About Vikram R Chari

Vikram Chari, BSc. (Hons), MBA, MFM, IEEE

52 – 3950 Erin Centre Boulevard ¬ Mississauga, Ontario ¬ L5M 0A5

Phone: 905.819.9586  Cell: 416.970.8207

Email: vikchar@yahoo.com  ¬  http://www.linkedin.com/in/vikramrchari

“Combines a highly successful use of effectual and causal reasoning to leverage entrepreneurship with a personal mandate to exceed corporate goals.”


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

Professional Experience

PragmaStrat Inc., Toronto, Ontario                                                                                                                      2008 – present


¬  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


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


¬  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

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