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Samba Natarajan

Non-Executive Director


  • Globe Director since April 7, 2015 and re-elected on April 23, 2019
  • Globe Board Committee memberships:
    - Executive Committee
    - Finance Committee

Mr. Natarajan, 53, US citizen, has served as Director since April 7, 2015. He has been the 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.


SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

He worked for Citibank from 1988 to 1997 and for 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.


DIRECTORSHIP IN OTHER PUBLICLY-LISTED COMPANIES

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

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