Shishir Priyadarshi has been appointed as an independent director, Airtel said.
The announcement marks the formal exit of Kohli, who held leadership roles in Bharti Airtel since 2002. During his tenure as India head, he helped the company increase its customer base from 1 mn to 140 mn. Kohli was shifted to head African operations in 2010, but in 2013, he was shifted back to India with multiple roles in several markets, but with no direct responsibility for India’s telecom market.
Earlier this year, Airtel further announced Kohli is stepping down as managing director & CEO (International) of the telecom service provider, moving him completely out of daily operations of Airtel’s telecom business. Since then he has been looking after the non-telecom business of Bharti Enterprises in a new role.