Bharti rejigs top management; Kohli to oversee global foray

Bharti rejigs top management; Kohli to oversee global foray


Manoj Kohli, CEO, Bharti Airtel

The company also elevated Deputy CEO Sanjay Kapoor to the post of CEO.
The move is aimed at enhancing its focus on expanding operations in international markets beyond India and South Asia and to further consolidate its leadership position in India, the company said in a statement.

"The next phase of our journey is set to be another game changer -- requiring superior thrust and focused leadership. We continue to win in Indian telecom market, which is going through a phase of hyper competition. At the same time, we will be developing comprehensive plans for our journey to cover emerging markets beyond India and South Asia," Bharti Airtel Chairman and MD Sunil Mital said.

The new organisation structure will be effective from April, this year.
The strategic rejig came a day after it agreed to buy majority 70 per cent stake in Warid Telecom of Bangladesh for USD 300 million.
Airtel has also announced creation of a new dedicated International Business Group that will be responsible for expanding the company's operations beyond India and South Asia region, the statement said.

Kohli will lead the International Business Group as the CEO and MD and will continue to be a member of Bharti Airtel board, the statement added.
In his new role, Kapoor would be responsible of leading India and South Asia business of Bharti Airtel and will drive growth and business synergies in mobile services, telemedia services, enterprise services and DTH.

He will lead Bharti Airtel towards strengthening its position as a benchmark in innovative practices, brand leadership, operational efficiency, customer values and leadership depth.
"Bharti Airtel is one of the finest management teams in the country and a strong leadership pipeline. This structure will leverage our management depth and build a strong platform for fulfilling our global vision, Mittal added.
Both Kapoor and Kohli will report to Sunil Mittal.

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