Tata Communications names Gunawardana its new Americas chief

Tata Communications, a Matawan-based digital infrastructure provider, announced Wednesday it has named Pathmal Gunawardana as head of Americas.

In this role, Gunawardana will be responsible for speeding up customer adoption of the company’s hybrid WAN, cloud services in North and South America.

The appointment, Tata said, enhances its growth strategy in the United States.

“As businesses become more and more dependent on cloud and mobile applications to operate effectively on a global scale and stay competitive in the digital economy, we’re seeing growing demand for our capabilities,” Gunawardana said. “We have a differentiated value proposition in the U.S. market, which consists of the reach of our global network and the cloud connectivity, mobility and UCC services it underpins; our strategic partnerships; and our knowledge of regulatory issues across emerging and developed markets. This unique combination puts us in an ideal position to address our customers’ increasingly complex and rapidly changing technology needs.”

Gunawardana has been with Tata since 2015, previously serving as vice president of sales for the Americas. Before that, he was head of global mobility vertical sales at Juniper Networks. He’s also held roles at Nokia Siemens Network, Alcatel Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs.

“The Americas is our second biggest market in revenue terms, but it still has considerable growth potential too. I am confident that with Pathmal at the helm, more and more multinational enterprises in the region will look to us to meet their cloud networking, hybrid WAN and business collaboration needs. Furthermore, Tata Communications is a business that values greatly our ‘DRIVE’ company culture, and we see our employees’ success as a key driver for our business success. That’s why it’s so great to see talented, ambitious individuals like Pathmal rise through the ranks and become one of our regional leaders,” Sumeet Walia, chief sales and marketing officer, Tata, said.