Airtel Rwanda Gets New Managing Director

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Mr. Bhullar has been the Managing Director for Airtel Sierra Leone since the launch of the Airtel Brand in the country in November 2010 and in Airtel Seychelles prior to that.

He is expected to support further developments in the telecoms operator’s newest operation.

“With his diverse experience in blue chip organizations and skills, Teddy is a great fit for Rwanda. His drive for results and passion for improving the lives of the people around him makes us all extremely confident that he is best placed to coach the new team at Airtel in Rwanda into the next frontier,” said Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa CEO while making the announcement.

The new MD brings 32 years of wide-ranging experience having worked at Tata Tea Ltd, Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola and Airtel.


Mr. Bhullar holds an MBA Degree and has also attended various Leadership programmes at CCL in Singapore.

Mr. de Faria revealed that Teddy will succeed Mr. MarcellinPaluku who will now head Airtel Money at a pan-African level for a cluster of Operating Countries.

He has successfully led Airtel Rwanda since its inception in 2011, which he managed to launch three months ahead of schedule.

Over his tenure in Rwanda, Airtel not only has the best Internet service in the country, but more than 1 million Rwandans have adopted Airtel as their network.

“Airtel Money has had significant growth momentum in the last couple of years. Mr. Paluku is an important addition to the team at the Airtel Africa Headquarters with his practical expertise in developing one of the fastest growing services in Africa and will work with an excellent team.” commented Mr. de Faria.

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