Managing Director

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 the past 13 years at STL, first as the head of international sales, then as the CEO of the Optical Networking business and now as the Managing Director, Ankit has been a change agent in 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. STL Garv, a rural technology initiative incubated under his vision, is creating entrepreneurial opportunities while improving rural access to critical services.

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. He 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 US$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.