Airtel Kenya has announced the appointment of Ashish Malhotra as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
According to media reports, Malhotra will be taking over from Prasanta Das Sarma, who left the position for a co-CEO position for Fibre Services at Airtel Africa.
Das Sarma had been at the helm since January 2017. During his reign, Das Sarma grew the subscriber base from 5 million to 16 million.
Malhotra has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. He holds an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), India, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Sri Ram College of Commerce, India.
He was previously the Group Head of Sales and Marketing at Airtel Africa, leading the department in 14 countries where Airtel operates.
Commenting on Malhotra’s appointment, Airtel said he was instrumental in doubling revenues, streamlining pricing principles, and building robust and unique selling propositions across the countries.