Country Head

Sept 11, 2007 (LBO) – Bhart Airtel has appointed Olof Haag, a former Ericsson executive, as the country head for Sri Lanka, the company said Tuesday. Haag would be the Chairman of Bharti Airtel Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka’s fifth mobile operator which is due to start operations early in 2008.

“I am confident that his rich experience in the telecom sector will go a long way in fulfilling our objective of providing world-class services to customers and becoming a leading player in the Sri Lankan market,’’ Sanjay Kapoor, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel Limited said in a statement.

A chief executive officer would be appointed later, Bharti said.

Haag had begun his career with Ericsson and has worked in senior positions across the globe.

He was vice president Ericsson Asia Pacific Ltd. and was responsible for market development in Asia Pacific.

He has been the Chairman of the Board of Ericsson India and also chaired the Boards of Ericsson in several Asian markets, Bharti said.

Before joining Bharti, Haag was Chairman of The Asia Consulting Bureau Pvt. Ltd., Sri Lanka.