Etisalat to appoint chiefs for Africa and Asia clusters
Company has promoted existing employee to role of Asia CEO
Etisalat Group is planning to modify its management structure with the appointment of two new regional chiefs to oversee its African and Asian divisions, and a new group CTIO.
Etisalat has already promoted an existing employee to the role of "chief of regional cluster Asia", and a search is ongoing for the Africa role, a source close to the company told CommsMEA.
A spokesperson for Etisalat confirmed that the telco was creating two senior roles referred to as "chief regional officer - cluster Africa" and "chief regional officer - cluster Asia".
The new head of Etisalat's Asia cluster will oversee most of Etisalat's Asian operations including PTCL in Pakistan, Etisalat Sri Lanka and Etisalat DB in India.
The proposed Africa cluster chief will oversee all of Etisalat's Sub Saharan African operations comprising Zantel in Tanzania, Canar in Sudan, Etisalat Nigeria, and Atlantique Telecom in Ivory Coast.
The Africa and Asia chiefs will report to Etisalat's group CEO, Ahmad Julfar. The CEOs of Etisalat UAE, Mobily in Saudi Arabia, and Etisalat Misr in Egypt, will continue to report directly to Julfar.
Etisalat has already made some major changes to its senior management in the past year, with the promotion of Ahmad Julfar as group CEO in August 2011. The telco also brought in fresh blood with the appointment of Dr Daniel Ritz as group chief strategy officer in November, and Serkan Okandan as group CFO in December.
The management changes come as Etisalat continues to face significant challenges in many of its international operations, and seeks to fulfil its plan to become one of the world's top-10 operators.