Oby Ezekwesili sets record, appointed Bharti Airtel director


By News Express,
History was made today with the naming of former  World Bank Vice President for Africa, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, to the Board  of Bharti Airtel Limited, a leading global telecommunications services  provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education as well as Solid Minerals  in her native Nigeria, becomes the first Nigerian to be so appointed by  Bharti Airtel, which has its headquarters in India. Her appointment  followed the restructuring of Bharti Airtel’s Board, according to a  statement dated September 30 and released from the company’s regional  headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The statement sent to News Express by e-mail explained that  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,” the statement  said.
A world-renowned expert on economic reforms and economic governance,  Ezekwesili (shown in photo) has 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. 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.
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.”


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