Tom Gutjhar sacked as Djezzy Algeria CEO, replaced by Matthieu Galvani

Less than a year after leaving Airtel Uganda and rejoining VimpelCom as the CEO of the group’s Algeria subsidiary Djezzy, Tom Gutjhar has been relieved of his duties.

According to a statement issued from VimpelCom headquarters, the group has appointed Matthieu Galvani as the CEO of Djezzy.

(TOP: Matthieu Galvani, incoming CEO, Djezzy). 

Matthieu returned to VimpelCom in April 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer for VimpelCom’s emerging markets, which serves 95 million customers in Algeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan. He has over 16 years’ experience in senior executive roles in the industry and in the Middle East and North Africa. His previous roles include Chief Marketing & Communication Officer of KenCell in Kenya from 2000 to 2004; Chief Commercial Officer of Djezzy from 2005 to 2009; Chief Commercial Officer of Tunisie Telecom from 2009 to 2014, and Chief Commercial Officer of Zain in Saudi Arabia from 2014 to 2016.

“I am pleased to appoint Matthieu Galvani to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Djezzy. Matthieu has a deep knowledge of Algeria, the industry and the region and Djezzy will benefit significantly from his expertise as it continues with its transformation into a digital leader,” said Jon Eddy, Chairman of Global Telecom Holding and VimpelCom’s Head of Emerging Markets in the statement. “Matthieu’s first-hand experience in VimpelCom will ensure a smooth transition. I’d like to thank Tom Gutjahr for his contribution to Djezzy in advancing Djezzy’s business in Algeria, and wish him well with his future endeavors.”

Matthieu, a French national, holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics, and a post graduate degree in economics and energy from the University of Paris X.

The statement makes no mention of Tom Gutjhar, thereby making it difficult to ascertain  whether he’s left the VimpelCom Group or has been redeployed to a new role within the same company.

Gutjhar first worked for VimpelCom in various roles from 2005 to 2008 before leaving the group.

In June 2016, Airtel announced that Gutjhar had resigned from his CEO role in Uganda and was replaced by Anwar Soussa from Airtel’s Chad subsidiary. He joined the Airtel Group in August 2014 and posted to head Airtel Uganda.

VimpelCom later announced Gutjahr’s appointment as CEO of Djezzy – replacing Ghada Gebara – and charged with responsibility of “leading Djezzy’s transformation into a digital leader while leveraging the brand’s strong position in the local market.”

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