Airtel Africa’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Olusegun “Segun” Ogunsanya, is retiring from the company with effect from 1 July 2024.
The company has announced that Sunil Taldar will now take over as the new CEO.
Mr. Taldar, who joined Airtel Africa in October 2023 as Director – of Transformation, will begin the transition to the role, working alongside Mr. Ogunsanya. Following a transition period, Mr. Taldar will be appointed to the Board as an Executive Director and assume the role of CEO on 1 July 2024, at which time Mr. Ogunsanya will step down from the Board and retire from the Company.
Mr. Ogunsanya joined Airtel in 2012 and ran the Nigeria Operations of the Telecommunications and mobile money company for nine years before he was appointed CEO of the Group in 2021.
Building on the work undertaken as CEO, including the launch of the Company’s first Sustainability Strategy, and given his deep experience across Africa, Airtel said in a statement that Mr. Ogunsanya will become the Airtel Africa Charitable Foundation’s inaugural Chair. Mr. Ogunsanya will also be available to advise the Chairman, the Airtel Africa Board and Chief Executive Officer for 12 months.
‘“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Segun Ogansanya for his commitment and significant contribution to Airtel Africa plc as Chief Executive and before that as Managing Director and CEO of Nigeria, our largest market in Africa.’’ Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Airtel Africa plc said.
“The Board is delighted to appoint Sunil Taldar as the Group’s next Chief Executive Officer. His industry experience, strategic vision, constant customer focus and proven delivery record will enable him to deliver our strategic objectives and lead the Group in its next development stages,’’ he added.
Segun Ogunsanya, Chief Executive said “It has been a privilege to spend over 12 years of my career at Airtel Africa and I am proud of what we have delivered for customers across Africa.’’
‘’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 as I pursue my renewed interest in the empowerment of Africans through digital and financial inclusion in a different capacity beyond the boundaries of for-profit organizations. This has been my ambition after a successful career spanning over 35 years in Banking, FMCG and Telecommunications”. He added.