Sanjiv Ahuja


Way4orth LLC (former CEO of Orange and LightSquared)

Sanjiv Ahuja is one of the most recognized and noted telecom business leaders in the industry today.
His corporate successes have included leading the turnaround and growth of Orange S.A. from 2003 to 2007. During Sanjiv’s tenure as the CEO, Orange grew from 48 million subscribers to well over 100 million subscribers. Orange also added several countries to its footprint both in Europe and Africa. During this period, Orange experienced a dramatic financial turnaround and success on all metrics, including revenue and profitability.
Prior to Orange, Sanjiv led the turnaround of Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore). During his tenure there (1994-2000), the company doubled revenue and more than quadrupled its profitability.
Since 2007, Sanjiv has been engaged in several entrepreneurial efforts. He has founded, chaired or funded several telecommunications companies around the world. These companies include: Eaton Towers, a telecommunications infrastructure company in Africa; Augere Holdings in Asia, a company delivering affordable, genuine wireless broadband to underserved customers in developing markets such as Bangladesh and Pakistan; and LightSquared in the US, the nation’s first wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network. Revenues for these companies exceeded $100M in 2012. He chairs several of these companies today.

Sanjiv is also engaged in investing and incubating several ventures in both infrastructure and technology arenas around the globe, including Way4orth, whose mission is to provide shared-telecommunications infrastructure in its target markets in the US and Europe.

He is also developing Tillman Global Holdings, which will be building telecommunications infrastructure in Myanmar and the rest of southeast Asia.

He has served on several public boards including Telenor S.A., Cadbury’s, Williams-Sonoma and Network Appliance.
Sanjiv has a degree in electrical engineering from Delhi University, India, and a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.

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