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Sunil Taldar to take over as Airtel operations head

Bharti Airtel has promoted DTH enterprise head Sunil Taldar to the level of director (market operations) to supervise Airtel’s operations nationally, and is prone to redesignate him chief working officer (COO) within the near future.

The development comes with COO Ajai Puri set to retire at the end of December after a 17-year stint within the firm.

The top-level management function change was introduced in an inner firm memo from Airtel chief government Gopal Vittal, a duplicate of which was viewed.

“Sunil (Taldar), who has over the years built a very successful DTH business, will take over from Ajai (Puri), effective December 1, and in his new role will lead Airtel’s channel and operations organisation, and all geography CEOs will report to him,” Vittal stated.

He added that Nagananda, Bharti Airtel’s CEO for the “Direct to Customer Channels” enterprise and Ayan Sarkar, distribution enterprise head, would additionally report back to Taldar.

Vittal stated Puri had “significantly transformed” the telco’s go-to-market capabilities and was additionally instrumental within the firm attaining “a lifetime high in terms of revenue market share” within the mobility enterprise. Puri, he added, “would play an advisory role” to Taldar throughout December 2021 as a part of the transition.

Separately, Airtel has named Manu Sood, CEO (Upper North) as the brand new Category Leader & CEO of the DTH enterprise, whereas Vir Inder Nath has been elevated to the function of Category chief & CEO, house broadband operations.

Confirming the developments, an organization spokesperson stated the most recent appointments “demonstrate the depth of Airtel’s leadership team and the high-quality talent available within the company”.

The newest developments include Airtel within the strategy of rejigging its company construction that might see the listed father or mother home the digital and infrastructure property, whereas transferring the telecom companies to a newly created arm, Airtel Ltd. The reorganisation is prone to sharpen the Mittal-led entity’s deal with digital operations with an intention to monetise them in future. The new construction can also be prone to take away the telecom regulatory overhang on Airtel’s digital companies.

Bharti Airtel can also be set to raise up to Rs 21,000 shares by a rights issue to construct a war chest to deepen its 4G community and put together for the upcoming public sale of 5G airwaves and roll out the nextgen know-how in India. TGI

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