Bharti Airtel picks leaders to drive African business strategy

Bharti Airtel picks leaders to drive African business strategy

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Leading telecommunications services provider in Asia and Africa and owners of Airtel Nigeria, Bharti Airtel has announced key appointments in its new organisational structure in Africa.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Bharti Airtel, owners of Airtel Nigeria “]Airtel adds that both Segun Ogunsanya currently MD & CEO Airtel Nigeria and Louis Lubala currently MD for DRC, will continue to lead Nigeria and DRC, the other two business units. [/blockquote]

According to Airtel, the announcement came on the heels of a new structure of Airtel’s operations in which all operating countries will now be clustered into four Strategic Business Units (SBUs) whose leaders will report to the MD & CEO, Africa with effect from April 1, this year.

Airtel further stated that VG Somasekhar has been appointed Executive Operations Director of the SBU clustering Zambia, Congo B, Malawi, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Seychelles. Somasekhar has been Managing Director for Airtel Uganda since December 2010.  

Christophe Soulet has been appointed as Executive Operations Director of the second SBU consisting of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda. Soulet has worked with Millicom as Chief Operating & Executive Officer – Tigo DRC, as Chief Executive Officer – Ghana & DRC, Chief Regional Officer – Ghana, DRC & Chad and as Chief Regional Officer – Africa.

Both Soma and Christophe will be based in Nairobi for their new assignments.

Making the announcement Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa CEO says that, “these two business leaders have distinguished themselves with their exceptional understanding of the African telecoms landscape. We will leverage their experience, leadership and understanding of the African market to accelerate our market leadership opportunities and develop team capabilities as we seek to take our brand to the next level.”

Airtel adds that both Segun Ogunsanya currently MD & CEO Nigeria and Louis Lubala currently MD for DRC, will continue to lead Nigeria and DRC, the other two business units.

Following Somasekhar appointment, Arindam Chakrabarty who is currently Chief Commercial Officer for Airtel Uganda will be acting as the Managing Director until a new Managing Director is appointed.  

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Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929

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