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Airtel
Kenya has appointed Shivan Bhargava as new head for her Kenya’s
operation as immediate former MD Rene Meza moves to head Vodacom
Tanzania.
Mr
Bhargava who recently joined the telecommunications company as Chief
Operating Officer will assume the responsibility of running the
complete operation in Kenya.


Vodacom
announced on Monday the appointment of Mr Meza as Managing Director
for Vodacom Tanzania.
Until
his appointment, Mr Meza was Director of Bharti Airtel’s Kenya
operations. According to a dispatch from Vodacom, Rene joins the
company with over 12 years of international experience in
telecommunications across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
We’re
very excited to have Rene joining the team. He brings a wide range of
experience from emerging markets as diverse as Paraguay, Pakistan and
Kenya. He was also previously CEO for Millicom’s (Tigo) operations
in Tanzania which means that he’ll be up and running in this new
role very quickly,” said Vodacom CEO for international operations
Mr Johan Dennelind.
Rene
replaces Dietlof Mare, who had requested to change roles after
spending almost five years in Tanzania.
Under
Dietlof’s direction, Vodacom Tanzania has grown considerably. It’s
now our second largest operation outside South Africa and has over
nine million customers. Dietlof has led the business admirably and
has been instrumental in the implementation of M-Pesa and other
initiatives that have placed the company well for the future,”
added Mr Dennelind.
Who
is Mr Bhargava?
Before
his appointment as Airtel Kenya Chief operating Office, Mr Bhargava
was part of the Bharti Airtel Group since 2003.
In
a release to newsrooms on Monday, Michael Okwiri Vice President,
Corporate Communications Airtel Africa said Mr Bhargava will be
tasked with the role of leading Airtel Kenya to achieving the Group’s
vision and managing its operations.
“He
has a proven track record in Commercial Operations for more than 16
years in Coca-Cola and Airtel. Mr. Bhargava has a broad educational
background in both technical and marketing, with a Bachelor of
Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering, coupled with post
graduate qualifications in Business Management, specialized in
Marketing,” reads the release in part.
Airtel
Kenya is the second largest mobile phone operator in Kenya offering
its services to more than 3 million customers in the country.
Bharti
Airtel is currently operating in 16 African markets after acquiring
Zain Group in June last year and rebranding to Airtel.
Airtel
has launched its mobile money platform, Airtel Money, strengthening
its commitment to provide affordable and innovative solutions to all.
The platform allows consumers and communities to take maximum
advantage of the mobile commerce reality sweeping through the
industry by enabling them to conduct a wide range of financial
transactions quickly and easily across all Kenyan Mobile Networks.
Vodacom
Group Limited (Vodacom) is an African mobile communications company
providing voice, messaging, data and converged services to more than
40 million customers.
Vodacom
is majority owned by Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile
communications company by revenue, and is listed on the JSE Limited
under the symbol VOD.


Source: Business Daily

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