Bharti Airtel appoints new Managing Director in Rwanda



  • Mr. Bhullar tasked to support further developments in  Airtel Africa’s newest operation
  • Former Rwanda MD, Mr. Paluku, now appointed cluster Head of Airtel Money at HQ    

BhartiAirtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has announced the appointment of Mr. Teddy R.V.S. Bhullar as Managing Director (MD) of Airtel’s operation in Rwanda. 

Before his appointment, Mr. Bhullar has been the Managing Director for Airtel Sierra Leone since the launch of the Airtel Brand in the country in November 2010 and in Airtel Seychelles prior to that. He is expected to support further developments in the telecoms operator’s newest operation.

The mobile industry has already had a transformative effect on the social and economic development of Sub- Saharan Africa. Despite the astonishing progress of the mobile industry in recent years, the biggest impact of mobile in Africa is yet to come. Mobile solutions are beginning to address a range of social and economic challenges in the region, some examples being healthcare, education and agriculture.

Making the announcement, Airtel Africa CEO, Christian de Faria said:  “With his diverse experience in blue chip organizations and skills, Teddy is a great fit for Rwanda. His drive for results and passion for improving the lives of the people around him makes us all extremely confident that he is best placed to coach the new team at Airtel in Rwanda into the next frontier.”

The new MD brings 32 years of wide-ranging experiences working at Tata Tea Ltd, Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola and Airtel. Mr. Bhullar holds an MBA Degree and has also attended various Leadership programs at CCL in Singapore.

He will succeed Mr. MarcellinPaluku who will now head Airtel Money at a pan-African level for a cluster of Operating Countries. He has successfully led Airtel Rwanda since its inception in 2011, which he managed to launch three months ahead of schedule. Over his tenure in Rwanda, Airtel not only has the best Internet service in the country, but more than 1 million Rwandans have adopted Airtel as their network.

“Airtel Money has had significant growth momentum in the last couple of years. Mr. Paluku is an important addition to the team at the Airtel Africa Headquarters with his practical expertise in developing one of the fastest growing services in Africa and will work with an excellent team.” commented Mr. de Faria.