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    Bharti Airtel Announces Strategic Managerial Changes

    Current changes in line with the organization’s vision of growing internal talent

    • Sanjay Nandrajog, will be the new Executive Director, International Operations & Managed Services
    • P Swaminathan, takes over as Executive Director, Bharti Infratel

    New Delhi, March 11, 2007: Bharti Airtel, India's leading fully integrated telecom conglomerate, today announced a major initiative for leadership and growth across the organization in India as well as its overseas ventures. The new organizational structure is in line with the company’s continued endeavor to propel its high performers across businesses to take up larger responsibilities and in the process capitalize on their learnings and competencies at Bharti Airtel.

    Mr. Manoj Kohli, President, Bharti Airtel Limited said, “Our journey towards becoming the most admired brand and institutionalizing 'One Airtel’ necessitates that we leverage our learnings across the organization not only in India but also in our new overseas ventures. The formation of a new structure is the result of the organization’s objective to transition high performers across businesses and provide them with larger responsibilities. I am confident that through these changes in the leadership teams we will enable Bharti Airtel to take a quantum leap in setting ‘best in class’ performance parameters both in India as well as overseas and become a top talent destination”

    In alignment with the company’s growth both in India and its new international ventures the following changes in the Leadership team will come into effect from April 1, 2007.

    Sanjay Nandrajog, will be the new Executive Director, International Operations & Managed Services.In his previous stint as Executive Director, North, he was successfully leading the largest Region for the mobility business of the group. In this new role Sanjay will be responsible for translating Bharti’s success in India across borders - for locations like Sri Lanka, a wholly owned operation and in Seychelles, Jersey and Guernsey as managed services. In addition any other new licenses will also come under his purview. All current CEOs of these operations will now directly report in to Mr. Sanjay Nandrajog.

    P Swaminathan, will take over as Executive Director, Bharti Infratel. He has successfully led the integrated Tamil Nadu, as a Director & CEO. Bharti Infratel is the new foray of Bharti group into Telecom Infrastructure Management. This new role is significantly important for the company as it will help build synergies and cost efficiencies based on substantial infrastructure sharing, energy conservation etc.

    Both Sanjay and Swaminathan will continue to report to Mr. Manoj Kohli. Apart from them the other important changes are:

    K Srinivas, is being promoted as Executive Director – Mobility East. In his earlier stint as the Director Mobility East, has successfully built upon the vast market opportunity in the region, and will continue to report to Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, Jt. President, Bharti Airtel Ltd.

    Jayant Khosla, is the new Executive Director – Mobility West. He has been instrumental in creating success and leading the Airtel brand in the Western region. As earlier Mr. Jayant Khosla will continue to report to Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, Jt. President, Bharti Airtel Ltd.. Airtel has also recently merged its Mumbai and Maharashtra & Goa circles into a consolidated operation in the West to achieve better market penetration and seamless service delivery, in line with its vision of driving operational synergy and the West leadership team, under Khosla, will work towards achieving dominance in the West.

    Deepak Mehrotra, is being promoted as Director – Mobility South. As CEO Karnataka Mobility Circle, he has successfully consolidated the leadership position of the circle and will now report to Mr. Sanjay Kapoor. Additionally, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra will provide the guidance and ensure a smooth transition to his successor Mr. V. Venkatesh, who is being promoted as CEO Karnataka circle.

    The management changes are in line with Airtel’s leadership and talent agenda and will help propel the organization towards aggressive growth.

     

    About Bharti Airtel Limited:

    Bharti Airtel Limited is one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 35.51 million customers as of end of January ‘07, consisting of 33.73 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among 10 best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list.

    Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units – Mobile services, Broadband & Telephone (B&T) services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The B&T business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand.

    Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 39,000 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems – i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in