Jai Prakash Menon is an Indian technology executive.
Menon started his career at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and became an IBM executive Director in IBM’s Software Group, heading worldwide research-to-market business for rich media.
From there he joined AT&T (formerly BellSouth) as Chief Technology Officer for IT across all lines of businesses.
Menon returned to India and joined Bharti Airtel in 2002 as CIO and Corporate Director – IT. Additionally, he launched Airtel’s Enterprise Business as its Joint President, and subsequently ran Customer Service for India as its Director.
In 2007, he was also made the Group CIO for Bharti Enterprises, which is the parent company of Bharti Airtel. When Airtel expanded to Africa, he was additionally appointed as Chief Technology and Information Officer of Airtel Africa, where he ran Networks and IT, in addition to serving as Bharti’s Group CIO. He developed "the model of outsourcing network" used by Bharti and other companies in the industry. He left the company in both 2005 and 2010 to briefly work for other telecom companies before returning to Airtel.
On 6 Dec, 2013 Menon unexpectedly left his post as CIO at Bharti Airtel amidst accusations of violations of the company's code of conduct by steering company contracts to businesses in which he had stakes. Menon states he left so he could return to doing "technology research and creat[ing] IP (intellectual property) and technologies". Menon was hired by HT Media businesses covering news, radio, entertainment, education and digital.IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumni Award (India, 2010)
Informationweek Global CIO 50 (USA, 2009)
GSMA Global Mobile Award (Barcelona, 2008)
IDC Asia-Pacific Enterprise Innovation Award (Singapore, 2009)