Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) has announced key leadership changes. These changes align with HFCL’s aim at scaling its international business.

HFCL’s subsidiary in the Netherlands has onboarded Andrew Westerman as the vice president of international sales and communication products. Westerman will lead the sales and business development for the communication products in global markets. Andrew has more than three decades of experience in pre-sales, business development, transmission and networking. Prior to joining HFCL, Westerman served as the head of sales, EMEA region and Mimosa by Airspan, where he was responsible for managing and growing direct sales through service providers along with indirect sales. Having held several leadership positions in renowned organizations like Ceragon Networks, Ericsson and ICO Global Communications, Westerman will focus on sales and business development for HFCL’s entire range of communication products in the international market. His appointment will further strengthen the global leadership team of HFCL.

Also, HFCL has onboarded Rajesh Jain as the executive president of the EPC Projects Business. Jain’s appointment will help HFCL grow its EPC projects business in both the national and international markets. He has over 26 years of experience in varied business sectors, such as telecom and power, EPC and O&M projects. He has held senior business and cross functional leadership positions in his career and built strong relationships with key stakeholders in government, PSUs and corporate sector. Prior to joining HFCL, Rajesh was associated with A2Z Infra Engineering Limited, as CEO and whole time director and has previously worked with Teracom Limited, Surana Telecom, MPI Group and Vindhya Telelinks Limited.

Meanwhile, to strengthen its research and development capability, HFCL has onboarded Santanu Bhattacharyya as the vice president and head of FPGA engineering. Bhattacharyya’s appointment will help HFCL address the tremendous opportunities in the 5G space and to build HFCL’s products for the global telecom markets. He is an industry expert in research and development with over three decades of experience. Initially having worked as a research engineer with CDOT, he has worked with organizations like Transwitch, Solarflare, and most recently with Xilinx, where he served as design engineering director.

Commenting on the leadership changes, Mahendra Nahata, managing director, HFCL, said, “Having made a mark on the Indian telecom sector, HFCL aims to expand its leadership into new geographies, new markets, and new products. The 5G and EPC sector offer plethora of possibilities and opportunities for an organization like ours, and we aim to make the most of it. I am delighted to welcome onboard the three industry veterans, who will bring us further closer towards our goal to attain a manifold growth in our international business, and lead to HFCL become a partner of choice for marquee clients in India and abroad. I welcome Andrew Westerman who would be instrumental in scaling up the Communication Products business internationally. I also take this opportunity to welcome Rajesh Jain and Santanu Bhattacharya in their new roles. I am confident that together we will capitalise on the upcoming growth opportunity in this decade of digital transformation that we are seeing across industry verticals.”