Mr. Olusegun Ogunsanya has formally assumed his role as the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa Plc.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the leading telecommunication firm, which stated that his role became effective from October 1, 2021. He took over from Mr. Raghunath Mandava, whose tenure formally ended on September 30, 2021.
Excerpts of the notice released by the telecommunication giant and made available on the website of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), read thus: ‘’ Airtel Africa plc, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, announces that further to the Company’s appointment of Olusegun “Segun” Ogunsanya, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Segun has begun his new role as at 1 October 2021 and joined the Board of Airtel Africa plc.’’
Recall that Airtel Africa Plc had earlier in April announced the appointment of Mr Segun Ogunsanya as the new MD/CEO of the Company. The notice stated that Ogunsanya who was then the CEO of Airtel Nigeria would join the Board of the parent company with effect from October 1, 2021.
Commenting on his resumption and his vision for the company, Mr Segun said: ‘’I am looking forward to building on the solid foundations the Group has established for future sustainable growth across Africa. Moving forward, we will invest even more in our network and distribution channels to serve the communities where we operate. By doing this, we will continue to sustainably bridge the digital divide, expand financial inclusion and meet the evolving needs of our customers.’’
About Segun Ogunsanya
Segun is a chartered accountant and an electronics engineer. He was previously Managing Director and CEO of Airtel Nigeria and was responsible for the overall management of the operations in the Company’s largest market. He has more than 25 years of working experience that spans business management, banking, consumer goods and telecoms. Before joining Airtel in 2012, Segun held leadership roles at Coca-Cola in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya (as MD and CEO). He has also been the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (Coca-Cola Hellenic owned) and Group head of retail banking operations at Ecobank Transnational Inc, covering 28 countries in Africa.