- Executive Vice President, Information Technology Services – 2011
- Bachelor's Degree – Banaras Hindu University/India
- Master's Degree – Banaras University/India
- Doctoral Degree – City University of New York/New York
During his extensive and varied career, Girish Varma has held numerous technical and leadership positions.
As Executive Vice President of Information Technology Services at CenturyLink, Varma is responsible for all IT services and support, including systems architecture, design, and software development (including overseas operations), and for development and sales support of enterprise IT services.
Prior to the CenturyLink/Qwest merger, Varma served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Offi cer, a position he's held since September 2006. Before joining Qwest, he served as the Vice President of Global Applications Services and the Telecom Center of Competency at IBM. There, he was responsible for the development of new business and practices for the telecom industry, as well as for building critical expertise and delivery excellence for complex telecom programs.
Prior to joining IBM, Varma was a Vice President at AT&T, where he retired in 2003 after a successful 25-year career. At AT&T, he had the CIO and service development responsibilities for AT&T business, network and local services. He started his telecommunications career at Bell Laboratories, where he held a number of technical and management positions with increasing levels of responsibilities. During the past several years he led a number of successful business and IT transformation programs in several areas.
Varma holds a Masters Degree from Banaras Hindu University in India and a PhD from the City University of New York. He is also a recipient of numerous business achievement and software excellence awards.