Christian de Faria, MD&CEO – Airtel Africa, is a French National, who brings with him over 30 years of rich industry experience across multiple geographies, diverse sectors and organizations; such as MTN, Telekom Malaysia, Disc Vision, Deutsche Telecom and Grundig. Christian was recently appointed Executive Chairman – Airtel Africa, effective 1st April, 2016. Before joining Airtel, Christian was, for the last 7 years, associated with MTN where he held senior leadership positions including: Executive Vice President, responsible for the operations for West and Central Africa Region, and later as the Senior Vice President – Commercial and Innovation, responsible for transformation of the Group Supply Chain function. In his most recent position, he was the Group Commercial Officer at MTN for 2 years until Jan 2013. Christian is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Administration from the University of Toulouse, in France.