Telkom Kenya has appointed Sundararaman Pattabiraman, Safaricom’s Head of Finance, Planning and Analysis, as its Chief Finance Officer as the firm mulls a great come back as Kenya’s biggest telco before its fall.

Prior to his erstwhile position at Safaricom Limited, Mr. Pattabiraman was a Director of the Board and Chief Financial Officer at Essar Telecom Kenya Limited and also a Chief Controller at Bharti Airtel Limited. He also held senior positions at Hutchison Essar (Now Vodafone India) and Gillette and TVS Electronics.

A career accountant, Mr. Pattabiraman joins recently appointed Kris Senanu and John Barorot, MD, Enterprise Division Chief Technical and Information Officer from Internet Solutions Kenya and Safaricom respectively.

Bringing aboard over 22 years’ experience, in Africa and Asia, 16 of which have been in the telcom sector, Mr. Pattabiraman, has a solid track-record in strategic performance and building robust operations across reputable telecoms and FMCGs.

“I am extremely pleased to have Mr. Pattabiraman lead our Finance functions and serve as our Chief Finance Officer,” says CEO, Telkom Kenya, Aldo Mareuse.  “Mr. Pattabiraman has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader with a proven track record. He has a strong knowledge of the Kenyan telecommunications market and has broad experience from both the market leader and challenger.”

In his previous roles, Mr. Pattabiraman was a key architect in executing the complex Merger & Acquisition process between Essar Telecom, Safaricom and Airtel and in securing USD200m and USD50m medium and short term loans for Essar from a consortium of lenders.

He holds a B.Com from the University of India, Madras and Chartered Accountancy qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is also a Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and a Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.  He has also taken a Senior Management Program from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Mr. Pattabiraman succeeds François Bresson who resigned from the company.