Bharti Airtel poaches smaller rival Aircel’s Chief Financial Officer

By January 12th, 2017 AT 5:59 AM

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider, said that it has named Badal Bagri as Chief Financial Officer for its India & South Asia operations, effective from January 16, 2017. Previously, Badal was serving Aircel as the Chief Financial Officer at Aircel, and prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Micromax.

At Airtel, Badal will lead the Finance teams across India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to drive Airtel’s growth strategy. He will report to Nilanjan Roy, Global Chief Financial Officer, Bharti Airtel, the company said.

“We are delighted to have Badal back on board with us. I wish him the very best for his new role and look forward to work closely with him. His leadership, deep knowledge and rich experience will significantly contribute towards further strengthening our finance team as we steer ahead in our growth journey,” Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Airtel said that this is Badal’s second stint with Airtel. He had previously worked with Airtel from 2010 to 2014 and was the Chief Controller for the Consumer Business as well as the Global Financial Controller.

Badal has over 22 years of work experience across telecom, FMCG, services and manufacturing having worked with leading conglomerates such as Genpact, GE, Coke and ICI. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University.

Bharti Airtel has also said that it received the ‘Best Governed Company Award’ at the 4th Asia Business Responsibility Summit organised by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability (ACCGS).

“We are delighted to receive this award, which reflects the core ethos of corporate governance and transparency that we live by at Bharti Airtel. I want to thank the Awards Committee and the jury members for this remarkable honour,” Bharti Airtel’s Global CFO Nilanjan Roy said in a separate statement.

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