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Airtel makes key appoints to drive strategy in Africa

06 February 2014, 15:03 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Bharti Airtel Africa CEO, Mr. Christian de Faria has Thursday announced key appointments in its new organizational structure at Airtel Africa aimed at pursuing its growth agenda.

The announcement follows 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 into the MD & CEO – Africa with effect from 1st April 2014.

Mr. VG Somasekhar is the Executive Operations Director of the SBU clustering Zambia, Congo B, Malawi, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Seychelles.

Prior to his appointment, Somasekhar has been Managing Director for Airtel Uganda since December 2010. 

Mr. Christophe Soulet has been appointed as Executive Operations Director of the second SBU consisting of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.  He also had also served in different capacities before the appointment.

The two will be operating in Nairobi in their new assignments.

 “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,” said Airtel Africa CEO Mr. Christian de Faria.

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

Following Mr. Somasekhar appointment, Mr. 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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