TV Chalapathi Rao is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS).
Chala is one of the founding members of TCTS and has assumed various leadership roles, including the Head of TCTS in 2012-13. Prior to TCTS, he joined Tata Communications over a decade ago in the leadership role driving networks and equipment planning. Prior to joining the Tata Communications, Chala was the CTO at IComm.
Chalapathi Rao brings over three decades of experience spanning technical, operations, projects, and sales roles in the telecommunications industry. Post the de-regularisation of telecom industry, Chala moved into the private sector as a Head of Networks Planning for BPL Mobile in Mumbai (one of the first GSM Networks in India), after which he moved to Lucent Technologies and was responsible for designing and deploying Basic Services, GSM and CDMA Network in multiple states across India.
He started his career with Bharat Electronics (Ministry of Defence Establishment) as a Research and Development Engineer. He has also served as a Divisional Project Manager in Indian Railways where he established Digital Exchanges, Digital Microwave Systems and OFC Systems.
Chala has earned a Masters in Engineering (ME) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Master of Science, MS (Finance) and CFA from ICFAI, Hyderabad.