Etisalat to create CEO roles for Asia, Africa

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Etisalat Group is planning to modify its management structure with the appointment of two new CEOs to oversee its African and Asian divisions, and a new group CTIO according to a report in CommsMEA.

Etisalat has already promoted an existing director, Jamal Al Jawan, to the role of Asia CEO, and a search is ongoing for the Africa CEO role, a source close to the company told CommsMEA.

The Asia CEO will oversee all of Etisalat’s Asian operations including PTCL in Pakistan, Etisalat Sri Lanka, Etisalat DB in India and XL in Indonesia.

The proposed Africa CEO will oversee all of Etisalat’s Sub Saharan African operations comprising Zantel in Tanzania, Canar in Sudan, Etisalat Nigeria, and Atlantique Telecom, which has operations in Ivory Coast, Benin, Gabon and Togo, Niger and Central Africa.

The Africa and Asia CEOs will report to Etisalat’s group CEO, Ahmad Julfar.

The CEOs of Etisalat UAE, Mobily in Saudi Arabia, and Etisalat Misr in Egypt, will continue to report directly to Julfar.

Etisalat has already made some major changes to its senior management in the past year, with the promotion of Ahmad Julfar as group CEO in August 2011, Dr. Daniel Ritz as group chief strategy officer in November, and Serkan Okandan as group CFO in December.

The management changes come as Etisalat continues to face significant challenges in many of its international operations.