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New Airtel CEO for Africa

29 August 2013, 07:33Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Bharti Airtel, the mobile network operator, announced a strategic change in its Africa operation with the appointment of Christian de Faria as new Chief Executive Officer.

De Faria, a former staff member of MTN replaces Manoj Kohli, who  has led Airtel’s African operations for the past three years.

A statement by Bharti Airtel  said that the changeover will be a phase one, with de Faria joining Airtel Africa in mid-September, initially in charge of Anglophone operations.

The statement said De Faria will take overall responsibility from January 2014.

De Faria  has over 30 years experience which includes spells with MTN, Telekom Malaysia and Deutsche Telekom. Most recently he worked at MTN where his responsibilities included health initiatives.

"Kohli will continue to lead Airtel’s international operations and provide governance oversight to Airtel Africa, Airtel Bangladesh and Airtel Sri Lanka”, the statement said.

His other responsibilities will include leading on strategic issues such as M&A, matters relating to Towerco and global partnerships.

- CAJ News



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