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Bharti nets Escotel kingpin

New Delhi, Nov. 7: Bharti today appointed Manoj Kohli as joint president of its Mobility Group. He comes from Escotel, where he was responsible for setting up and running operations as its CEO and executive director.

Kohli, who was the president of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), will report to Anil Nayar, the president of Bharti’s ‘Mobility Leader’, overseeing operations in the western and eastern regions — Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Calcutta.

He will play a key role in formulation of business strategy, creation of a wireless business solution team and implementation of customer-service delivery plan. He will spearhead the quality initiatives, including Six Sigma. Kohli, by virtue of being a joint president, is being nominated to the board of Bharti Cellular Limited.

Early this year, Bharti inducted Vinod Sawhny, former MD of Spice Communications, which offers cellular services in Punjab. At Bharti, Sawhny is the chief executive officer of AirTel for Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

The announcement of Kohli’s appointment was accompanied by a reshuffle in Bharti’s organisational set-up. The changes are designed to help Bharti realign itself to successfully handle the emerging market realities. and face future business challenges.

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