Bharti Airtel appoints Vani Venkatesh as CEO (Retail) in India

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator has appointed Vani Venkatesh as CEO – Retail aiming to strengthen subscriber touch points of the telecom business.
Vani will take over from Rohit Malhotra, who after about nine years with the company in various senior roles, when he decided to pursue opportunities outside of Airtel, said the company in a statement.
Airtel has rolled out and revamped ‘company-owned-company-operated’ Airtel stores across the country as one-stop-shop for customer requirements, and already has 550 such stores across the country.
These stores are supplemented by over 2,400 franchise retail stores across India, said Airtel.
Gopal Vittal, Chief Executive of Bharti Airtel (India and South Asia) said, “We are delighted to have Vani on board and are confident that her rich experience will add to our initiatives to ensure customer delight across our retail points. I wish her all the best for her new role. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rohit for his valuable contribution to the company.”
The company statement said Vani brings with her over 19 years of work experience. In her latest role, she was responsible for the medical nutrition business at Abbott Healthcare (India), prior she has worked with McKinsey and Company, helping clients plan and implement retail strategies.

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