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Airtel Africa hires East Africa boss

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By Peter Kanjere:

EXPERIENCED—Ferrao

Airtel Africa, which operates in 14 African countries including Malawi, has appointed Ian Ferrao as its East Africa Regional Director, hoping his wealth of experience would help grow the company.

In a statement, Airtel Africa says Ferrao brings to the company experience gained from the telecommunication sector.

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“Ian Ferrao has more than 12 years of experience in senior management telecommunications roles in Africa.

“Prior to joining Airtel Africa, he was the CEO [Chief Executive Officer] of Vodacom Tanzania plc, the CEO of Vodacom Lesotho and Chief Commercial Officer at Vodacom Business Africa. He holds a first class Honours degree in BSc Management sciences from the Warwick Business School,” the statement says.

Airtel Africa CEO, Raghunath Mandava, has welcomed Ferrao to head the region which comprises Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

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“He brings a wealth of relevant telecommunications and mobile money experience within the region and will be an asset to the business. He will be part of the Africa Executive Committee based in Nairobi and will focus on driving growth across voice, data and mobile money in East Africa,” Mandava says.

Airtel Africa boasts of 100 million subscribers on the continent and is the leading provider of telecommunication and mobile money services.

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