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Airtel Africa CEO to Retire   

Airtel Africa plc has announced a significant leadership transition as Chief Executive Officer, Olusegun “Segun” Ogunsanya, is set to retire effective July 1st, 2024. 

Mr. Ogunsanya, who has been with Airtel since 2012 and led the Nigeria Operations for nine years before becoming the Group CEO in 2021, played a pivotal role in maintaining double-digit revenue growth and introducing innovative products across the continent.

Mr. Ogunsanya will leave a lasting impact on Airtel Africa as he assumes the role of the inaugural Chair of the Airtel Africa Charitable Foundation. Leveraging his extensive experience and local knowledge, he will focus on sustainability initiatives, digital inclusion, financial inclusion, access to education, and environmental protection.

Expressing his gratitude and reflecting on his time with Airtel, Mr. Ogunsanya stated, “Now is the right time for me to hand over to a new leader who can build on Airtel Africa’s strengths and deliver on the significant opportunities ahead.” He aims to pursue a renewed interest in empowering Africans through digital and financial inclusion in a different capacity.

The Airtel Africa Charitable Foundation, under Mr. Ogunsanya’s leadership, will accelerate the company’s commitment to philanthropic initiatives, advancing development and prosperity across Africa.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Airtel Africa plc, acknowledged Mr. Ogunsanya’s contributions and expressed gratitude for his commitment to Airtel Africa. Mr. Mittal looks forward to Mr. Ogunsanya’s leadership in the charitable foundation and wished him the very best in his retirement.

In the wake of Mr. Ogunsanya’s retirement, Airtel Africa has appointed Sunil Taldar as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Taldar, who joined Airtel Africa in October 2023 as Director of Transformation, will work alongside Mr. Ogunsanya during the transition period. Following this, Mr. Taldar will officially assume the role of CEO on July 1st, 2024.

Mr. Mittal expressed confidence in Mr. Taldar’s ability to lead Airtel Africa in the next stages of its development. “His industry experience, strategic vision, constant customer focus, and proven record of delivery will enable him to deliver our strategic objectives,” said Mr. Mittal.

Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services across 14 countries in Africa, will navigate this leadership transition with a focus on continuity and strategic growth.

Source: Malawi24

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