Throughout his illustrious career, Gopal Vittal has worked for only two companies, the telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel and the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giant HUL, switching roles several times.
Gopal Vittal is one of the top executives in the Indian telecom sector, currently serving as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, and he leads the market-cap behemoth, which has a value of Rs 4.5 lakh, founded by billionaire tycoon Sunil Bharti Mittal. Throughout his illustrious career, Vittal has worked for only two companies, Bharti Airtel and the FMCG giant HUL, having held multiple positions at both.
After finishing his schooling at Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh, Gopal Vittal pursued his undergraduate degree at Madras Christian College. He went on to earn an MBA from IIM in 1990 and joined HUL. One of the most notable accomplishments during his tenure at HUL was Project Bharat, where he developed a strategy to penetrate rural India by incentivizing people to try HUL’s products.
During his 16-year tenure at HUL, Gopal Vittal started as a fresher and worked his way up to leadership roles before Sunil Bharti Mittal recruited him to head marketing operations at Airtel. Vittal played a pivotal role in transforming Airtel’s mass-market strategy, which resulted in the company’s customer base growing from 33 million to 122 million. His swift expansion of the brand’s presence in smaller cities across India, outside of the Tier-1 cities, was a major contributing factor to this success.