As the largest telecoms service present in 17 African countries, Airtel has reached approximately 68.3 million customers by the end of 2013.
All countries that Airtel operates in have been clustered into four strategic business sectors under the managing director and chief executive officer for Africa. This will come into effect on 1st April this year.
With previous employment history including acting CEO of Millicom, Christophe Soulet has been appointed executive operations director of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Ghana. VG Somasekhar has been appointed executive operations director of Zambia, Congo, Malawi, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Seychelles. Since 2010, he was the managing director of Airtel Uganda and has been credited for growing the business in such a way that the Ugandan operation is one of Airtel's most profitable in Africa.
Both Somasekhar and Soulet will be based in Nairobi for their new roles. Christian de Faria, CEO for Airtel Africa is pleased with the restructure: "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."
The two other CEO's of Airtel Nigeria and DR Congo, Segun Ogunsanya and Louis Lubala, will continue in their current positions. As further largest mobile services provider in terms of customer base in the world, this is an exciting move that will affect the future of this industry giant.