Samba Natarajan

Samba Natarajan

Non-Executive Director

  • Globe Telecom Director since April 7, 2015 and last re-elected on April 20, 2021

  • Globe Board Committee membership:
    - Executive Committee
    - Finance Committee

Mr. Natarajan, US citizen, 55, has served as Director since April 7, 2015, a member of the Finance and Executive Committee. He is CEO of Strategic Portfolio, Singapore Telecommunications Limited effective April 2021. His responsibilities include group-wide strategy and business restructuring for the Singtel Group, in addition to managing a portfolio of digital businesses: Digital Marketing, Gaming and corporate venture fund, Innov8, that invests in cutting edge technologies. He was the CEO of Group Digital Life from April 2015 to March 2021. 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 from 1999 to 2014. In his last role with McKinsey, he was the Leader of Southeast Asia telecommunications, media, and technology (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.

He 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 of the 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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