Airtel appoints Roy Masamba as CHRO, Africa

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The former director-resources at Safaricom, comes with over 20 years of global experience in HR.

Airtel, the Indian global telecom major recently appointed Roy Masamba as the chief human resources officer for its Africa business.

Roy started his career at British American Tobacco in Zimbabwe in 1992, where he served in several roles in production before moving to human resources. He took the role of group human resources director-Zimbabwe, and thereafter, as human resources and administration director at British American Tobacco, Angola.

His stint in the telecom industry began with the Zain Group in January 2006, as group human resources director, Africa Operations, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He then moved on to geography roles in Nigeria and Bahrain.

In December, 2009 Roy joined Vodafone and was based in London, UK where he was promoted to the position of vice president HR – Verizon Vodafone Enterprise Service. In November 2012, he was seconded to Safaricom (an affiliate of Vodafone Group) as director resources (HR, facilities, fleet, health and safety), a role he held until accepting his appointment at Airtel Africa.

Welcoming him to the Group, B Srikanth, global chief human resources officer, Airtel said, “A seasoned professional with over 20 years of global HR experience, I am sure that under Roy’s leadership, the HR function in Africa will be a great partner to business in Airtel’s growth journey”.

An electrical engineer by training, Roy holds an MBA in general management from the Cranfield School of Management.

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