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Bharti Airtel Announces Strategic Organisation Changes For Future Growth

  • ● Creates International Business Group for enhanced focus on international expansion beyond India and South Asia
  • ● Manoj Kohli to head the International Business Group and lead Airtel’s global foray as CEO (International) & Joint MD
  • ● Sanjay Kapoor promoted to CEO, Bharti Airtel (India and South Asia) to consolidate Airtel’s leadership position

New Delhi, January 13, 2010: Bharti Airtel Limited, one of Asia’s leading telecom services provider, today announced strategic organisational changes with the objective to enhance its focus on expanding operations to international markets beyond India and South Asia and further consolidate its leadership position in India.

The company announced the creation of a new, empowered and dedicated International Business Group that will be responsible for expanding the company’s operations beyond India and South Asia region. Manoj Kohli, who is currently the CEO (India and South Asia) & Joint MD of the company, will head the International Business Group as CEO (International) & Joint MD and will continue to be a member of the Bharti Airtel Board. The International Business Group will comprise a team of seasoned and experienced professionals, including from within the Bharti group, from areas such as Business Development, Networks & IT, SCM, Project and Performance Excellence, Brand and Customer Experience.

Sanjay Kapoor, currently the Deputy CEO of the company, will be elevated to the position of CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel. Sanjay would have end-to-end responsibility of leading India and South Asia businesses 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 value and leadership depth.

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said, “The next phase of our journey is set to be another game changer – requiring superior thrust and focused leadership. We continue to win in the 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 the South Asia.”

“Bharti Airtel has one of the finest management teams in the country and a strong leadership pipeline. This new structure will leverage our management depth and build a strong platform for fulfilling our global vision. Manoj and Sanjay, are amongst the finest professionals in telecom industry not just in India but across the world and have contributed immensely to the success of Bharti Airtel. I wish both of them the very best for their new assignments.” added Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal.

Both Manoj and Sanjay will report to Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Airtel. The new organisation structure is effective 01 April 2010.

About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among Asia’s leading integrated telecom services providers with operations in India and Sri Lanka. The company had an aggregate of over 118 million customers as of end November 2009, including 116.01 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by Business Week.

Bharti Airtel is structured as four strategic business units - Mobile, Telemedia, Enterprise and Digital TV. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband, IPTV and telephone services in 95 Indian cities. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. The Digital TV business provides Direct-to-Home TV services across India. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s national high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 113,326 Rkms covering all the major cities in India. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai, that connect two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit