Airtel Kenya appoints new MD as Adil Youssefi leaves Airtel Group

After just over two and a half years, Adil Youssefi has completed his tour of duty in Kenya with Airtel and at Airtel Group as he has effectively decided to leave the India-based telecom group.

This follows yesterday’s announcement that Airtel Kenya has appointed Prasanta Das Sarma as MD, replacing Adil Youssefi who has “decided to pursue external opportunities post the completion of his contract period.”

(TOP: Adil Youssefi, outgoing MD of Airtel Kenya – right – with Isaac Mwige, MD, UBA Kenya during the launch of a virtual savings account dubbed ‘Akiba Mkononi’).

The outgoing MD, Adil Youssefi, had held the position since April 2014 and his three-year contract is set to end this year. In early January, we had reported about the uncertainty surrounding the renewal of his contract by the Airtel Kenya board.

Raghunath Mandava, MD and CEO, Airtel Africa, said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Prasanta as Managing Director for the Kenya operation. Prasanta, popularly known as PD, is a seasoned professional with over 31 years of experience in the technology sector. He has handled key assignments as well as business leadership roles with full P&L ownership. I am confident that under PD’s leadership, our plans will gather further momentum and we look forward to delivering an even better experience to millions of customers across the country.”

Prasanta joined Airtel 14 years ago in 2002 and has since served in various capacities, the most recent being as MD and CEO of Airtel Bangladesh. Prior to that, he was the Hub CEO of the Eastern Hub of Airtel’s business in India and has also served as a Vice President, Network & Customer Service. His career started in 1985 and he has primarily been involved with technology related organizations. He is a Telecom Engineer and holds an MBA in Finance.

Mandava added “Adil joined Airtel in April 2014 and has been involved in integrating Yu customers into Airtel. He has increased Airtel’s distribution and customer experience, including growing the network of our own shops. Adil also launched many innovative products that provided great value to Airtel’s customers. We would like to thank Adil for his contribution and wish PD the very best as he takes up his new role.”

Adil, who had a long stint at Tigo, joined Airtel from Tigo Ghana where he was the CEO for about two years. Prior to this, he was the GM of Tigo Chad.

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