In line with its corporate philosophy of remaining the employer of choice and empowering more Nigerians with leadership positions, leading Telecommunications Services Provider, Airtel Nigeria, has elevated 81 employees, across various business functions.
The promotions are a direct result of the company’s 2012/2013 Reward and Performance Evaluation Exercise, which ended in June.
Two employees were promoted Vice Presidents; three elevated from Senior Managers to General Managers, 32 promoted Senior Managers while 44 others were promoted to positions ranging from Senior Officer to Manager.
Top on the list of those promoted were Tayo Oladimeji and Nitin Anand.
Oladimeji, formerly General Manager: Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management, was promoted Vice President.
Oladimeji joined Airtel in 2002 as Finance Manager and was later promoted to Head of Division, Retail Billing, in 2006. He was later transferred to head the Revenue Assurance Division in 2008, where he provided a comprehensive revenue assurance framework for all company’s revenue streams, minimizing leakages and maximizing revenue.
In February 2012, he was promoted General Manager: Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management. Prior to joining Airtel, Oladimeji worked as an Assistant Sales Accountant at the West African Portland Cement (Lafarge Group).
A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Stockbroker, Oladimeji, is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Anand, who was formerly Head: New Products Development and 3G, was also elevated to the position of Vice President, Data & Digital Services. Anand has over 15 years in Marketing and the Telecoms Industries.
Prior to his transfer to Nigeria in February 2012, Anand was Head, Strategic Projects, Airtel Mobile Services in Airtel India, where he led the launch of 3G Services, as well as managed Product design, development and management for 3G services in India. He also designed, developed and executed the Dongle and Wireless Broadband strategy in India, with the entire Go To Market plan, service management and delivery of 3G services under his supervision.
Speaking on the Reward and Performance Evaluation Exercise, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Olusegun Ogunsanya, said the company is committed to empowering Nigerian professionals and providing the right environment for employee development and career growth.
“Airtel Nigeria is committed to building the most admired company in Nigeria. We are passionate about creating an environment where hardwork, excellence and exceptional performance are recognized and rewarded. It is our corporate culture to celebrate and reward excellence and we will stop at nothing to ensure that exceptional Nigerians occupy leadership positions.
Since Airtel acquired the operations of Zain in 2010, the company has promoted over 200 employees and more Nigerians have been empowered to take senior leadership roles. Indeed, we are glad that we have highly motivated and engaged employees and we are on track to actualizing our vision of becoming the employer of choice in Nigeria.”
It would be recalled that not long ago, the apex regulatory body of Human Resources practice in Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) honoured Airtel Nigeria with the Best Human Resources Practices Award within the Telecommunications sector.
The prestigious award came on the heels of a comprehensive, independent audit conducted by CIPM among major GSM operators in the country. The organizers commended the leading telecommunications services provider for complying with global HR standards and for following best practices in its employee relations.
Ogunsanya dedicated the award to staff of the company, saying the recognition is an eloquent testimony of the dedication and good work of employees of the organization.
“As an employer of choice in Nigeria, our highly motivated employees are always happy to follow best practices in delighting both internal and external stakeholders. We desire to be the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians and we will continue to push ourselves very hard in actualizing this optimistic vision,” he said.