Airtel Africa Plc has appointed Olusegun Ogunsanya as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1st October, 2021.
Ogunsanya, who is the Airtel Nigeria CEO, will replace Raghu Mandava, who will be retiring as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Director of Airtel Africa plc, and as a member of the Market Disclosure Committee on 30th September 2021.
“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. Airtel Africa is a remarkable business with fantastic people. Having been at Bharti Airtel for 13 years and at Airtel Africa for five years as Chief Executive Officer, I feel now is the right time to take a sabbatical,” said Mandava in a statement.
Ogunsanya will oversee the telco company’s operations in 14 African countries, including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and DRC.
He joined Airtel Africa in 2012 as Managing Director and CEO Nigeria and has been responsible for the overall management of Airtel operations in Nigeria, Airtel’s largest market in Africa. He has over 25 years’ business management experience in banking, consumer goods, and telecoms.
“Having been part of the Airtel Africa journey for the past nine years, I am looking forward to taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer. On a personal note, as an African, I feel honoured to have the opportunity to lead a group that continues to make a difference to millions of people, bridge the digital divide and expand financial inclusion. 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.
Before joining Airtel in 2012, he 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 a chartered accountant,