Vikram Chari, BSc. (Hons), MBA, MFM, IEEE
52 – 3950 Erin Centre Boulevard ¬ Mississauga, Ontario ¬ L5M 0A5
Phone: 905.819.9586 Cell: 416.970.8207
“Combines a highly successful use of effectual and causal reasoning to leverage entrepreneurship with a personal mandate to exceed corporate goals.”
** CAREER DIFFERENTIATOR **
Acknowledged as an international Evangelist in telecommunications (wired and wirless), digital video, interactive television technology, cable television and satellite television. Extensive experience in technology, corporate planning, strategy and governance as a Board Advisor and Executive Consultant.
PROFILEVice President / General Manager
Prescient, innovative and resolute business leader renowned as a key influencer in steering companies through hurdles to reposition the business for success. Sharpens the corporate edge, thrives on resolving challenges, reinventing the company in a highly technical niche. Futurist sees and seizes upon opportunities to maximize the use of technologies, emerging digital communication and interactive services.
Core business competencies include:
|¬ Executive Leadership||¬ Technology Management||¬ Program Management|
|¬ New Product Development||¬ New Markets||¬ Corporate Strategy|
|¬ Video Technology||¬ Product Launch Implementation||¬ Budget / P&L|
|¬ Project Management||¬ Business Development||¬ Product Channel Distribution|
|¬ Customer Service||¬ Risk Management||¬ Pricing|
PragmaStrat Inc., Toronto, Ontario 2008 – present
VICE PRESIDENT / GENERAL MANAGER
¬ Accepted a challenge to maximize interest in the video and television encryption sector conducting exhaustive feasibility research for global market penetration with an emphasis on building a Competency Centre in Southeast Asia.
¬ Performed market analysis, built the organizational structure and recruited 50 staff to launch the encryption product as an interactive service in India generating $35 million.
¬ Conducted process reengineering of content delivery networks, engineering service efficiency in broadcast television delivering a 25% efficiency to network content delivery.
¬ Forged a partnership based on customer requirements with Cisco, Motorola, Open TV, Kudelski, SeaChange and Barco forecasted to generate a potential $100 million in new digital services.
¬ Directed the implementation of 3 interactive television distribution and application technologies valued at $150 million for clients across North America.
¬ Steered the business through numerous challenges to propel profitability from 12% to 20%.
¬ Accountable for $ 75 m revenue leading a 150-person geographically disparate international team headquartered in Toronto overseeing policy, planning, technology, budgeting, financials and engineering.
Cogeco Cable Canada Inc., Burlington, Ontario 2007 – 2008
DIRECTOR – Engineering
¬ Controlled the largest business unit with 450 staff and 5 direct management reports within the Engineering and Technology Group.
¬ Accountable for cable and broadband infrastructure technology strategy, bandwidth deployment, vendor alliances and partnerships, and the delivery of interactive quad play services to residential and corporate enterprise subscribers.
¬ Devised a sweeping $35 million 5 year strategy and implementation upgrade of internal and external plant infrastructure to deliver advanced interactive services to 1.5 million subscribers.
¬ Commanded a $120 million cable network rebuild for 100,000 subscribers per annum boosting bandwidth by 50% to a minimum of 870/750 MHz adding 150,000 revenue generating units per year.
¬ Seamlessly blended 2 culturally diverse, recently acquired optical fibre companies with 5,000 km of fibre networks and 150 staff within 8 months, adding $20 million revenue in voice, high-speed data and Wi-Fi.
¬ Spearheaded a cross-functional team of Directors to develop the Ontario Competitive Strategy with a mandate to combat a competitive threat.
¬ Negotiated partnerships/alliances with technology partners including Cisco, Motorola, Harmonic Lightwave and Scientific-Atlanta to facilitate the deployment of advanced services.
¬ Appointed Program Director for a 4 year $30 million standby battery powering program to elevate the digital voice network reliability to a 4 hour standby.
Intelsat General Corporation (formerly PanAmSat), Atlanta, Georgia 2000 – 2007
SENIOR DIRECTOR – Program Management
¬ Led a $250 million per annum international program portfolio in satellite and terrestrial network infrastructure including emerging digital service video platform engineering, developing the technical strategy and implementation for DTH/DTV, HDTV, IPTV, On-Demand, Store and Forward video and data services.
