Bharti Airtel has appointed Ashok Ganapathy as Director of its enterprise arm Airtel Business, effective from the 1st of July this year. Ganapathy will take over from Manish Prakash who is moving to a new role as Director – Strategic Alliances.
In his new role, Ganapathy will be responsible for the growth of Airtel’s B2B businesses and other end-to-end solutions and will report directly to Gopal Vittal, the CEO and Managing Director (India & South Asia) for Airtel. Note that Ganapathy had joined Airtel back in 2013 as Hub Chief Executive Officer for heading its operations in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.
Prior to joining Airtel, Ganapthy has worked with Reliance Mediaworks as CEO at Big Cinemas for 2 years. He has also worked with Spencer’s Retail as Senior Vice President for nearly 2 years and was with Unilever as Vice President for 19 years.
Other top level hires: Earlier this month Airtel’s Payments Bank appointed Shashi Arora as CEO and MD of the company. Arora replaced Manish Khera who headed Airtel’s payments bank for a short duration of 2 months. Airtel had appointed Khera as the CEO of Airtel mcommerce services limited (AMSL), which operates the semi-closed wallet under the brand name ‘Airtel Money’ in August 2015.
– In May, Airtel acquired Videocon’s spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for Rs 4428 crore across six circles including Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, UP (East) and UP (West). The deal between Airtel and Videocon was originally announced in March after Idea Cellular had called off an earlier deal with Videocon for the same spectrum.
– In March Bharti Airtel bought 20 Mhz of spectrum in the 2,300MHz band from Aircel for Rs 3,500 crore, The deal allowed Airtel to offer 4G services in the eight circles of Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Assam, the North East, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
– Airtel also revamped and rolled out Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) Airtel stores across the country as a one stop shop for all customer requirements.