Managing Director and CEO-Optical Networking Business

A believer in purpose-led organisations, Ankit has been leading STL’s growth journey as it transforms billions of lives by connecting the world. Over his past 14 years at STL, Ankit has been a change agent within the company and a driving force towards connecting the unconnected across the globe.

He is the force behind STL’s dramatic global expansion, customer-first ethos, R&D focus and strategic joint ventures & acquisitions. He has strengthened STL’s presence in India, USA, UK, Italy, China and Brazil. He holds sustainability very close to his heart and is leading the company’s ambitious Net-Zero by 2030 target, from the front.

Ankit is extremely passionate about improvement in health, education and the environment through digital inclusion in India. Recognised as a 40 under 40 leader, Ankit is a strong supporter of young and entrepreneurial talent. He is a fitness enthusiast, an athlete, and a long-distance runner and encourages his teams and young people to work towards solid all-round growth at work and in life.

Prior to STL, Ankit was building Vedanta’s corporate portfolio while overseeing multiple M&As, including the $8.6 billion acquisition of Cairn India. Ankit holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA degree from London Business School.