Nokia’s Deepti Arora Elected Chair of TIA’s Board of Directors

Arlington, VA (January 29, 2019) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced the election of Deepti Arora, Chief Quality Officer, Senior Vice President of Nokia, as Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors, six new and re-appointed Executive Committee leaders, and Directors representing two companies new to the organization’s board for 2019.

Arora, who is responsible for global quality transformation and heads quality for all products, solutions and services worldwide at Nokia is the first woman to hold the Board’s highest leadership position.

Jennifer Pentecost Sims, Chief Executive Officer, Power & Telephone Supply Co. was elected to serve as Secretary of the Board and Doug Moore, President and CEO, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Board.

Other newly elected Executive Committee members include: Trevor Smith, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Office of the CTO, CommScope Network Solutions; Jeff Campbell, Vice President, the Americas Global Government Affairs, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Sankaran “Ram” Ramanathan, Director of Network Systems Support, Verizon Wireless; and Mark Walker, President, Walker and Associates.

“TIA’s leadership within the information communication technology community is pivotal now more than ever as we strive to solve unique challenges and shape our ecosystem. I look forward to working with this talented group of leaders as we advance TIA’s global advocacy, standardization and business performance initiatives for 5G networks and new verticals,” said Deepti Arora, Chief Quality Officer, Senior Vice President of Nokia and Chair of the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association.

“TIA’s new Executive Committee will help the organization continue to grow and become increasingly relevant. TIA is fortunate to have such a strong assembly of forward-thinking leaders,” said TIA CEO Wes Johnston. “Arora’s expertise in management and technology makes her a perfect fit to advance our mission at a global level.”

In addition to the new Executive Committee, TIA’s board added two new member companies:

  • Crown Castle International Corp., represented by Rebecca Hunter, External Affairs, Corporate Development & Strategy
  • Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc., represented by Carmine Battafarano, President

A full list of the new 2019 TIA Board of Directors and Executive Committee can be found online here.


Ashley Simmons, 703-907-7704,

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents more than 300 companies that enable high-speed communications networks and accelerate next-generation ICT innovation. Through leadership in U.S. and international advocacy, technology programs and standards development and business performance solutions, TIA and its members are accelerating global connectivity across every industry and market.