TANZANIA – Airtel Africa has appointed George Mathen as Manging Director for Airtel Tanzania effective 1st October 2019.

Mr. Mathen has more than 20years’ of experience in Senior Management roles, with experience in the telecommunications and FMCG sectors.

Prior to joining Airtel Africa, he was CEO- homes, at Bharti Airtel in India where he designed and implemented the Airtel Home Strategy.

Prior to taking up the role, he has also been the CEO of various circles within the Indian Business. Before joining Bharti Airtel, George also spent ten years in Coca Cola India in several capacities including area general manager and sales manager across various regions.

George Mathen – Manging Director Airtel Tanzania

Commenting on this appointment, Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer Raghunath Mandava, said they are excited to welcome the new managing director to airtel Tanzania.

“He will be responsible for the profitable growth of the business and help airtel to be the preferred telecom brand to bridge the digital divide and prefeed partner to grow financial inclusion,” he said.

This comes at a time Airtel Tanzania and Airtel Kenya team up to allow cross border money transfer service.

Speaking Airtel Tanzania Communication and Regulatory Affairs Director, Beatrice Singano said the company continues to lead in servicing more cross-border money transfer corridors.

“Launching transactions between Kenya and Tanzania will make it more convenient for individuals to transact across borders and unleash the transformative power of a first of its kind cross-border payment network,” Singano said.

She said Airtel Money customers will now be able to send and receive money from Kenya, in a move that is aimed at deepening financial services, a further boost to the regional agenda.

The move will benefit over eight million Airtel Money subscribers in the country.

Currently, Airtel Money customers are already receiving money directly to their mobile phones, from Airtel Tanzania’s sister operator in Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi