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Airtel CEO, Ogunsanya to lead Discourse at Nigerian Telecom Development Lecture

By The Citizen


As Nigeria works on the development of a policy for broadband roll out and new telecoms marketing opportunities, Airtel Nigeria's Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Segun Ogunsanya, will lead discourse on the future of Nigeria's Telecoms Market as key note speaker at the 7th annual Nigerian Telecom Development Lecture.

Organised by Logica Communications, publishers of theNigerian Telecom Weekly, the Nigerian Telecom Development Lecture is an annual platform for thought leadership on the intersection between telecommunications and society.

The Lecture, which is scheduled to hold on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos, will commence at 10.a.m. The event will be chaired by Chief Peter Igho, Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission and will also feature a keynote address from Dr. Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission.

Mr. Ogunsanya will speak on The Nigerian Telecoms Market: Championing the African Course at the lecture that will also feature a paper by Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, according to Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, publisher of Nigerian Telecom Weekly.

Ogunsanya will be mounting a platform that had featured distinguished speakers such as Prof Wole Soyinka; former Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe; Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah; Harvard historian, Prof. Molefi Kete Asante, and former Governors of Lagos State and Cross Rivers State, Bola Tinubu and Donald Duke, respectively.

Ogunsanya is a technocrat and leader with management experience cutting across various sectors including food and beverages, manufacturing, financial services, government and telecoms.

He has over 24 years of rich industry experience across multiple geographies, organisations and diverse sectors such as Coca Cola (17 years), Banking (3 years) and Arthur Anderson (4 years).

He joined Airtel from The Coca-Cola Company, where he started his career in Finance and gradually transitioned into senior leadership roles with the various bottling operations of The Coca-Cola Company across diverse markets and countries in Africa. In his last stint, as the Managing Director and CEO of Nigerian Bottling company, he was responsible for over $1bn revenue operations.

Mr. Ogunsanya was also the CEO of the Kenya operations for Coca-Cola Sabco, where he was instrumental in successfully turning around the business. Prior to this, he has also worked with banking organisations such as Crystal Bank and Ecobank Transnational where, as the Managing Director of Retail Bank, he was responsible for the operations across 28 countries in the continent.

Apart from manufacturing and banking, Mr. Ogunsanya also comes with consulting experience having worked with Arthur Anderson & Co in Nigeria (1988-92) where he was involved in Audit, Tax Advisory, setting up new businesses and profit improvement services.

Mr. Ogunsanya is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Ife, Nigeria.