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Airtel Africa announces new CEO as Olusegun Ogunsanya retires

Airtel Africa announced on Wednesday, January 3rd 2024 that Chief Executive Officer Olusegun Ogunsanya will be retiring effective July 1st 2024

Yesterday, Airtel Africa Plc announced the retirement of its Chief Executive Officer, Olusegun Ogunsanya, and the appointment of his replacement, Sunil Talda, effective July 1, 2024. Ogunsanya, who joined Airtel in 2012, was in charge of Nigeria’s regional operations of the telco and mobile money company for nine years before he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2021.

Pictures of Sunil Taldar and Olusegun Ogunsanya|Source: Techpoint

His successor, Sunil Taldar, is an alumnus of Delhi University and worked as a general manager with Cadbury India before moving to Cadbury China, where he headed Mondelez Indonesia. He joined the Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel in 2016 as a director of direct-to-home business.

Sunil Taldar joined Airtel Africa in October 2023 as Director of Transformation. Before his appointment with Airtel Africa, Sunil Taldar was the Director of Market Operations at Bharti Airtel, the controlling entity in Airtel Africa.

Speaking on the development, the Chairman of Airtel Africa Plc, Sunil Bharti Mittal, said: "On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Segun Ogansanya for his commitment and significant contribution to Airtel Africa plc as Chief Executive and before that as Managing Director and CEO of Nigeria, our largest market in Africa".

For now, Sunil Talda will begin transitioning to the CEO role, working alongside Ogunsanya. Following a transition period, Taldar will be appointed to the Board as an Executive Director and assume the CEO role on  July 1, 2024. At that time, Ogunsanya will step down from the Board and retire from the Company.