· Empowering local manpower vital to Airtel Africa’s business strategy
· Staff from Africa’s operations to benefit from Airtel India’s financial systems
Nairobi, Kenya, December, 20, 2012 – Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa today announced the kick-off of its Talent Management program in Africa. This unique initiative will see talented employees and staff with high potential spend six months in India for finance training. The first phase of this pilot program will take place in three countries: Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville.
Speaking on the purpose of the program, Mr. Hans Van Lierop, the Chief Finance Officer for Bharti Airtel Africa, said: “Vertical mobility is a concept we firmly believe in. We are committed to training our team for senior leadership positions within the organization. This pilot program will enable us to develop a financial talent support pool within the Francophone region.”
Airtel is focused on creating a positive impact in everything it does and empowering people is a key part of its core values. By giving to its employees the opportunity to gain international exposure, Airtel hopes to strengthen their skills, competencies and abilities in the area of processes and automation. According to Mr. Van Lierop, this talent program is crucial in this day and age because “globalization has changed the required skill sets for an average team member.”
Since the launch of its operations in Africa, Airtel has created considerable job opportunities across the continent and has invested substantial resources in developing the capabilities of its manpower. The first leadership batch will depart for India in January 2013.