Olusegun Ogunsanya, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, has been appointed as the MD/CEO of the Airtel Africa Group.
This was made know in a statement by the group on Thursday.
Ogunsanya is to succeed Raghunath Mandava, following the latter’s decision to retire.
The statement quoted Sunil Mittal, Chairman of Airtel Africa, expressed delight with the new appointment of Ogunsanya, while appreciating Mandava for transforming the group into a powerhouse telecommunications and mobile money company.
“Ogunsanya has displayed significant drive and energy in turning around the Nigeria business by focusing on network modernisation, distribution, and operational efficiency.
“It is this commitment, together with his industry experience, strategic vision, constant customer focus and proven record of delivery that will enable him to continue to deliver our strategic objectives and to lead the group in the next stages of its development.” Mittal said.
Mandava applauded Airtel for supporting him in improving the company’s fortune, and serve on the African continent.
“I am thankful to Airtel Africa for providing me and my team the opportunity to transform the business and fulfil our responsibility to the countries in which we operate. It has been a privilege to serve in the African continent and I cherish my time here,” Mandava said.
Ogunsanya appreciated the new position, saying that he felt honored as an African to lead the group.
“This is an exciting opportunity to position Airtel Africa for further success in a dynamic continent full of potential. I look forward to building on the achievements of the last five years during Raghu’s leadership,” he said.
Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 as MD/CEO Nigeria and has been responsible for the overall management of operations in Nigeria.
He has over 25 years’ business management experience in banking, consumer goods and telecoms.