NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Telkom Kenya has appointed Sundararaman Pattabiraman as its Chief Finance Officer to bolster the company’s senior management team as the exodus of France Telkom-backed executives continues at Orange Kenya.
Pattabiraman joins Telkom Kenya from Safaricom Limited, where he was the Head of Finance, Planning and Analysis, replacing François Bresson who resigned from the company.
He joins John Barorot, former Chief Technical Officer at Safaricom, who was appointed CTIO at Telkom Kenya.
Bringing aboard over 22 years’ experience, in Africa and Asia, 16 of which have been in the telcom sector, Pattabiraman, has a track-record in strategic performance and building robust operations across reputable telecoms and FMCGs.
Prior to his erstwhile position at Safaricom Limited, Pattabiraman was a Director of the Board and Chief Financial Officer at Essar Telecom Kenya Limited and also a Chief Controller at Bharti Airtel Limited. He also held senior positions at Hutchison Essar (Now Vodafone India) and Gillette and TVS Electronics.
Telkom also lured Kris Senanu from Internet Solutions Kenya who now heads the Enterprise Division.
“I am extremely pleased to have Mr. Pattabiraman lead our Finance functions and serve as our Chief Finance Officer,” says CEO, Telkom Kenya, Aldo Mareuse.
“He has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader with a proven track record. He has a strong knowledge of the Kenyan telecommunications market and has broad experience from both the market leader and challenger.”
In his previous roles, Pattabiraman was a key architect in executing the merger and acquisition process between Essar Telecom, Safaricom and Airtel and in securing USD200m and USD50m medium and short term loans for Essar from a consortium of lenders.