Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the appointment of Anwar Soussa, as the Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, with effect from 1st June 2016. Mr. Soussa was the Managing Director for Airtel Chad since 1st May 2015.

Commenting on the appointment, outgoing MD, Tom Gutjahr said “I am confident that under Anwar’s leadership, Uganda will continue to consolidate its position while providing the best in class services to Airtel customers in Uganda. Anwar will focus on strengthening our external stakeholder relations, consolidating commercial capabilities and help build a superior network.”

Commenting on his departure, Mr. Gutjahr said he is moving to Algeria, his wife’s home country, to be closer to family and pursue a bigger career opportunity.

“This was a difficult decision for me, as it involved leaving one of the greatest teams I have ever worked with and one of the friendliest countries I have ever been to. However, I got an opportunity that I could not turn down, partly because it gave me an opportunity to work in Algeria, closer to my wife’s family and many of our friends.”

Anwar Soussa (Left) shakes hands with the out-going MD Tom Gutjahr.
Anwar Soussa (Left) shakes hands with the out-going MD Tom Gutjahr.

As the new Managing Director in Uganda, Anwar Soussa is expected to provide further impetus to Airtel’s mobile commerce services while ensuring availability of the fast growing data network and providing winning customer service support.

Anwar has had a long stint in the telecommunication industry in Africa. He joined Airtel from MTN Cyprus where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the American College of Greece and a Master of Science degree in Marketing from Concordia University, Canada.