Bhargava takes over as Meza leaves Airtel

September 5, 2011
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Airtel Managing Director Rene Meza has quit to join Vodacom Tanzania in the same capacity.

Capital Business has learnt that Mr Meza’s position at Airtel has been taken over Shivan Bhargava who recently joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer.

A statement by Vodacom CEO for International Operations, Johan Dennelind, said Mr Meza replaces Dietlof Mare, who had requested to change roles after spending almost five years in Tanzania.

Mr Meza who hails from Paraguay has over 12 years international experience in telecommunications across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

“We’re very excited to have Rene joining the team. He brings a wide range of experience from emerging markets as diverse as Paraguay, Pakistan and Kenya.  He was also previously CEO for Millicom’s (Tigo) operations in Tanzania which means that he’ll be up and running in this new role very quickly,” said Mr Dannelind.

“Under Dietlof’s direction, Vodacom Tanzania has grown considerably.  It’s now our second largest operation outside South Africa and has over nine million customers,” Mr Dannelind said.

“Dietlof has led the business admirably and has been instrumental in the implementation of M-Pesa and other initiatives that have placed the company well for the future.  I want to thank Dietlof for his dedication and we look forward to using his hard-earned skills elsewhere in the Group” he concluded.

Vodacom Group Limited (Vodacom) is an African mobile communications company providing voice, messaging, data and converged services to more than 40 million customers.

From its roots in South Africa, Vodacom has grown its operations to include networks in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Lesotho and provides carrier and business services to customers in many African countries.

Vodacom is majority owned by Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile communications company by revenue, and is listed on the JSE Limited under the symbol VOD.

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