International mobile operator Airtel has today replaced Saulos Chilima, managing director in Malawi and appointed Amadou Dina as acting managing director.
Chilima resigned after was picked by Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Peter Mutharika for the position of running mate in the forthcoming May 20 Tripartite Elections.
In a statement Nation Online has seen Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer Christian de Faria said the change follows “the resignation” of Chilima, “who has left the organisation to pursue other personal interests.”
The statement further revealed that the new Managing Director will be announced in due course.
Amadou was until his appointment Finance Director for Airtel Malawi.
The mobile operator was given a further 10-year licence in Malawi last recently.
On Monday Chilima was picked by Peter Mutharika for the position of running mate and the two have since presented their nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
“I have to resign at Airtel as well as a board member of various companies such as Inde Bank. I will become a technocratic vice-president once voted into power,” Chilima told the press on Monday after being unveiled as Mutharika’s presidential running mate.
He explained that when he was approached with the offer, he took some time to consult his colleagues, family, and religious leaders.
“I sacrificed my job to partner Professor Peter Mutharika, it is a big risk, not easy decision,” said Chilima.
Chilima, born on February 12 1973, was appointed Airtel Malawi managing director in August 2010.
CAPTION: Chilima is now Peter Mutharika’s running mate.
See Airtel Media Statement Below:
Airtel Announces Leadership Change in Malawi
Mr. Amadou Dina, currently the Finance Director for Airtel Malawi, has been appointed as the Acting Managing Director for Airtel Malawi. This follows the resignation of Mr. Saulos Chilima, who has left the organization to pursue other personal interests outside the organization. The new Managing Director will be announced in due course.
Christian de Faria
Chief Executive Officer