Sunil Taldar to succeed Segun Ogunsanya as CEO of Airtel Africa in July 2024

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January 3, 2024
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L-R: Sunil Taldar, new Airtel Africa CEO; Segun Ogunsanya, outgoing CEO
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  • Segun Ogunsanya, who has been the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa since 2021, will step down on July 1, 2024.
  • Sunil Taldar, who became Director of Transformation for the Africa Group in October 2023, will assume the roles of Managing Director and Chief Executive of the company. 
  • Ogunsanya, who joined the telco in 2012, will assume a new role as the inaugural Chair of the Airtel Africa Charitable Foundation, which will operate independently of the Airtel Africa Group and be a distinct legal entity.

Per the company, the Foundation will advance financial inclusion, educational access, digital inclusion, and environmental protection. 

Airtel Africa is an African telecommunications and mobile money provider that operates in 14 countries, mainly in East, Central, and West Africa.

Boasting over 25 years of experience managing businesses in the banking, consumer goods, and telecommunications industries, Ogunsanya has focused on network modernisation, distribution, and operational efficiency. His efforts have been instrumental in revitalising the largest market in Africa, Nigeria. 

He has also led Airtel Africa's expansion and growth in other markets, such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. Under his leadership, Airtel Africa has expanded its revenue, profitability, customer base, and market share. It has also launched innovative products and services such as Airtel TV, Airtel Money, and Airtel Business.

Before being appointed the Group's Chief Executive Officer in 2021, Ogunsanya oversaw the telecom and mobile money company's Nigerian operations for nine years.

The news of Taldar's appointment coincides with the company's continuous attempts to innovate and adjust to the ever-changing African telecom market.

Taldar has over 30 years of experience managing businesses in the FMCG and telecommunications industries. He was on the Bharti Airtel Management Board for 15 years as Director of Market Operations.

‘His industry experience, strategic vision, constant customer focus and proven record of delivery will enable him to deliver our strategic objectives and to lead the group in the next stages of its development,’ Airtel Africa Chair Sunil Mittal said in a statement (pdf).

In the interim, Ogunsanya will keep working for the company, spending a year as an advisor to the chairman, the Airtel Africa Board, and the new CEO. 

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