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airtel appoints Claude Ayo Iguendha as Board Chairman for its Gabon operations

Nairobi, August 1st, 2013 – Bharti airtel (“airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the appointment of Mr. Claude Ayo Iguendha as Board Chairman for airtel’s operations in Gabon.

Speaking on the appointment, Tiemoko Coulibaly, airtel’s CEO for the Francophone region in Africa, said: “I am delighted with Mr. Ayo Iguendha’s appointment. Claude has worked in the financial sector for the past 38 years and has an exceptional track record of accomplishments. I am confident that with his vast experience, he will guide our organization in the right direction.”

Mr.  Ayo Iguendha started his career as an accountant and rose through the ranks thanks to its irreproachable work ethic.  For the past 11 years, he has served as the CEO of the International Bank for Trade and Industry of Gabon (BICIG).

Mr. Coulibaly added: “airtel is committed to Gabon and is here for the long term. We firmly believe in the continued growth of our Gabon operations and we plan to invest $125 million in the country in the next three years. I am confident that the team, under Mr. Ayo Iguendha’s strategic guidance, will help businesses and the youth access world class data services.”

With presence across 17 African countries, airtel is the largest telecom service provider across the Continent in terms of geographical reach and had over 63.7 million customers at the end of quarter ended March 31, 2013. Globally, airtel is ranked as the 4th largest mobile services provider in terms of customer base.