Dr. Menon is a global technology leader with over three decades of experience in enterprise and internet technologies across IT, telecom and media industries. Having completed his undergraduate studies in India, he spent sixteen years in mature markets of the US and moved back to India over fifteen years back for innovating technology business models for large-scale operations in emerging markets of Asia and Africa.
He has traversed two phases in his career globally – first as a researcher inventing deep-tech, and second as a corporate leader – and he is currently exploring how this unique blend of experience can help spawn a possible third phase of entrepreneurial leadership. He is currently mentoring a few technology companies across domains including IoT, smart infrastructure and cloud. He continues to drive new “e2i” (enterprise-to-internet) technology transformation models supporting digital evolutions of businesses.
Dr. Menon started his career at IBM’s Watson Labs (US) and rose to a Director in IBM’s Software Group, leading worldwide research-to-market business for internet rich media. He then served as CTO of AT&T (BellSouth, US) and rose to Corporate Officer and EVP managing growth businesses. He subsequently held leadership positions across Asia and Africa as Group CIO of Bharti Enterprises (across multiple industries including telecom, retail, infrastructure, software and financial services) and for Bharti Airtel as – Director (Global Innovation), Joint President (Enterprise Business), Director (Customer Service) and CTIO (Africa). Dr. Menon subsequently moved to the media industry as Group Director (Technology) and CTO, HT Media group spanning news, digital content, radio and education – to help the strategic transformation of the group into digital ready formations.
He has received several global recognitions, including Global CIO 50 (US), Forbes (US), GSMA (Spain), TechForum (US), Telecom Asia (Hong Kong), IDC (Singapore), Asia-Pacific CIO (US) and NASSCOM (India). He was conferred the IIT-Delhi Distinguished Alumnus Award (India) in 2010.
He has authored over thirty five US patents and nearly hundred international research publications. He has also served on several global advisory bodies and boards, including the TM Forum, Center for CIO Leadership (New York), GSMA Executive Management Committee, IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation and Teradata. He is a member of IEEE, ASME, ACM, Phi Kappa Phi as well as committees in India’s leading industry bodies, including NASSCOM and CII.
Dr. Menon received his PhD and MS from Cornell University (US) and BTech (first rank) from IIT, Delhi (India). He has completed various executive management programs, including Harvard, Wharton and Sloan schools of business.