Communication giant, Airtel Nigeria has promoted Dinesh Balsingh, its erstwhile Marketing Director, to the position of the Chief Commercial Officer (CFO), with immediate effect.

In a statement sent to Nairametrics, Airtel Nigeria also disclosed the appointments of Seun Solanke as Information Technology Director and Femi Kupoluyi as Sales & Distribution Director.

Balsingh’s new role in the company

In his new role, Baksingh will directly supervise Airtel’s Sales & Distribution, Marketing, Customer Service and Regional Operations functions with responsibility for growing revenue market share, customer market share, brand development, customer experience as well as leading and driving innovation.

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A glimpse of Dinesh Balsingh’s professional career

Balsingh, an alumnus of TSM in South India, has over 20 years’ experience spanning the entire marketing spectrum including Products, Customer Lifecycle Management, Data & Content, Revenue Planning, and Brand.

Prior to his role as Marketing Director at Airtel Nigeria, he was Vice President for Tata Docomo, India (2011-2013) where he managed National Prepaid Product Marketing. Dinesh also had stints of Chief Marketing Officer for Airtel across India, including one of India’s largest telecom circle, Mumbai, Maharashtra & GOA. He  also managed various assignments across Hutch and BPL Mobile.

Balsingh began his career in 1995 as a Business Development Executive at Parry Agro, South India and later took up a role as Sales & Marketing Manager for TVS Rubber, India.

Meanwhile, Seun Solanke joined Airtel Nigeria from Ericsson MEA where he was hitherto the Senior Director & Head of Solution Area BSS for Middle East & Africa and Director & Head of Digital Services Customer Unit, Nigeria. Prior to his role at Ericsson MEA, he worked at Oracle as the Digital Sales Lead for Nigeria.

Solanke started his career as a Middleware Architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprises in Houston, Texas, growing rapidly through the ranks to become the Engagement & Pursuit Centers Manager, Greece & Africa over nine years later. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Systems from the Morgan State University, Baltimore and he is an alumnus of the Said Business School – University of Oxford.

On the other hand, Femi Kupoluyi has over 20 years of cross-functional experience in relationship management, sales and marketing operations, forecasting and planning.

Prior to his appointment as Sales & Distribution Director, Airtel Nigeria, he was the Franchise Director, North and Central Region for Coca-Cola Nigeria and has been responsible for the design and implementation of profitable product portfolio growth models that revived and drove the growth of Coca-Cola Light and Fanta Flavour segments.

Kupoluyi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) and an MBA from the University of Benin.

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