Airtel Africa appoints new leadership in Tanzania

Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the appointment of Sunil Colaso as the Managing Director (MD) of Airtel Tanzania with effect from March 1st 2013.

Bharti Airtel announced the appointment of Sunil Colaso as the Managing Director (MD) of Airtel Tanzania (image: file)

Speaking about the new appointment, Jayant Khosla, CEO – Airtel Africa Anglophone Region said: “Tanzania is a key market for us and our ambitious long term plans will be realized through great leadership as well as best-in-class execution.  I am therefore pleased to see Sunil Colaso coming in to take this business to the next level of success. Sunil is not just an excellent individual but brings along deep and broad experience in driving growth across Africa. His dynamism, passion, energy and focus make him the right person to meet the expectations of millions of discerning consumers in Tanzania”.

In his new role, Colaso will be responsible for strengthening Airtel Tanzania’s leadership in both network availability and quality. His mandate consists of further strengthening data and Value added service provision in line with global benchmarks and ensuring that Airtel Money becomes the preferred M-Commerce platform in the country.

Colaso, who holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Mumbai, has over 22 years of experience in marketing, distribution and sales. Prior to this appointment, he has been the Director for Marketing and Distribution across 17 countries in Africa. Before joining Airtel Africa, Sunil acted as Managing Director for Warid in Uganda.

Colaso takes over from Sam Elangalloor, who has successfully led the operations at Airtel Tanzania for the past couple of years.  Sam, who joined Airtel Tanzania in July 2010, has built a strong team in Tanzania which has put in place systems and processes for driving sustainable, profitable growth. Sam will return to India to take up another assignment at the end of April 2013 after a smooth hand-over.

Sam’s key achievements include building the best network in Tanzania, building significant traction with Airtel Money within a very short time and a very successful 3.75G launch. During his tenure, Mr. Elangalloor has been instrumental in fostering cordial relationships between Airtel, its stakeholders and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Commenting on Elangalloor, Mr. Khosla said: “I wish to thank Sam for his great contribution to the Tanzanian business; he has laid a solid foundation for the long term growth of the business and will be remembered by the team in Tanzania for his inspiring leadership.”

Staff writer