Name : Gaurav Arun Sonalkar
A man who is more known to be the person who got Mobile Telephony to India has many facets to his personality.
Squadron Leader Arun Sonalkar, in a career spanning more than 50 years has played many roles. He is a Corporate Head honcho, an Air Force officer who fought for the nation in 3 major wars (1962, 65 and 71), a Corporate Affairs Guru and a successful entrepreneur. He has several facets to his personality.
Recipient of the “Life Time Achievement” award from the Maharashtra Govt for his work in promoting art, culture and sport, Mr Sonalkar brought in a whole new perspective of encouraging and supporting budding stars who have had a humble beginning. He has supported children in the areas of Cricket, Badminton, Music, drama and many others.
Being part of the CXO teams of several Indian and Multinational conglomerates like Ciba Geigy, Johnson and Johnson, Godrej, Blue Dart, ESSAR Group and the most prominent of them all BPL Mobile. In his illustrious career he has been on the board of several organisations and Government bodies. Being instrumental in forming several Govt policies around Telecommunications, security and Corporate Affairs. Having guided several Government bodies in these areas as part of their advisory boards
While he has many firsts to his name in his achievements in the corporate world the one that truly stands out is his contribution to the Telecom sector. He is credited to have brought the Mobile to India. He was the first person to design and action the foray of Mobile communications to be a part of this amazing nation.
Corporate Affairs has been his major area of strength where he has played a pivotal role in redefining the role of Corporate Affairs. His connect across Political, Bureaucrats, International and national bodies is well known. Ability to manage relationships and at the same time standing strong on your principles makes him a truly unique professional.
A man respected by all, who has guided many small budding entrepreneurs through his down to earth and Realistic way of doing business has made him a Mentoring Guru to many successful entrepreneurs (big and small).
A simple person by outlook, Mr Sonalkar is a family man and dedicates his success to his wife Vaishali without whom he says he would not have been able to achieve much success
CKP Business Club – CBC is Proud to have Shri. Arun Sonalkar as Honorary Member.