Airtel appoints Nigerian Chief Executive

Nigerian to head Airtel Nigeria


Bharti Airtel International on Friday announced the appointment of a Nigerian, Segun Ogunsanya, as the Chief Executive of Airtel Nigeria.

The appointment was announced in a statement signed by Manoj Kohli, the Chief Executive of Bharti Airtel International.

Mr. Ogunsanya would on November 26 take over from Rajan Swaroop, who was at the helm in the past two years.

“I am delighted to have Segun on board and I am confident that his rich and diverse experience will add immense value to our operations in Nigeria.

“Segun’s appointment underlines Bharti Airtel’s commitment to promoting African talent and building a world-class leadership team. I wish him the very best in his new role and would also thank Rajan for his immense contribution to Airtel Nigeria,’’ he said.

The Chairman, Airtel Nigeria, Oba Otudeko, said that he looked forward to working with Ogunsanya in making Airtel the most loved brand in Nigeria.

“I am pleased at the appointment of Mr. Ogunsanya as the Chief Executive Officer. It is our resolve to continue building a robust pipeline of local talents in Nigeria as part of Bharti Airtel’s Africa Leadership Initiative.

“I have been impressed by the outstanding leadership qualities of Mr Swaroop, who has laid a solid foundation, during his tenure for the long term growth of our business. I wish him success as he moves on in the Group,’’ Mr. Otudeko said.

Mr. Ogunsanya is bringing on board some 24 years experience across diverse sectors such as Coca Cola, banking and Arthur Anderson.

In his last stint, as the CEO of Nigerian Bottling Company, he was responsible for the company’s over one billion dollar revenue operations.

A chartered accountant, Mr. Ogunsanya holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Ife, Nigeria.

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