Mr. Ashwani Windlass is a leading strategy, telecom and technology professional, currently engaged in advisory role at the Board/CEO level, after over three decades of wide and top management experience with an outstanding track record of value creation. He focuses on strategy, telecoms and technology as also M&As.
Mr. Windlass has had an exceptional academic record, being a rank holder throughout. He is a university topper with a Gold Medal in his B.Com (Bachelors of Commerce) from Punjab University, Chandigarh from where he also obtained a graduation in Journalism. He then went on to obtain his MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University Of Delhi, Delhi.
He is currently a non-executive Chairman - SA & JVs, MGRM Holdings Inc., USA, a global research initiative to develop and build a human life cycle based services platform. He has been actively engaged in next generational telecom related work. He currently serves as a non-executive Director on the Board of Max India Limited and non-executive Vice Chairman of Max Ventures Private Limited. He also serves on the board of Hindustan Media Ventures Limited, India’s leading print media Company and Antara Senior Living Limited. Additionally, he advises private and sovereign funds. He is also on Board of Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India’s front ranking management institution.
Mr. Windlass has been the Founder Managing Director of Hutchison Max Telecom (since rechristened as Vodafone Essar) and Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Telecom Limited, part of India’s largest industrial conglomerate where he conceptualized and established their strategic entry into Telecom . He laid solid foundations and made his distinct mark in both these assignments which has seen these initiatives blossom into mega ventures. He played a proactive role as an industry spokesperson and anchoring key policy initiatives with the Government of India.
In his distinguished executive career, he established and managed several new green field ventures in particular across telecom and technology sectors. These included setting up and managing Joint Ventures in India with world’s leading corporations –Hutchison Group, Hong Kong; British Telecom UK, Comsat Corporation, USA, Avnet USA and Royal Gist Brocades, Holland; Elf Atochem (Total Group), France, MGRM Technologies Inc., USA apart from strategic relationships with AT&T, Motorola & Siemens.
At Max India Limited, Mr.Windlass held various key management positions in the area of Corporate Affairs, Finance and Strategy, apart from conceptualizing, building and spearheading the group’s foray into Electronics and Telecom Services. At 38, he was appointed the CEO of the Telecom Group. He also guided the group through some key strategic and innovative business initiatives.
More recently, Mr.Windlass also headed the research based technology initiatives of MGRM Technologies Inc., USA for Asia Pacific region. These initiatives have to their credit unique research based proprietary multi domain IT services platform, based on Human Life Cycle approach and built on new generation technologies. This group has made exhaustive contribution in education, healthcare and other domains through global research anchored through top Ivy League universities in the USA. He now maintains his association with the MGRM Group, albeit in a non-executive capacity.