His interest in information technology was formally kick started from the time he enrolled for Computer Technology Diploma from Board of Technical Examinations Maharashtra State, Mumbai.
An inspirational team player, Jatinder infects everyone with his attitude to achieve beyond the expected.
Shehzad Azad, Director & Head of Business Development and Alliances
Shehzad Azad as head of Business Development and Alliances, is always on the look-out for the right domestic/ International partners to create new significant business opportunities for the company. He is also responsible for developing competencies within the company for creating innovative content / services as well as work closely with various functions to maximize monetization of Spice Digital’s services across platforms. As a Director on the board, he also drives strategic synergies within various Spice group companies to create & nurture long-term monetisation opportunities.
Prior to joining Spice Digital, Shehzad was heading the Asia-Pac sales for Alacre, Inc, a US based technology solutions company. Before that he has worked with some of the leading companies like RMSI, Pentasoft Technologies, Telstra and Cellnext. His deep domestic and international exposure in providing software services, mobile VAS and IT solutions to Telecom, Utilities, BFSI, Government/ PSU and Education sectors gives him the edge in business dealings with companies positioned throughout South East Asia, Middle East, USA and India.
Shehzad holds Master’s Degree in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) along B. Tech from JMI and brings over 18 years of diverse experience in Business Development, Strategic Alliances, Client Relationship and Team management. Besides an avid music & movie buff, he is passionate about Sports and likes to hit the playground whenever he can.
Vikram Dheer, Chief Human Resource Officer
Vikram comes to Spice with more that 16 years of experience with companies like FORTIS, TATA, DELL, HFCL where he worked in the HR domain handling various sub functions including TA & HR Operations.
Prior to joining Spice he working with HFCL group, handling the HR and Admin functions of their IPTV business (Gurgaon).
He has a Law Degree from Panjab University and has Masters Degree in Management specializing in HR from Newport University, California, USA.
At Spice Vikram will be looking at all areas related to HR and Administration and will specifically ensure attraction, development and retention of Spice Employees. He believes in the adage’ “Employees are the key resources and directly impact the growth of an organization”. Happy and contented employees’ always help transit the company to the top, also help generate innovative ideas and approach in day-to-day dealings.
Outside of work he is passionate about singing, video-graphy and traveling with his wife and son Chaitanya.
Sunil Kapoor, Chief Financial Officer
Sunil Kapoor with an overall experience of 16+ years is responsible for financial planning, treasury & budgetary controls and taxation. He is a highly skilled qualitative and quantitative Finance and Accounts Professional who focus always to enhance value for the business.
Prior to joining Spice Digital Limited he has worked with companies Aircel, Pepsi, Paras, Phoenix etc. where he has handled Finance and Accounts Function encompassing complete financial management, finalization of business plan & budgets, SAP & ERP implementation, formulation of policies for revenue/profit maximization, risk management and process improvement. He also has experience of professional practice as a Chartered Accountant.
Sunil is B.Com and Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi, He has also done Executive program in Business Management from IIM Kolkatta. He has an interesting combination of positive thinking and process-oriented attitude with cross cultural communication skills. His other passions include swimming and playing chess.
Amit Nigam, Head -mCommerce
Amit Nigam joined Spice as Vice-President – Mobile Commerce bringing in 19 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, Operations, E-Commerce, Mobile Commerce & Strategy. He has served in various key positions at blue chip organizations in the Telecom & Retail space including Aditya Birla Group, Escorts (Escotel) Group, Usha(Koshika), Bharti Airtel and more.
In his last assignment he was Vice President-Mobile Commerce at Paymate India. Amit had been instrumental in developing M-commerce infrastructure at Paymate along with key alliances. Also, at Bharti Airtel and was a recipient of the Chairman’s award for long service and his contribution towards business excellence.
He is PGDM along with Six Sigma Black Belt and a Quality Education System (QES) certified professional from Phillips Crosby-Associates of US.
At Spice Amit will be responsible for developing the Mobile Commerce vertical along with key Strategic Alliances globally.
Arun Nagar, CEO (Spice Africa)
Arun Nagar is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in setting up new businesses in Middle East and Africa. After post-graduate studies in Economics from University of Udaipur, he migrated to Tanzania in 1984 and has been associated with various segments of the telecommunications industry in MEA region since 1991. He has created and led companies involved in distribution of mobile devices and computers, online gaming, and an extensive retail network spanning the GCC, East Africa, and India. Under his current assignment as the CEO & Managing Director of Spice VAS Africa Pvt Ltd since November 2009, the company has grown swiftly in seven key markets in Africa – Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, and Zambia.
Arun’s long and valuable experience in Africa has helped and motivated the Spice VAS Africa team to install 15 Value Added Service platforms in partnership with leading mobile networks including MTN, Airtel, and Safaricom, providing access to more than 120 million subscribers. Content aggregation is also an important element of the Africa strategy, where the company has secured exclusive licenses for premium local content from more than 250 artists.