Samba Natarajan

Non-Executive Director

  • Globe Director since April 7, 2015 and re-elected on April 17, 2018
  • Globe Board Committee memberships:
    - Executive Committee and Finance Committee
  • Number of directorships in other publicly listed companies: 0

Mr. Natarajan, 52, US citizen, was elected as Director on April 7, 2015. He has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Group Digital Life, Singtel since April 2015. Group Digital is the digital innovation business for the Singtel group and is currently focused on capturing opportunities in three main areas—Digital Marketing, Over-the-Top Video, and Data Analytics—while also managing the corporate venture fund, Innov8, that invests in cutting-edge technologies. He joined Singtel in May 2014 as Managing Director of Digital Enterprise leading a team focused on identifying, executing, and operationalizing enterprise growth opportunities from emerging technology trends. He brings more than 25 years of corporate and consulting experience across a wide range of senior roles in the areas of strategy, business development, and finance.


He worked for Citibank from 1988 to 1997 and McKinsey & Company since 1999. In his last role with McKinsey, he was the Leader of Southeast Asia TMT practice, consulting with C-level executives in the areas of growth, transformation, corporate finance, and commercial operations. Mr. Natarajan sits on the board of several digital subsidiaries of the Singtel group, including Amobee, HOOQ, and Trustwave. He also sits on the advisory board of the McKinsey Digital Campus and on the Board of Governors of the Singapore American School.


Mr. Natarajan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering with distinction from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India where he was an industrial scholar; and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he was a Hope Fellow, Ford Fellow, and Palmer Scholar. He was profiled in “Leaders for the Global Markets,” Wharton School 1999–2000.


Mr. Natarajan is not a director in any other publicly listed Company.

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