Nokia today appointed Rupa Santosh as head of Nokia Networks’ Technology Center, Bengaluru, which is incidentally the leading Research and Development (R&D) site for Nokia Networks globally, as well as an employer of choice within the local ecosystem.
“Rupa brings over 20 years of experience in telecommunications network research and development having performed diverse roles and managed products within Nokia. She brings in exceptional understanding of the telecom industry. Her experience will further strengthen Nokia’s research and development functions globally and for our operations in India,” said Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and head of India Market, Nokia Networks.
Prior to this, Rupa was leading Single RAN R&D at Bengaluru where she spear-headed research and development across key network entities like RNC, BTS and Femto, providing leadership to over 450 member team. Rupa’s appointment will be effective from June 1, 2015.
“Nokia is a remarkable company with the ability to re-invent itself to shape the future. At the Bengaluru center, every employee, together with the global team, is contributing towards future of telecommunication technology, while bringing unique local value.” said Rupa Santosh, the new head of Nokia Networks’ Technology Center at Bengaluru. “We will actively engage with the vibrant ecosystem of academia, industry and entrepreneurs in Bangalore city to advance Nokia’s commitment towards research and development, and deliver significant value to our customers and partners globally. With the exceptional talent in India in the field of research, I look forward to working with our teams, customers and ecosystem partners to ensure that our Bangalore Technology Center is amongst the industry leaders.”
Located at Manyata Tech Park, Bengaluru, the centre has a nearly 4000-strong workforce, with 26% among them women engineers.