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Segun Ogunsanya: Electronics Engineer Who Became Airtel Africa CEO

The Airtel Africa CEO Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award in Africa Business Leadership Awards

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Segun Ogunsanya, outgoing CEO of Airtel Africa, has been named winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th African Business Leadership Awards (ABLA) 2024.

The ABLA awards are a flagship annual recognition event by Africa Leadership Magazine (ALM), aimed at honouring exceptional corporate practice and outstanding achievers in Africa’s business landscape and private sector. They showcase Africa’s businesses and leaders, celebrating exemplary business leadership on the continent.

Mr Ogunsanya, an electronics engineer and a chartered accountant who has risen to the top in Africa’s corporate world, will be presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony during the 9th ALM Africa Summit, to be held on 17-18 July 2024 at the UK House of Lords. The theme of this year’s Summit is ‘Africa Unleashed: Navigating Disruptions, Enhancing Opportunities’, with policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society leaders, thought leaders and stakeholders from across Africa and the rest of the world expected to attend.

Mr Ogunsanya’s landmark contributions towards advancing Africa’s socio-economic growth and development include his 12-year career at Airtel Africa. He ran the Nigeria operations of the telecommunications and mobile money company for nine years before his appointment as CEO of the Group in 2021.

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With deep knowledge of the continent, coupled with extensive distribution experience, he led the company in maintaining double-digit revenue growth over many quarters and in delivering new, innovative products to its customers across Africa.

Mr Segun Ogunsanya has more than 35 years’ business management experience in banking, consumer goods and telecoms. Before joining Airtel Africa in 2012, he held leadership roles at Coca-Cola Bottling operations in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya (as MD and CEO).

He has also been the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (Coca- Cola Hellenic owned) and Group head of retail banking operations at Ecobank Transnational Inc, covering 28 countries in Africa.

“I am truly humbled by this recognition alongside such other distinguished Africans,” Segun Ogunsanya, CEO of Airtel Africa. “It truly belongs to all those who have been on the journey with me at various times. My career has been focused on serving the needs of people across the continent, most recently through enhanced digital and financial inclusion. I remain determined to help make Africa a better place for its people, and hope my journey inspires the next generation of Africa’s business leaders.”

Mr Ogunsanya will retire from Airtel Africa on 1st July 2024, and will become the Airtel Africa Charitable Foundation’s inaugural Chair, building on the work undertaken during his time as CEO, including the launch of the company’s first sustainability strategy.

Dr Ken Giami, Chairman of the African Leadership Organisation and Publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, said: “Our award winners exemplify the spirit of innovation, resilience and excellence driving growth and development across the continent.”

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KALU MENGO
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Kalu Mengo is a Senior Reporter With Business Today. Email: [email protected]
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