Airtel Africa announces Olusegun “Segun” Ogunsanya, MD & CEO Nigeria is to succeed Raghunath “Raghu” Mandava, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer/Photo: Airtel Africa

Airtel Africa appoints Nigerian as its new Chief Executive

Airtel Africa has appointed Segun Ogunsanya as its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The development follows the retirement of Raghunath Mandava as the company’s MD and CEO.

“Segun has more than 25 years business management experience in banking, consumer goods, and telecoms,” the telecom firm noted in a statement on Thursday.

An electronics engineer, and a chartered account, Ogunsanya will join the board of Airtel Africa PLC with effect from 1 October 2021.

“Arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities,” Airtel Africa, a leading operator of affordable and innovative mobile service in 14 African countries, added.

Ogunsanya is currently the Managing Director and CEO of Airtel Nigeria. He has over 26 years’ business management experience garnered across multiple geographies (including Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria), organisations and diverse sectors, including in consultancy, banking, fast-moving consumer goods and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Airtel, Ogunsanya served as the managing director for Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (Coca-Cola Hellenic owned bottling operation), CEO for Coca-Cola Sabco in Kenya, Group Head of Retail Banking operations of Ecobank Transnational Inc. covering 28 countries in Africa and various other roles in Coca-Cola in Ghana, the United States and Nigeria.

Ogunsanya is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Ife, Nigeria.

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