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Airtel Uganda names new managing director as Somasekhar returns to India

Manoj Murali is the new managing director of Airtel Uganda and he takes over from V.G. Somasekhar who will be returning to India to work with Bharti Airtel Group
posted onOctober 28, 2020
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Manoj Murali is the new managing director of Airtel Uganda and he takes over from V.G. Somasekhar who will be returning to India to work with Bharti Airtel Group, the mother company.

Somasekhar, who had been here since August 2017, oversaw the company’s growth on various fronts, especially in the digital space after rolling out a countrywide 4G network.

When Airtel Uganda launched in the Ugandan market in 2010, he became the first managing director but in 2014 he was reassigned to India and he returned to the East African nation after 3 years.

The company became profitable in 2018 and it’s the second-largest telecommunications company in Uganda.

“It’s been a transformational journey since 2010. I have seen Airtel Uganda emerge as a leader, admired, and respected digital brand among consumers and all stakeholders,” the outgoing director was quoted as saying in a news release.

“I express my deepest gratitude for the support I have received from the Board, Management and Staff of Airtel Uganda, Uganda Communications Commission, Ministries and Government of Uganda.”

Raghunath Mandava, the chief executive of Airtel Africa, says Manoj has worked with the Group for several years and acquired a wealth of experience.

“Manoj has handled different roles and worked across geographies in India, the Corporate Office and the International operations of Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Channel Islands. His most recent assignment was as the Chief Executive Officer, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Prior to this he has held other roles including; Chief Operating (Executive) Officer in Rajasthan and Business Head (Chief Operating Officer) in Andhra Pradesh, amongst other positions within the system,” he said.

Manoj Murali

On his part, Manoj Murali promised to build on the momentum set by his predecessor. “I accept this responsibility with optimism, determination and confidence,” he said, according to a press statement.

“I will continue to build on the momentum Airtel is resonating so strongly in the market. I am excited to be in Uganda and look forward to disruptive and transformative approaches in the coming years.”

Manoj holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Poona, Pune.

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