BrandArena: Olu Akanmu Appointed as New Airtel Chief Marketing Officer

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Olu Akanmu Appointed as New Airtel Chief Marketing Officer

One of the leading telecommunications services provider in Nigeria, Airtel has announced the appointment of Olu Akanmu as Chief Marketing Officer.

Akanmu, an accomplished marketing professional, motivational speaker and seasoned manager will lead Airtel’s quest to reclaim market leadership and assist the company realize its primary ambition of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians by 2015. The appointment is to take effect from the 1st of June, 2012.

Speaking on the appointment, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Rajan Swaroop said Airtel is extremely committed to empowering more Nigerian professionals to take top leadership positions in the company, saying the company is proud that more talented Nigerian professionals are targeting it as an employer of first choice. “Airtel is proud to be an employer of choice for talented Nigerian professionals and we will continue to invest in our people just as we will remain committed in our quest to building a brand that will be the most loved in the daily lives of Nigerians,” Swaroop said.

Akanmu has over 23 years of experience spanning marketing, banking, telecommunications, consulting, manufacturing, advertising, pharmaceutical and health care sectors. Prior to his appointment, he was the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Retail and Consumer Banking in Bank PHB, where he was responsible for the delivery of the retail business annual profit across 97 dedicated retail branches and additional 90 business co-location branches nationwide. He has once worked at MTN Nigeria, where he spent half a decade as General Manager, Consumer Marketing in charge of consumer business strategy.

Akanmu, a 1985 Pharmacy graduate of University of Ife, Nigeria, has attended several management and leadership programmes in reputable institutions such as INSEAD, London Business School and Lagos Business School. In 1998, he scored a distinction to emerge the overall best student among 87 managers in the management advancement programme 37 of the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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