Tata Communications has appointed Kabir Ahmed Shakir as its chief financial officer, with effect from October 21, 2020. As part of his new role, Shakir will be responsible for the strategic financial management of the company, including investor relations.

Shakir brings with him nearly three decades of leadership experience in strategic financial management with a sharp focus on growth, strong business processes, and operational execution across diverse industries and geographies.

Prior to this, he was working as the chief financial officer at Microsoft India and was responsible for Microsoft’s overall finance leadership across all entities in India.

Shakir has extensive experience in global markets. Before Microsoft, he spent 23 years with Unilever in leadership roles across the globe – as international funding director in the Netherlands, global supply chain finance director in the UK, CFO of the home and personal care business in India and Global CFO for the skin care category in the UK.

Commenting on the appointment, A.S Lakshminarayanan, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, said, “I am pleased to welcome Kabir into the leadership team at Tata Communications. Kabir brings with him extensive functional expertise together with deep understanding of digital businesses and start-ups. As the company looks to implement the new vision to be a global leader in enabling digital ecosystems, Kabir’s experience will be valuable in driving transformation programmes as well as profitable and sustainable growth for the company.”

Meanwhile, Shakir said, “I am very excited to join Tata Communications. The company has shown remarkable business performance which is being recognised by the market and key stakeholders. Tata Communications has a clear, ambitious strategy and a strong leadership team. I look forward to building on the company’s financial strategy and delivering value to shareholders, as the company continues on its path of achieving profitable growth and being seen as a leading digital ecosystem enabler globally.”