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Tejas Networks Expands Board of Directors

Tejas Networks expands Board of Directors Amb. Leela Ponappa, Former Deputy National Security Advisor and Shirish Saraf, Founder and Vice-Chairman of Samena Capital join as Non-Executive Directors

August 2, 2016 Bangalore, India: Tejas Networks Limited, a leading global provider of next-generation optical and data networking products, announced the appointment of Ambassador Leela Ponappa and Shirish Saraf to its board of directors.

“We are honored to add two such extraordinary individuals to our board who have varied leadership experience and several outstanding achievements in their illustrious careers”, said Sanjay Nayak CEO and MD. He added, “We look forward to benefiting from their deep expertise, knowledge and valuable perspectives as we continue to nurture Tejas into a global industry leader.”

Ambassador Leela Krishnamurthy Ponappa

Amb. Leela K. Ponappa joins as an non-executive, independent director to our board of directors. She has obtained her bachelor of arts degree and master of arts degree from the University of Madras. She has been an officer of the Indian Foreign Service for several years. She has served as the ambassador of India to Thailand and Netherlands. She has also held the post of Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary, National Security Council and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. She was also appointed as a permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Shirish Saraf

Shirish Saraf joins as a non-executive, additional director to our board of directors. He has obtained bachelor of science degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has several years of experience in heading private equity investment groups. He has been a director on various companies in different jurisdictions, including RAK Ceramics (PSC), RAK Logistics Holdings Pte Ltd and Dynamatic Technologies Limited. He is the founder and vice chairman of Samena Capital. He has also been the co-founder and managing director of Abraaj Capital. He currently holds the post of director in the Samena Foundation.


Tejas Networks designs, develops and sells high-performance and cost-competitive networking products to telecommunications service providers, internet service providers, utilities, defense and government entities in over 75 countries. Tejas products utilize programmable, software-defined hardware architecture with a common software code-base that delivers seamless upgrades of new features and technology standards. Tejas Networks is ranked among top-10 suppliers in the global optical aggregation segment and has filed over 349 patents.

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Certain Statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in Such forward-looking statements due to risks or uncertainties associated with our expectations with respect to, but not limited to, our ability to successfully implement our strategy and our growth and expansion plans, technological changes, our exposure to market risks, general economic and political conditions in India which have an impact on our business activities or investments, changes in the laws and regulations that apply to the industry in which the Company operates. The Company does not undertake to update any forward looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.