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Manoj Kohli appointed as SoftBank India head

SoftBank India has appointed  Manoj Kohli as its country head. The former Bharti Airtel executive, who has an experience of over 40 years, was head of Airtel’s international operations besides working at companies like DCM Shriram and Escotel before joining SoftBank.

In this new role, Kohli will be responsible for supporting SoftBank, SoftBank Vision Fund, and their portfolio companies’ interests in India. He will be responsible for government relations and public policy efforts, working closely with portfolio company founders and CEOs to address government and policy issues and secure required approvals to enable their businesses to run smoothly and achieve their full business potential

SoftBank has also been beefing up its team in India as earlier this month Vision Fund roped in Vikas Agnihotri, who was till recently Google India’s interim country head, as its first operating partner in the country. SoftBank Vision Fund has been building a team in India, which started with the hiring of Sumer Juneja last year to lead investments.