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.
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.
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.”