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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.

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.

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

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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.

Famuyiwa Damilare is a trained journalist. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication at the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). Damilare is an innovative and transformational leader with broad-based expertise in journalism and media practice at large. He has explored his proven ability in the areas of reporting, curating and generating contents, creatively establishing social media engagements, and mobile editing of videos. It is safe to say he’s a multimedia journalist.


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