Bharti airtel restructures Africa biz

airtel-kenyaBharti airtel today said it has restructured its Africa operations and made some appointments in key positions. The company said that the entire Africa operations is now devided into four strategic business units (SBUs) and each SBU head would report to Christian de Faria, MD & CEO of Airtel Africa.

VG Somasekhar who is the MD for Airtel Africa has been appointed Executive Operations Director of the SBU clustering Zambia, Congo B, Malawi, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Seychelles. Bharti airtel has elevated him to this new role considering his contribution for Airtel’s consistent growth in Uganda, the company said in a statement. For the record, Uganda is one of Airtel’s most profitable businesses in Africa.

The second appointment happened with Christophe Soulet who has been appointed as Executive Operations Director of the SBU consisting of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.  Soulet is new to Bharti board. Prior to Bharti Airtel he has worked with Millicom as CEO – Tigo DRC and as CEO – Ghana & DRC besides some other leadership roles. Whilst at Millicom, Christophe led and executed a  solid Africa strategy that resulted in high double-digit year on year revenue. He also coached and built winning leadership teams across Africa.

Segun Ogunsanya and Louis Lubala will continue to lead Nigeria and DRC, the other two business units.

Making the announcement Airtel Africa CEO Mr. Christian de Faria said: “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.”

Besides these two new appointments, 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. The position of MD becomes vacant as Somasekhar, its current MD is appointed as the SBU head of the region that includes Uganda as well.

All these appointments are effective from 1st April 2014.

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