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Sanjay Kapoor is new CEO of Bharti Airtel

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Manoj Kohli and Sanjay Kapoor of Bharti Airtel

Mr Sanjay Kapoor has been promoted as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of telecom services provider Bharti Airtel (India and South Asia) as part of strategic organisation changes announced by the company today for future growth.

Mr Kapoor is currently the Deputy CEO of the company. He will take over from Mr Manoj Kohli, who is at present the CEO ((India and South Asia) and Joint Managing Director and will now head a new, empowered and dedicated International Business Group as CEO (International) & Joint Managing Director.

The group will be responsible for expanding the company's operations beyond India and South Asia region, the company said in a press release.

It said the changes were aimed at enhancing the company's focus on expanding operations to international markets beyond India and South Asia and further consolidate its leadership position in India. The new organization structure will be effective from April 1, 2010.

According to the release, the International Business Group will comprise a team of seasoned and experienced professionals, including from within the Bharti group, from areas such as Business Development, Networks & IT, SCM, Project and Performance Excellence, Brand and Customer Experience.

Mr Kapoor would have end-to-end responsibility of leading India and South Asia businesses of Bharti Airtel and will drive growth and business synergies in Mobile Services, Telemedia Services, Enterprise Services and DTH, it said.

He will lead Bharti Airtel towards strengthening its position as a benchmark in innovative practices, brand leadership, operational efficiency, customer value and leadership depth, the release said.

"The next phase of our journey is set to be another game changer – requiring superior thrust and focused leadership. We continue to win in the Indian telecom market, which is going through a phase of hyper competition. At the same time, we will be developing comprehensive plans for our journey to cover emerging markets beyond India and the South Asia," Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said.

"Bharti Airtel has one of the finest management teams in the country and a strong leadership pipeline. This new structure will leverage our management depth and build a strong platform for fulfilling our global vision. Manoj and Sanjay, are amongst the finest professionals in telecom industry not just in India but across the world and have contributed immensely to the success of Bharti Airtel. I wish both of them the very best for their new assignments," Mr Mittal added.

Both Mr Kohli and Mr Kapoor will report to Mr Mittal, the release added. Bharti Airtel is part of the Bharti Enterprises group and has operatios in India and Sri Lanka. It had an gregate of over 118 million customers as of end November 2009, including 116.01 million mobile customers.

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