Robi’s first local chief takes charge tomorrow

Mobile phone operator Robi's first ever Bangladeshi Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mahtab Uddin Ahmed will take over the charge of office tomorrow.

He will be succeeding Supun Weerasinghe who had served the company since January 2014, said a Robi release today.

Mahtab's appointment as MD and CEO came as part of Robi's ongoing efforts towards developing and promoting local Bangladeshi talent.

The announcement of Mahtab becoming the new CEO came in July this year when he was on a special assignment in Axiata Group. He then returned to Robi's Leadership team on 1 September 2016 in the capacity of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, leading up to the completion of succession as CEO.

"Over the years, talent management has been a key part of the Axiata strategy and our relentless focus on leadership development has today ensured a pool of capable people ready to take on CEO and leadership roles across our companies," said Axiata Group Berhad's President and Group CEO Tan Sri Jamaluddin Ibrahim terming Bangladesh operations as an important and key market for the Group.

"As Robi strengthens its position in the market with the merger of Bharti Airtel, I'm confident Mahtab, being the first Bangladeshi, will provide strong leadership and vision for the merged entity," he added.

Mahtab held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Robi from April 2014 to March 2016. He joined Robi in 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the position which he held till 2014.

Prior to joining Robi, Mahtab spent 17 years of his career with Unilever where he held various business and finance leadership positions including the post of Finance Director in various operating companies like Unilever Pakistan, Unilever Arabia and Unilever Bangladesh.

Mahtab holds a Bachelor of Honours and Masters in Accounting from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also a Fellow member of Institute of Cost and Management Accountant of Bangladesh (ICMAB), FCMA and CGMA of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK). He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP 190).

On the other hand, Supun will return to Dialog Axiata Plc (Dialog), Sri Lanka's premier connectivity provider as its Group CEO effective 1 January 2017.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)