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Bharti Airtel Taps MTN Executive to Boost African Operations

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Bharti Airtel has poached a senior MTN executive to head up some of its African operations. Airtel named the now former CEO of MTN Ivory Coast, Wim Vanhelleputte as a regional manager for its operations.

Vanhelleputte will be responsible for Gabon, Congo B, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and the Seychelles.

Airtel Africa's chief executive officer, Christian de Faria said, "Vanhelleputte's appointment seeks to accelerate Airtel's market leadership opportunities and develop the team capabilities across the cluster."

"Vanhelleputte has distinguished himself with his exceptional understanding of the African telecoms landscape. I believe he will use his experience, leadership and understanding of the African market to accelerate our market leadership opportunities and develop the team capabilities as we seek to take our brand to the next level," said Christian de Faria.

In Africa, Bharti Airtel has operations in 17 countries.

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