Airtel Nigeria appoints Carl Cruz, former Unilever chair, as MD/CEO



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Airtel Africa has appointed Carl Cruz as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria.

A statement signed in Lagos on Thursday by the company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Segun Ogunsanya, said the appointment would take effect from May 5, 2023.

He also said that Cruz would join the Executive Committee as the Regional Operating Director reporting to the Airtel Africa Group Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Airtel Networks Ltd (Nigeria).

Cruz has over 31 years of business and corporate experience from multiple geographies across Africa and Asia.

He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Unilever in West Africa, with responsibility and oversight of three listed operating companies, including Nigeria, Ghana, and Francophone Africa.

Cruz was a board member in the role of Executive Director in Unilever Nigeria Plc and a Non–Executive Director in the board of Unilever Ghana representing Unilever as a shareholder.

Prior to this new appointment , he was the Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Sri Lanka, in addition to occupying leadership roles in Unilever Philippines and Hindustan Unilever India.