"If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got."


Jyoti Thombre is a global executive, engineer, and technologist with a unique combination of technical and business acumen developed over her 20+ years at complex telecommunications companies. An innovator who looks to data and technology to achieve strategic objectives, she is often asked to take on roles that require transformational leadership and breakthrough thinking. Jyoti is known for providing C-teams and boards with practical insights and for developing high-performance teams at all levels of the organization. 

In her current role as Chief Technology and Operations Officer of Transit Wireless, Jyoti is responsible for the company’s 5G neutral host fiber infrastructure that provides cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to large infrastructure projects including the New York City subway system. 

For more than a decade, Jyoti held increasingly important leadership roles at Alcatel-Lucent ($15B+ revenues) and its predecessor companies. Jyoti gained P&L and executive leadership experience leading teams through both business and technology transformations. This includes negotiating underperforming customer contracts to drive $3B in incremental revenue, strategic execution of major acquisitions, and implementation of cellular networks. A truly global executive, Jyoti has led businesses in the U.S., China, New Zealand, and Switzerland, leading up to 12,000 professionals in 40+ countries. 

In her last role, Jyoti was recruited to Landis+Gyr to help the company refine its product portfolio and take the company public on the Swiss stock exchange.

Jyoti has advanced knowledge of the most critical telecom systems and technologies including predictive analytics, RPA, IoT, LTE, Cloud, Small Cells, 4G/5G, and fixed networks including GPON/EPON, IP, and ATM among many others. 

Jyoti’s crisis response capabilities are well known and rooted in her passion for network reliability. She is experienced in responding to potentially catastrophic natural disasters and network failures. Jyoti received the Alcatel-Lucent CEO’s award for her role in avoiding a major crisis that threatened two of the companies most important client relationships in New Zealand, avoiding more than $50M in financial penalties in the process. She was also responsible for the immediate transition to remote working for the global workforce at Landis+Gyr at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She has a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, a MS in Computer Science and a MS in Engineering Management, both from Northwestern University. 

Jyoti is passionate about education, closing the digital divide, and solving global income disparity. She enjoys global travel, cooking and running. She lives in Atlanta and New York City with her husband.

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