Raghunath Mandava joined Airtel in Africa as the Chief Operating Officer in April 2016. He took over as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from January 2017.
Over his tenure as Managing Director and CEO, he had been a permanent invitee to the board of Bharti Airtel Limited, representing Airtel Africa until January 2019. He is also a board member of Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) B.V and Bharti Airtel Africa B.V (Netherlands).
Raghu joined Airtel Africa from Airtel India, where he worked in various capacities as Chief Operating Officer for Tamil Nadu, Circle CEO for Rajasthan, Chief Marketing Officer of the Mobile Business, Regional Operations Director for East India Mobile Business, Regional Operations Director for B2C Business for West India and lastly as Customer Experience Director for India.
Raghu brings an innovative problem-solving approach to achieve disruptive growth in the business roles. In his last role in Airtel India he helped deliver a substantially improved customer experience while reducing costs considerably.
Prior to Airtel, Raghu worked in Hindustan Unilever across various roles in sales, marketing and business operations in the food business.
Raghu holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics from IIT, Kharagpur and a master’s degree in Business Administration from IIM, Bangalore in India.