¬ Pioneered, in partnership with the R&D Engineering and Product Development Managers, the subscription video on-demand television services for 3 leading North American cable networks with 2.5 million subscribers.
¬ Established a strategic global $35 million PMO for PanAmSat to maximize video service implementation and management coupled with a new $250 million product rollout.
¬ Managed a cross-matrix organization with limited resources to develop, test and launch a new digital video service (IP) to 7 Latin American and Asia-Pacific countries in 90 days advancing annual revenue by $25 million.
¬ Piloted the launch of an Internet IP streaming and video event-subscription sports service based on the “Walled Garden” concept in ESPN, BBC, ntl, BSkyB and for the largest broadband/cable network operator in South Korea for 1.5 million customers.
¬ Cultivated and maintained business relationships with global technology vendors and service providers establishing the division as a “Go To” resource across the company for digital communication information.
¬ Supervised the new digital services program management, product launch rollout and technical strategy to optimize and streamline processes.
Intelisys Electronic Commerce, Inc/Metiom, Inc., USA 1999 – 2000
SENIOR DIRECTOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS & STRATEGY
Leading a team of 10 Business and Systems Analysts, providing B2B eCommerce Solutions for Fortune 1000 customer in sectors such as – Banking, Finance, Auto, High tech Manufacturing, Energy, Telecommunications, Government, and Non-Profits.
* Established – eMarkets, eProcurement, Auctions, Reverse-auctions, Logistics, Payments & Settlements
* Directed the modeling of e-commerce capabilities such as Auctions, Reverse-auctions, e-marketplaces, etc.
* Spearheaded Corporate Expansion and overseas development opening 5 offices in three continents
* Internationalization of the software and e-solution including the website
* Directed the building of Business and Technical Solution Models and Pricing
* Building partnerships with Microsoft, HP, IBM Global, Intuit, for OASIS, Biztalk, OASIS, XML/XSL, EDI, Database and Storage
Cisco Systems (formerly Scientific-Atlanta Inc.), Atlanta, Georgia 1991 – 1999
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER
¬ Played a key leadership role on the winning team securing a technical excellence “Emmy Award” in 1996 for the development and launch of a digital video broadband solution PowerVu®.
¬ Conceived and led a $10 million USD, 18 month turnkey satellite teleport implementation program in the Middle East, challenged by a hostile environment during the height of the Gulf War.
¬ Achieved an unparalleled 55% gross margin in a 2 year $125 million USD international on-demand DTH network implementation in Italy and the Middle East generating a further $120 million USD revenue stream.
¬ Deployed 500,000 cable boxes, 12 million in network equipment and 3.5 million optical transport equipment in 2 Tier 1 cable MSO and satellite communication service providers within demanding project mandates.
Armstrong World Industries Inc., Lancaster, Pennsylvania / Uxbridge, United Kingdom 1987 – 1991
MANAGER – Planning and Projects
¬ Performed corporate planning, prepared a business case for potential penetration to the Indian market for the building materials manufacturer, staffed and implemented new projects.
NTB International Group, India / Germany 1983 – 1987
EXECUTIVE PROJECTS – Corporate Planning
Education and Professional Development
IEEE 1996 current
Communications and Broadcasting
University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
MASTERS OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (MFM) – Finance 1987
DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES (MBA) – Marketing 1983
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – Honours (BSc.) 1979
A strong proponent of continuous education completing the following courses:
|¬ Advanced Telecom Networks 3G, 4G/LTE||¬ Digital Video Systems|
|¬ Presentation Skills||¬ Cable Television Networks|
|¬ CWDM/DWDM, GPON, GePON, FTTX||¬ Content Delivery Network Services|
¬ IP Based Digital Transport Networks
Active member of the following organizations:
IEEE 1996 – present
Society of Industrial Leaders (SIL), Standard & Poor’s subsidiary – Vista Research 2004 – present
Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) 2000 – present
Digital Video Broadcasting International (DVBI) 1996 – present
Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) 1991 – present
GSM Association (GSMA) 2000 – present
Society of Cable Telecom Engineers (SCTE) 2000 – present
Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) 2000 – present