Bhargava appointed Airtel Kenya Managing Director

September 6, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, People, Top Stories

Shivan Bhargava has been appointed Airtel Kenya Managing Director, replacing Rene Meza who resigned to join Vodacom Tanzania in the same capacity. Bhargava was the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, a position he occupied until his appointment.

In a statement, Airtel Kenya said: “Shavana Bhargava who recently joined as Chief Operating Officer for Airtel Kenya will assume the responsibility of running the complete operation in Kenya, as Rene Meza moves on to pursue other career interests outside Airtel.”

Airtel is confident that the new CEO will drive the company towards achieving its goals in the market. “Bhargava has a proven track record in commercial operations for more than 16 years in coca-cola and Airtel,” said the statement.

Vodacom, majority owned by Vodafone who are also a majority shareholder in Safaricom said in a statement that Vodacom CEO for International Operations, Johan Dennelind, has confirmed the appointment of Meza to replace Dietlof Mare, who had requested a change of roles after spending almost five years in Tanzania.

Brian Adero

  • Guest

    Everyone is leaving Airtel…even the customers. It is purely and simply down to Indian Management techniques….everything should be low cost without any regard for quality of service. Its all about squeezing every penny out of the customer and retaining as much as possible back to Head office. They have huge debts to pay and i can bet you the new CEO is probably 50% cheaper in costs than the old CEO

  • Guest

    I totally agree with the first comment posted here. I have been a die-hard loyalist myself of Kencell/Celtel/Zain despite all the name/management changes but since Airtel took over its basically going to the dogs. Very disappointing.
    They fail to understand that you need to spend money to make money esp here in Kenya – Indian business techniques will only give (extremely) short term benefits – but in the long term could end up collapsing the company.

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