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Airtel Uganda MD Anwar Soussa Resigns

Outgoing Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Anwar Soussa, handing over a dummy passport to Gabon to the lucky winner in a recent sports promotion
Outgoing Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Anwar Soussa, handing over a dummy passport to Gabon to the lucky winner in a recent sports promotion

Airtel Uganda’s Managing Director, Anwar Soussa, has left his job.

Officials told ChimpReports on Wednesday that Anwar, who had served for only a year as MD, obtained a “better offer” and decided to move on.

The telecom’s publicist, Faith Bagonzi told that Anwar had made a “personal decision” to leave the telecom.

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She was quick to add that Anwar leaves the company same way he came in – “on a high note.”

But the departure also comes at a time of increased public complaints about the service, especially data usage.

Soussa will be replaced by Mr. VG Somasekhar, who is currently serving in the role of Director – Special Projects, Airtel Africa.

Soussa joined Airtel Uganda in June 2016 and under his leadership, the telecom has won a number of accolades including Best performing OpCo in Africa, Best OpCo in data growth and Best OpCo in distribution excellence at the 2017 Dubai Conclave.

In a statement, Airtel Uganda said the MD’s “departure comes as a result of a personal decision to take up a new and exciting opportunity outside Airtel.”

Somasekhar began his career in Modi Xerox and in his eleven-year tenure he held various responsibilities in India.

New Airtel MD, VG Somasekhar

New Airtel MD, VG Somasekhar

According to Airtel, the new boss’ career highlights include running telecoms as business with end to end P&L responsibility, experience of emerging markets across India, Africa and exposure to Middle East where he has managed business cycles of start-up, scale-up, transformation and mergers and acquisitions.

In Uganda, Somasekhar led Airtel Uganda from December 2010 to February 2014, during which period he oversaw the Airtel-Warid merger – the first telecom merger in Uganda and the most successful one across Africa.

He holds a graduate degree in Commerce from University of Madras, Executive Education Program from Harvard Business School and Thunderbird University – Arizona.

Officials expect Somasekhar to “enhance the benefits of telecommunications services for individuals, businesses and communities in Uganda.”

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