The telecom giant made the announcement through a statement in Lagos, indicating that Surendran’s appointment will take effect from August 1, 2021.
Surendran would be replacing the outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive of Airtel Nigeria, Olusegun Ogunsanya, who has been elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa Plc with effect from October 1, 2021.
Airtel said Surendran will also be appointed to the executive committee (ExCo) as regional operating director, reporting to the CEO of Airtel Africa and onto the board of Airtel Networks (Nigeria).
“Surendran has been with Bharti Airtel since 2003 and has contributed immensely in various roles across customer experience, sales, and business operations,” the statement read.
“He was the Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka, which is the largest circle in Airtel India, with over one billion dollars in revenue.
“Surendran delivered an exceptional performance with significant movement in Revenue Market Share (RMS) over last few years, currently at 54 percent. He has over 30 years of business experience, including 15 years at Xerox.”
Airtel said that Surendran would transition into his new role from June 1, 2021, and spend the time onboarding into the business until July 31, 2021.