Bharti Airtel a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has today announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Mugisha, as the Board Chairman for Airtel Rwanda.
Mr. Mugisha, a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, is one of the most respected legal professionals in Rwanda having served in various executive and advisory roles in the country’s public and private sector. He is also a member of the Rwanda Bar Association and the East African Law Society.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Christian de Faria, CEO Airtel Africa, said, “We are privileged as a business to be joined by such a dynamic business leader to help drive our brand in Rwanda. This is an important chapter for Airtel Rwanda, our youngest market in Africa, where the telecoms landscape is also evolving quickly. On behalf of the Airtel Africa leadership fraternity, I want to pledge full our support to Mr. Mugisha to steer the Airtel business to even greater heights.”
A seasoned legal professional, Mr. Mugisha is currently the Managing Partner at Trust Law Chambers, a leading law firm which he founded in 2004. Amongst other previous roles, he has served as Chairman of Business Law Reform Commission between 2005 and 2007 and as a member of the country’s National Committee on Regional Integration between 2005 and 2009.
Mr. De Faria said his contribution and counsel will be invaluable for Airtel Rwanda, given the potential and dynamism of the country’s telecoms market.
“The technology revolution in Rwanda is evolving, thanks to ambitious government and private sector initiatives aimed at developing the country’s ICT sector, coupled with a youthful market keen to easily adapt to new technology trends. The country’s economy is also one of the fastest growing in the world, averaging 8.1 per cent annually between 2001 and 2012, according to the World Bank,”Mr. De Faria added.
Also commenting on the appointment, Airtel Rwanda Managing Director, Mr. Teddy Bhullar said, “We are honored to have Mr. Mugisha as the latest addition to the Airtel family. His expertise and knowledge of the Rwandan business environment will pave way for Airtel Rwanda to soar to greater heights.”