Chennai: Nokia Oyj on Monday named Sandeep Girotra as head of India as part of a planned combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.

Girotra would oversee the combined company’s customer operations across India, driving the execution of strategy and ensuring superior customer service, underpinned by a strong focus on innovation and quality, said the company in a statement.

Girotra joined Nokia Networks in 1996 and has held different roles in India, heading the region since 2011. In 2010 he served as head of sales for business solution networks, having been customer team head at Idea Cellular within Nokia Siemens Networks from 2007 to 2009.

Girotra would report to Ashish Chowdhary, chief customer operations officer.

The proposed appointment will take effect after a successful closing of a public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities announced on 15 April.