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Bharti Airtel announces the appointment of Gopal Vittal as Group Director - Special Projects

New Delhi, February 2, 2012: Bharti Airtel Limited ("Airtel"), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the appointment of Gopal Vittal as Group Director - Special Projects with effect from April 3, 2012.

Gopal will be responsible for formulating and supporting Airtel’s international strategy and building a world-class data business. In order to have a deeper understanding of various facets of the business, including data, in the international context, Gopal will spend the first year with SingTel in their Singapore and Australia operations.

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Airtel said, "We are delighted to have Gopal back at Airtel. Given our global aspirations and a fast evolving mobile telephony landscape led by explosive growth of data services, we are preparing a strong platform for the next phase of our growth. I believe Gopal’s rich experience will add immense value to Airtel’s future plans and I wish him success in his new assignment."

Gopal will join Airtel from Hindustan Unilever, where he was heading the US$3.5bn Home and Personal Care Division. He brings with him very rich experience in areas of business building, marketing, distribution and new product development that he has acquired as a result of various global and national responsibilities that he has held at Unilever.

He previously worked with Airtel as Director - Marketing from 2006 to 2008 and made significant contribution towards driving revenue growth and market leadership. In addition, he helped build Airtel as an iconic brand.

About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India the Company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G mobile services, fixed line and DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprises services and NLD/ILD services. In the rest of the geographies it offers 2G, 3G mobile voice services. Bharti Airtel had over 243 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2011. To know more please visit,