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Bharti Airtel remoulds African operations, forms 4 SBUs: Report

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Bharti Airtel remoulds African operations, forms 4 SBUs: Report
Bharti Airtel has announced a recast of Africa operations, dividing it into four strategic business units (SBU) that will report to Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Christian de Faria from April 1, said a PTI news report.

The company elevated Managing Director for Airtel Uganda, VG Somasekhar to the post of Executive Operations Director of the SBU clustering Zambia, Congo B, Malawi, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Seychelles.

Airtel Africa has roped in Christophe Soulet as Executive Operations Director of the second SBU consisting of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.

"These two business leaders have distinguished themselves with their exceptional understanding of the African telecoms landscape. We will leverage their experience, leadership and understanding of the African market to accelerate our market leadership opportunities and develop team capabilities," de Faria said in a statement.

In the new structure of Airtel's Africa operations, all operating countries will now be clustered into four Strategic Business Units (SBUs) whose leaders will report into the MD & CEO - Africa, the statement added.

Airtel at present operates in 17 African countries and had over 63.7 million customers at the end of quarter ended March 31, 2013.

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