Airtel Africa COO Rahgunath Mandava elevated as MD, CEO


NEW DELHI: Telecom operator Bharti Airteltoday announced top level changes for its African operations by promoting Chief Operating Officer Raghunath Mandava as Managing Director and CEO of Airtel Africa.

“Raghunath Mandava, who is currently the Chief Operating Officer – Airtel Africa, will take over as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Airtel Africa with effect from January 1, 2017,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Mandava joined Airtel Africa as Chief Operating Officer in July, 2016. He will be a permanent invitee to the Board of Bharti Airtel, representing Airtel Africa.

Christian Defaria, Executive Chairman, Airtel Africa has been designated as Chairman, Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV, which manages African operations, with effect from January 1, 2017.

“Christian will ensure smooth handing over of all operational matters to Raghu, and will continue to support Raghu and the team on Regulatory, Government and Shareholder matters,” the statement said.

Raghu joined Airtel in 2003 and has served as Director – Operations (India), Chief Marketing Officer (India), CEO – Rajasthan Circle (India) and COO – Tamil Nadu Circle (India).
Prior to joining Airtel, Raghu worked in Unilever in several sales and marketing roles.