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.