Bharti airtel brings Manoj Kohli back to India

Indian telecom behemoth Bharti Airtel today decided to bring back Manoj Kohli to India. Kohli, the joint managing director of Bharti Airtel is in charge of the company’s international operations, that include Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Kohli would be relocating to India effective January 1, 2014, the company said in a statement.

The company, however, said that Kohli would continue to lead Airtel’s international operations and be providing governance oversight to Airtel Africa, Airtel Bangladesh and Airtel Sri Lanka. “Manoj would also lead strategic issues such as in-market consolidation via M&A, key matters relating to Towerco, global partnerships, global sourcing from key Partners and strategic Regulatory aspects,” the statement added.

Additionally, Manoj will be responsible for the Business Development / M&A function for the telecom business and be involved with the group strategic matters. Manoj will continue his position on the Boards of Bharti Airtel International Netherlands B.V. and Airtel Networks Ltd, Nigeria.

This move is seen as a remedy for Bharti airtel’s dismal financial performance over the last two years. The company’s net profit has been going down for 14 quarters in a row. Industry experts believe, and also have suggested in the past, that the company should bring back Manoj Kohli to India to look after the domestic operations, besides his international responsibilities.

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