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Industry moves: Snapdeal, Airtel and Helion

Snapdeal appoints Akhil Gupta as board member E-commerce giant Snapdeal has hired Vice chairman of Bharti Enterprises Pvt.Ltd, Akhil Gupta as an independent director to strengthen its board of directors, reports Livemint. Gupta has been with Bharti Airtel for over 20 years and has helped build the company ground up. He is responsible for helping Airtel raise millions of dollars in capital back when it was still a private company and later played an important role when the company went public. This is the first high profile board member appointment by Snapdeal, as its board currently consists of only private equity backers and founders. The report also mentions Flipkart, Snapdeal’s biggest rival, is currently looking to hire independent board members. Airtel divests African telecoms tower assets to Eaton Towers Telecommunications services provider, Bharti Airtel Limited entered into an agreement with African telecom tower company Eaton Towers to divest over 3500 telecom towers from Airtel to Eaton Towers. According to the agreement, Airtel will sell and lease back the towers in 6 African countries under a 10-year contract. This will enable Eaton Towers to expand its coverage in Africa to 7 countries with over 5000 towers. Airtel said the agreement will allow it to focus on its core business while reduce capital expenditure on passive infrastructure, helping debt reduction. The company currently offers 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, fixed line services, DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH and various other enterprise solutions in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Helion announces organisational…

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