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Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel Africa CEO, Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award At Africa Business Leadership Awards | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jun 5, 2024

Segun Ogunsanya, Outgoing CEO Of Airtel Africa 






Segun Ogunsanya, outgoing CEO of Airtel Africa, has been named winner oftheprestigious LifetimeAchievement Award inthe14thAfricanBusinessLeadershipAwards(ABLA)2l

awardsareaflagshipannualrecognitioneventrunbyAfricaLeadershipMagazine(ALM),aimedathonouring exceptional corporate practice and outstanding achievers in Africa’s business landscape and privatesector.TheawardsshowcaseAfrica’sbusinessesandleaders,celebratingexemplarybusinessleadershiponthecontinent.

MrOgunsanyawillbepresentedwithhisLifetimeAchievementAwardataspecialceremonyduringthe9thALMAfrica Summit, taking place from 17-18 July 2024 at the UK House of Lords. The theme of this year’s Summit is‘Africa Unleashed: Navigating Disruptions, Enhancing Opportunities’, with policymakers, private sector leaders,civil society leaders, thought leaders and stakeholders from across Africa and the rest of the world expected toattend.

Mr Ogunsanya’s landmark contributions towards advancing Africa’s socio-economic growth and developmentinclude his 12-year career at Airtel Africa. He ran the Nigeria operations of the telecommunications and mobilemoney company for nine years before his appointment as CEO of the Group in 2021. With deep knowledge ofthe continent, coupled with extensive distribution experience, he led the company in maintaining double-digitrevenuegrowthovermanyquartersandindeliveringnew,innovativeproductstoitscustomersacrossAfrica.

Segun has more than 35 years’ business management experience in banking, consumer goods and telecoms.Before joining Airtel Africa in 2012, he held leadership roles at Coca-Cola Bottling operations in Ghana, Nigeria,andKenya(asMDandCEO).SegunhasalsobeentheManagingDirectorofNigerianBottlingCompanyLtd(Coca-Cola Hellenic owned) and Group head of retail banking operations at Ecobank Transnational Inc, covering 28countriesinAfrica. Heisanelectronics engineer andachartered accountant.

Segun Ogunsanya, CEO of Airtel Africa, said: “I am truly humbled by this recognition alongside such otherdistinguished Africans. It truly belongs to all those who have been on the journey with me at various times. Mycareer has been focused on serving the needs of people across the continent, most recently through enhanceddigital and financial inclusion. I remain determined to help make Africa a better place for its people, and hopemyjourney inspires thenext generation ofAfrica’s businessleaders.”

Mr Ogunsanyawill retire from Airtel Africaon 1 July 2024, and will become theAirtel Africa CharitableFoundation’s inaugural Chair, building on the work undertaken during his time as CEO, including the launch oftheCompany’s first sustainability strategy.

Dr Ken Giami, Chairman of the African Leadership Organisation and Publisher of the African LeadershipMagazine,said:“Ourawardwinnersexemplifythespiritofinnovation,resilienceandexcellencedrivinggrowthanddevelopment across thecontinent.”

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