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India's Reliance Communications names former Bharti exec as CEO

A customer leaves a Reliance communication store in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave
A customer leaves a Reliance communication store in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Reliance Communications Ltd, India's No.4 mobile phone carrier by customers and revenue, on Monday named Vinod Sawhny as its chief executive officer.

Reliance Communications, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, previously had chief executives for its wireless, enterprise and international business divisions, but no overall CEO.

Sawhny previously worked with India's Bharti Group, which takes in top mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel Ltd, for more than a decade in various roles.

Gurdeep Singh, chief executive at Reliance Communications' dominant wireless business unit, will also head satellite television and consumer broadband businesses in his new role as CEO of consumer business, Reliance Communications said in a statement.

Reliance Communications last Friday reported third-quarter results that missed expectations.

(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by David Holmes)

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