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Airtel Uganda gets new managing director

By Julius Businge

Telecom service provider, Airtel Africa, has named Tom Gutjahr as the new managing director for Uganda with effect from Aug. 1 following a strategic plan to drive the company’s leadership and build its brand, the company said on Aug. 7 in a note.

Gutjahr replaces Arindam Chakrabarty who has been acting in the same position following the promotion of V. G Somasekhar, within the Airtel business in Africa to look after a portfolio of eight countries.  Chakrabarty will continue in his substantive role as chief commercial officer for Airtel Uganda.

Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer, Christian de Faria, said Gutjahr’s appointment underlines Airtel’s commitment to significantly improve access to telecoms services, connecting millions of consumers to the internet in Africa.

“I want to warmly welcome him [Gutjahr]to the Airtel family,” said De Faria.

Before the appointment, Gutjahr was CEO in Tigo Paraguay (Millicom International Cellular), the biggest operation in the Millicom Group. Prior to that, he had a stint as CEO for the Tigo operation in Rwanda in 2011; and CEO for Tigo in Chad between 2008 and 2010.

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