Airtel Business appoints Harish Laddha as CEO – Emerging Business

Airtel Business, the B2B unit of Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s premier communications solutions provider, has appointed Harish Laddha as CEO – Emerging Business. Harish will report to Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO – Airtel Business.

In his new role, Harish will be responsible for identifying and leveraging growth opportunities in emerging categories such as Small and Medium Business (SMB) segment. He will lead a dedicated team to bring to market highly differentiated offerings for these emerging segments.

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Commenting on the appointment, Ajay Chitakara said, “As the Indian economy evolves over the next decade, the SMB segment, in particular, offers a massive opportunity to enable digital transformation of tens of millions of traditional business. Airtel Business with its end to end portfolio is well positioned to serve the requirements of these businesses. I am delighted to welcome Harish on board and am confident that under his leadership we will create sharper focus on the emerging growth opportunities.”

Harish Laddha is an alumni of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from MIT, Pune. Harish has over 25 years of rich experience, across Ingram Micro, Tata Communications and Tech Pacific. In his last role as the Executive Director – India Sales at Ingram Micro, he was responsible for driving a $3B+ annual revenue stream. Prior to leading Sales, he was the Director for Ingram’s Cloud Business in India, wherein he built the business from ground up.

Airtel Business clocked Rs 14.407 cr in revenues for FY ended March 2021. It is India’s largest player in the B2B connectivity space and its portfolio includes Cloud, Data Center, IoT, Cyber Security and Ad Tech.

Headquartered in India, Airtel is a global communications solutions provider with over 471 mn customers in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa.

The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and its networks cover over two billion people. Airtel is India’s largest integrated communications solutions provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa.

Airtel’s retail portfolio includes high speed 4G/4.5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1 Gbps with convergence across linear and on-demand entertainment, streaming services spanning music and video, digital payments and financial services.