Airtel Africa taps former Coca-Cola boss Olusegun Ogunsanya as new CEO

Airtel Africa has appointed Olusegun Ogunsanya as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, effective October 1, 2021.

“We are delighted to appoint Segun Ogunsanya as the Group’s next Chief Executive Officer.  He has displayed significant drive and energy in turning around the Nigeria business by focusing on network modernisation, distribution, and operational efficiency,” said Chairman of Airtel Africa, Sunil Bharti Mittal.

Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 as Managing Director and CEO Nigeria and has been responsible for the overall management of company operations in Nigeria, largest market in Africa.

He has more than 25 years’ business management experience in banking, consumer goods and telecoms.

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.

Ogunsanya takes over from Raghunath “Raghu” Mandava who announced his resignation from one of Africa’s largest telco.

Mr. Mandava will however avail his expertise to advise the Chairman of the Airtel Africa Board and the new Airtel Africa boss for a 9-month period.

Airtel Africa plc has a presence in 14 countries across Africa, primarily in East Africa and Central and West Africa.

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