Bharti Airtel rejigs Africa operating structure

Names Raghunath Mandava as Operating Chief for African Operations

Bharti Airtel - Videocon spectrum deal
Bharti Airtel after the deal will acquire Videocon's spectrum in Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, UP (East), UP (West) and Gujarat. (Express photo)

India’s biggest telecommunications company Bharti Airtel on Tuesday rejigged its operations in Africa by naming Raghunath Mandava as the new chief operating officer, and elevating its incumbent chief executive Christian De Faria as executive chairman of a new structure to help the loss-making operations take faster decisions and compete in the market.

As per the new structure, Airtel Africa will have a new organisation team, with 15 operating countries to be divided into eight clusters, which will give better decision making authorities to its executives at the operating level, the New Delhi-based company said in a statement.

We believe we have a strong platform to accelerate our journey towards profitability and market leadership and the new cluster based organization design will provide an enabling environment to the teams,”  Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.  “We remain fully committed to Africa and will continue to invest in the growth of our operations.”

DeFaria, who is now also the managing director of Airtel Africa will continue to lead its operations and “lead all matters relating to legal, regulatory affairs, shareholders as well as Mergers & Acquisitions,” the company said.

Mandava, will relocate to Nairobi and will be fully responsible for the commercial operations, after handing over his responsibilities as director for customer experience for Bharti’s India and South Asia operations to Sarang Kanade, the current chief executive for Bharti’s operations in Delhi circle, the statement said.

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