Airtel Uganda fights on as Tom Gutjahr exits

Tom Gutjahr joined Airtel Uganda in August 2014

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Tom Gutjahr joined Airtel Uganda in August 2014, replacing Arindam Chakrabarty who had been the firm’s acting managing director, following the promotion of VG Somasekhar, the previous MD in Uganda within Airtel business in Africa. However, some financial filings show that the telecom was operating a deficit of about $80m (Shs266b) in June 2014, up from $76m (Shs253b) in 2013. Jonathan Adengo & Mark Keith Muhumuza explain.

One year and nine months. That is how long Tom Gutjahr lasted as chief executive officer (CEO) of Airtel Uganda. Last week, Bharti Airtel announced that Gutjahr would be leaving Uganda and Airtel. He joined Airtel Uganda in August 2014, almost a year after the telecom acquired the Warid Telecom. On his appointment in 2014, his roles were specific. He was meant to steady the ship, manage the transition and provide leadership to what had become Uganda’s second largest telecom company. He, however, had two specific roles: make Airtel Money one of the mobile money platforms accessible to many and expand internet connectivity using the 3G network.


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