American Tower Corporation has appointed Sanjay Goel as executive vice president (EVP) and President for the company’s Asia-Pacific operations. Goel will succeed Amit Sharma, who will now serve as the chairman of the company’s Asia-Pacific region and as special advisor to the chief executive officer (CEO) until his retirement on July 1, 2021.

Sharma joined American Tower in 2007 as EVP and president, Asia to lead the company’s strategic expansion into Asia. Under his leadership, American Tower has grown its Indian footprint to nearly 76,000 communications sites, becoming one of the largest independent communications infrastructure providers in the region.

Meanwhile, Goel joins American Tower from Nokia, where he most recently served as president of the Global Services business group and Nokia Operations. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, profit and loss (P&L) management and Global Services business operations across more than 100 countries. As part of Nokia’s Global Operations, Goel was also responsible for procurement, global supply chain, global shared services and quality.

He has over 30 years of diverse business leadership experience in the telecom and information technology industries and has held numerous positions in Asia and Europe.