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Bharti Enterprises appoints Rahul Bhatnagar as MD & CFO

New Delhi, July 8, 2015: Bharti Enterprises (“Bharti”), one of India’s leading business groups, today announced the appointment of Rahul Bhatnagar as Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer. He will report to Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises.

Rahul takes over from Manoj Kohli, who has assumed the role of Executive Chairman, SBG Cleantech – a JV between SoftBank, Bharti and Foxconn for renewable energy. In his new role, Rahul will build strategic business value proposition for Bharti’s non-telecom businesses. He will be responsible for further strengthening the financial management processes and governance of these businesses and also lead new business development for the group.

Commenting on the appointment, Sunil Bharti Mittal said, “We are delighted to have Rahul on board. Bharti has always attracted the best of talent and I am confident that Rahul’s vast experience will add immense value to Bharti’s emerging business portfolio. I wish him the very best for his new role.”

Rahul is a CA from ICAI and an MBA from Wharton. He brings with him over 35 years of rich global experience spread across diverse industries. His experience spans Business Strategy and Execution, Financial Management and Controls, M&A, Taxation, Treasury, Marketing Intelligence and IT

His last assignment was with PepsiCo, where he worked for over 19 years in various senior level positions across geographies. He was the CFO for the India business (1996 to 2003), CFO - Beverages and Snacks businesses for the APAC Region (2003 to 2009), and most recently he was VP - Business Services & CFO for WorldWide Flavors business for Ireland (2009 to 2015).

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Rahul was CFO for Seagram India (1994 to 1996) and before that he was the Financial Controller for Nestle India. He started his career as a Consultant with AF Ferguson and also worked with Touche Ross Consulting in the US.

About Bharti Enterprises:

Bharti Enterprises is one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri business, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Bharti has been a pioneering force in the Indian telecom sector with many firsts and innovations to its credit. Bharti Airtel Limited, the group's flagship company, is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. The Company ranks amongst the top third mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

Other business ventures of the group include Bharti SoftBank - a JV between Bharti Enterprises and SoftBank Corp. for mobile internet. Beetel Teletech – a JV between Bharti Enterprises and US based Brightstar, is India’s leading manufacturer and distributor of telecom and allied products. The group has a JV – FieldFresh Foods – with Del Monte Pacific Ltd, to offer fresh and processed fruits and vegetables in the domestic as well as international markets. Bharti has JVs with AXA, world leader in financial protection and wealth management, for Life Insurance and General Insurance. The group has presence in the retail sector through Bharti Retail which operates multi brand retail stores in various formats under the ‘easyday’ brand.