The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has an­nounced that Pramod K. Mittal, president, Reliance Jio, will continue to serve as chairperson, while P. Balaji, chief regulatory and corporate affairs officer, Vodafone Idea Limited (Vi), will remain the vice chairperson of the association. Mittal comes with a rich experience of over 40 years in the telecommunications sector. Before assuming the role of president at Jio, he served in DoT for over 37 years. Since 2000, he has served as DDG and then as senior DDG, working in telecom policy formulation and implementation, as well as the licensing and regulatory wings of  DoT. Meanwhile, P. Balaji is me­mber of the core leadership team of Vi. He is a pioneer in the telecom sector, having joined the industry in its infancy in 1993. Prior to joining Vi, Balaji served as the managing director of Nokia India and Sony Mobile and has held senior leadership positions in the Tata Group, AT&T, Ericsson and Lucent Technologies.