Airtel Africa hires MDs for DRC and Gabon

Indian telco giant names new managing directors for key African markets
Airtel Africa, Appointments, Telecoms Middle East and Africa


Airtel Africa has appointed two new managing directors to oversee its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon.

The telco has appointed Louis Lubala and Antoine Pamboro as the new managing directors of its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon respectively.

Luballa will lead an aggressive agenda in DRC to ramp up Airtel’s network throughout the country, while Pambaro will build the telco’s mobile data business in Gabon.

Pambaro holds a Master’s Degree in telecommunications civil engineering from the Superior National School of Telecommunications, France and a Bachelor’s degree in maths and physics from the University of Reims, France. A career engineer, he headed operations in Airtel DRC and brings over 28 years experience in the telecoms.

Airtel said that Gabon has one of Africa’s highest teledensity rates at over a 100% whilst DRC, the second largest country in Africa by area, has an about 25% mobile penetration.

Before his appointment as the managing director for DRC, Luballa headed Airtel’s operations in Gabon. He brings over 25 years’ experience from both the telecommunication and the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.

Luballa has also headed operations as the managing director for Niger between July 2008 and June 2010 and marketing director in Zambia from August 2006 to July 2008.

Tiemoko Coulibaly, CEO of Bharti Airtel in Francophone Africa, said: “Mr. Luballa and Mr. Pambaro have the requisite experience and leadership skills to successfully steer our top francophone operations.”

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