After the announcement of the departure of their managing director Anwar Soussa in a notice shared on Aug. 09, Telecom service provider, Airtel Uganda has announced the reappointment of 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. His 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 across many geographies in India. His career highlights include running telecoms as business with end to end P&L responsibility, rich 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 & acquisitions.
He is especially remembered for leading 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 further strengthened the brand through strategic partnerships.
He holds a graduate degree in Commerce from University of Madras, Executive Education Program from Harvard Business School and Thunderbird University – Arizona.
Somasekhar is expected to continue enhancing the benefits of telecommunications services for individuals, businesses and communities in Uganda.