Airtel appoints Ferrao Regional Director E’Africa, Mathen MD Tanzania

Airtel Africa has announced the appointment of Ian Ferrao as Regional Director of its East Africa business and George Mathen as Managing Director for Airtel Tanzania PLC. The appointments take effect October 1, 2019.

Ian Ferrao has more than 12 years’ experience in senior management telecommunications roles in Africa. Prior to joining Airtel Africa, he was the CEO of Vodacom Tanzania PLC, CEO of Vodacom Lesotho and Chief Commercial Officer at Vodacom Business Africa. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Management Sciences from Warwick Business School.

On his part, Mr. Mathen has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management roles, with experience in the telecommunications and FMCG sectors.

Prior to joining Airtel Africa, Mathen was CEO – Homes, at Bharti Airtel In India where he designed and implemented the Airtel Home strategy.  He has also been the CEO of various circles within the Indian business.

Before joining Bharti Airtel, He also spent 10 years’ in Coca-Cola India in several capacities including area general manager and sales manager across various regions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has his master’s in Business Administration.


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