Airtel Uganda Managing Director Anwar Soussa has resigned from his job after just one year in office, and will be replaced by Mr. VG Somasekhar, who is currently serving in the role of Director – Special Projects, Airtel Africa.
Somasekhar is especially remembered for leading Airtel Uganda from December 2010 to February 2014, during which period he oversaw the Airtel-Warid merger – the first telecom merger in Uganda and the most successful one across Africa.
Somasekhar began his career in Modi Xerox and in his eleven-year tenure he held various responsibilities across many geographies in India.
His career highlights include running telecoms in emerging markets across India, Africa and exposure to Middle East.
Somasekhar holds a graduate degree in Commerce from University of Madras, Executive Education Program from Harvard Business School and Thunderbird University – Arizona.
His predecessor Soussa joined Airtel Uganda in June 2016 and under his leadership, the telecom company has won a number of accolades, but says his departure is a result of a personal decision to take up ‘a new and exciting opportunity outside Airtel’.