Airtel further strengthens its global management team in Africa.


  • Group appoints  top executives with global networks technology and internal assurance expertise
  • Appointments will add impetus to Bharti Airtel leadership team to offer unrivalled services on the continent

Nairobi 1st November 2010 – In its continued quest to offer world class telecommunications services in Africa, Bharti Airtel has today announced the appointment of two executives to steer its network and internal assurance functions across 16 countries in Africa.

Ms. Tay Kim Lee joins the group as the Director of Internal Assurance whilst Mr. Eben Albertyn will take up the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) role.

The two new appointees bring a wealth of experience gained in top management levels from various organizations across the globe.  Their appointments are in tandem with Airtel’s goal to connect communities across Africa by providing affordable and innovative mobile solutions to all.

Ms. Lee has a wealth of experience in the financial and telecommunications sector with organizations such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Singapore International Group (SingTel), a strategic partner of Bharti Airtel.

Her tenure at PwC saw her provide leadership in critical assurance; risk based financial audits and operational reviews for large corporations such as Compaq Asia, NEC, Fuji Xerox and Globe Telecom, among others.

Her last position at SingTel International saw her drive the group’s international strategic plans and individual initiatives that drew synergies among the group’s operators whilst ensuring a common and collaborative execution platform.  She is recognized as guiding SingTel’s successful operations and new business development initiatives in the Asian telecommunications market.

Mr. Eben Albertyn, an engineer by training, brings to Airtel a deep understanding of the dynamics of the African telecommunications sector, having worked with a leading pan-African operator across the continent.  Notably, he has been credited with offering leadership to technical teams in Ghana and Cameroon that led to the turning around of businesses through vast improvements in network quality.  As Chief Technical Officer spearheading network design, he provided the technical expertise in developing, modeling and implementing Africa’s first IP 3G/HSPA network in Ghana.

Speaking about the appointments, Mr. Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, said:  “Our intention to provide affordable and innovative mobile solutions in Africa will be backed by the passion and wealth of experience from the leadership team we are attracting and nurturing.  Today’s appointments are a testament of our commitment towards the goal of providing unrivalled telecommunications services and building a world class organization in Africa”.

“The two new leaders, Kim and Eben, will definitely add impetus to our leadership team, having gained high level global experience in diverse markets in Asia and Africa.  Their expertise will also tap into existing talent and create the skills within their teams, which all successful brands require.”

The two roles will provide an important fulcrum in Airtel’s business as they revolve around ensuring a successful business model on the back of a world-class network infrastructure.  The incoming Chief Technical Officer will be charged with instituting and maintaining a robust network enhancement plan in line with the next evolution in network systems.

As Internal Assurance Director Ms. Lee will play an important role in enhancing the control environment and corporate governance processes whilst identifying opportunities and implementing action plans to ensure efficiency of services.

Bharti Airtel has operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.


About Bharti Airtel Limited.

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.  The company offers mobile voice & data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, IPTV, DTH, turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national & international long distance services to carriers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek.  Bharti Airtel had over 191 million customers across its operations at the end of September 2010. To know more visit www.airtel.in

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