Manoj Kohli

Manoj Kohli is the CEO (International) and Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel. He has 34 years of work experience, equally divided between the manufacturing and telecom sectors. He heads the International Business Group which leads the international strategy & vision and is also responsible for leading the Africa operations (17 countries), which Bharti Airtel acquired in June 2010. Manoj has spearheaded the turnaround and transformation that is unprecedented in the African telecoms sector in the 17 Africa operations covering Networks, IT, BPO, Distribution and Brand and led new initiatives of 3G and Airtel Money in all markets.

He is a Director on the Board of Bharti Airtel. Prior to becoming CEO (International) and Joint Managing Director, Manoj held multiple roles as CEO & JMD, President & CEO, President of Mobile Services business at Bharti Airtel since 2002. Before moving to Africa, Manoj led Bharti Airtel’s India operations for 8 years and grew the customer base from 1 million to 140 million. Manoj started his career in 1979 with the Shriram Group, where he initially led the HR function, followed by leadership positions in the Foods, Chemicals and Fertilizer businesses and assignments in Engineering projects, including Shriram Honda. He left as Vice President, responsible for the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration business unit (now known as Tecumseh & Daikin) after a total stint of 15 years. He subsequently worked at AlliedSignal/Honeywell, where he was Executive Director in charge of its new Industrial Park and operations in India.

Manoj joined Escotel, which he led for over 5 years as Executive Director and CEO, before coming on board at Bharti Airtel. Manoj was the Chairman – Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Telecom & Broadband. He was member of the Board of GSM Association (GSMA) in 2008. He was the Chairman of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). He was adjudged “Telecom Man of the Year” and “Telecom Person of the Year” by Media Transasia and Voice & Data respectively. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Management Studies & Faculty of Commerce & Business and has been awarded the “Best Alumni Award” by SRCC, Delhi University.

Manoj holds degrees in Commerce, Law and an MBA from Delhi University. Manoj also attended the “Executive Business Program” at the Michigan Business School and the “Advanced Management Program” at the Wharton Business School.

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