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12 March, at 09 : 55 AM Print
Teddy Bhullar has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
Bhullar replaces Marcellin Paluku who has been at the realm of engineering Airtel’s penetration into the local telecom business since its entry into the Rwandan market in 2011. During his tenure in Rwanda, Airtel has become a dominant player in Internet services and managed to attract more than 1 million subscribers.
Paluku will now head Airtel Money at an African level for a cluster of operating countries.
Before his appointment, Bhullar has been the MD for Airtel Sierra Leone since the launch of the brand in that country in November 2010 and in Airtel Seychelles prior to that. He is expected to support further developments in the telecoms operator’s newest operation.
Bhullar brings 32 years of wide-ranging experiences working at Tata Tea Ltd, Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola and Airtel. Bhullar holds an MBA Degree and has also attended various Leadership programs in Singapore.
Airtel Africa CEO, Christian de Faria said that Bhullar is a great fit for Rwanda and his experience will spur Airtel operations to another level.
“Bhullar’ s drive for results and passion for improving the lives of the people around him makes us all extremely confident that he is best placed to coach the new team at Airtel in Rwanda into the next frontier.” Faria said.
Airtel was launched in kigali on the 30th March 2012 as Airtel Rwanda Limited offering its wide range of innovative products in Kigali on Launch. The telecom company has over 200 million subscribers across its operations with 50 million clients in Africa.
Airtel is the third mobile phone service provider in the country after MTN Rwanda and Tigo Rwanda. As of August 2013, statistics from Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Agency (RURA) indicate that Leading operator, MTN Rwanda has a total 3,665,094, followed by Tigo, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular SA (1,994,468) and a new player in the market, Indian telecom giant, Airtel with 959,551.