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Airtel Announces leadership transitions In Kenya & Seychelles

by Caroline Vutagwa
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 Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has announced the appointments of Adil El Youssefi as Managing Director for Airtel Kenya and Amadou Dina as Managing Director for Seychelles. Both appointments are effective from the 15th of April 2014. 

Youssefi joins Airtel from the Millicom group in Ghana where he has been the General Manager since June 2012. He joined the Millicom Group in 2008 as Senior Advisor to the Chief Officer Asia in Sri Lanka.  In 2009, he joined the Group’s operations in Chad as deputy general manager and was appointed general manager one year later. Prior to joining Millicom, Youssefi worked for British Telecommunications and Philips Consumer Electronics. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and an M. Sc. in Engineering from ENSEIRB in Bordeaux, France.

Adil takes over from Shivan Bhargava, who has turned around the Kenya operation into a profitable business over the last three years. He will be continuing in the role until he hands over to Youssefi.

Amadou Dina has been with Airtel for the last eight years. He has been the Finance Director of Airtel Malawi and most recently the acting Managing Director for Malawi. Dina has had successful stints in Tanzania and the DRC, before becoming Finance Director in Airtel Madagascar then moving to Malawi as Finance Director for Airtel Malawi. He holds a Masters in Financial Management and Higher Degree in accounting from the University of Pierre Mendes Grenoble in France.

Amadou takes over from Vikram Sinha, who has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Airtel in Congo Brazzaville.

Airtel’s CEO for Africa Christian de Faria, welcomed El Youssefi and Dina on board, saying: “We have every confidence that both Adil and Amadou are the right people to lead the Company’s quest for further growth in Kenya and the Seychelles at this juncture. Adil has the experience gained in both emerging and developed markets, coupled with the technical background that will help steer the operation in Kenya through the rapidly evolving telecom landscape. Amadou will leverage his deep financial skills as well as strong commercial acumen to fast-track Seychelles’ profitable growth, whilst building the team’s capabilities. I would like to congratulate both Adil and Amadou on these appointments and would like to sincerely thank Shivan for his contribution and dedication to our business in Africa.”

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