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Segun Ogunsanya officially takes over as Airtel Africa New CEO

Olusegun “Segun” Ogunsanya, has officially taken over as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Airtel Africa.

The African arm of India’s Bharti Airtel appointed Segun back in May 2021. His appointment followed the retirement of Raghunath Mandava, the company’s former CEO.

Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 and has retained his MD role throughout his nine-year tenure. He was also leading Airtel Nigeria, the company’s largest African market, from the get-go.

Segun officially took over his new role on 1 October 2021 and also joined the Board of Airtel Africa.

He has more than 25 years of business management experience in 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. He is an electronics engineer and also a chartered accountant.

“I am looking forward to building on the solid foundations the Group has established for future sustainable growth across Africa. ” Segun Ogunsanya, said.

”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,” he added.

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