Mrs Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, Former World Bank Vice President for Africa and a world-renowned expert on economic reforms and economic governance has been appointed to the board of Bharti Airtel Limited, a global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, following restructuring of the telco’s Board.
Mrs Ezekwesili was credited with having a strong track record in the transparency, accountability, good governance, and anti-corruption movement worldwide, having been one of the co-founders of Transparency International. As the Vice President of the World Bank in charge of the Africa region, she was responsible for operations in 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of over US$40 billion.
The changes on the Board of Bharti Airtel also extend to its subsidiary Bharti Infratel. The changes have been effected in view of the proposed Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Bharti Infratel, which is a leading provider of passive telecom infrastructure in India.
Commenting on the restructuring, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said, “These changes have been effected in line with our strong corporate governance culture and will ensure that Bharti and Singtel have distinct representatives on the Boards of Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel. I am confident that these two world-class Boards will continue to guide these companies to greater heights. I would also take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Directors for their contribution to the Board of Bharti Airtel.”
Mrs Ezekwesili previously served as director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Program in Boston and Abuja. She holds a master’s in international law from the University of Lagos, a master’s in public policy and administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a chartered accountant.