Airtel’s strategic DRC, Gabon Francophone appointments
Airtel has announced a series of new appointments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon aimed at boosting their Francophone abilities in the region.
The company announced on Monday that Louis Lubala and Antoine Pamboro would be the new Managing Directors of the Indian giant’s operations in the DRC and Gabon, respectively.
“The new development sees the two vastly experienced Airtel top executives, take leadership roles in two African nations with diverse potential in the telecommunications sector,” the company said in a press release naming the new chiefs.
It added that Gabon has one of the highest teledensities in Africa with over 100 percent and the DRC is the second largest country, area wise, in the continent, which they believe will help move them into a position to tackle infrastructure development and penetration with the new directors.
Speaking on the appointments, Tiemoko Coulibaly, CEO of Airtel’s Francophone Africa said: “These appointments are a clear indication of our commitment to appreciate and tap into the deep reservoir of management skills of the blue chip executive pool in Africa. Mr. Luballa and Mr. Pambaro have the requisite experience and leadership skills to successfully steer our top francophone operations.” He added: “Both executives will bring different perspectives to two ofAfrica’s most dynamic telecommunications markets.”
The company hopes that the new MD’s will help boost the company’s footprints in both countries and help to build a stronger data presence as Airtel moves forward on a number of ambitious projects to boost mobile penetration.
Airtel said that Pambaro holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Civil Engineering from the Superior National School of Telecommunications in France and a Bachelor’s degree in Math & Physics from the University of Reims.
“A career engineer, he headed operations in Airtel DRC and brings over 28 years of deep telecommunications experience in both the Public and Private Sectors. He joined the company in 2000 from MTN having had a very successful career spanning several senior leadership roles.”