Bharti Enterprises has appointed Rahul Bhatnagar as managing director and chief financial officer.
Rahul takes over from Manoj Kohli, who has assumed the role of executive chairman of SBG Cleantech, a joint venture between SoftBank, Bharti and Foxconn for renewable energy.
Rahul, a PepsiCo veteran, will report to Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises.
The new MD of Bharti Enterprises will build business value proposition for Bharti’s non-telecom businesses. He will be responsible for strengthening the financial management processes and governance of these businesses and also lead new business development for the group. Bharti Enterprises is one the main share holders of Bharti Airtel.
“Bharti has always attracted the best of talent and I am confident that Rahul’s vast experience will add immense value to Bharti’s emerging business portfolio,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal.
At PepsiCo, he worked for over 19 years in various senior level positions across geographies. He was the CFO for the India business (1996 to 2003), CFO – Beverages and Snacks businesses for the APAC Region (2003 to 2009), and most recently he was VP – Business Services & CFO for WorldWide Flavors business for Ireland (2009 to 2015).
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Rahul was CFO for Seagram India (1994 to 1996) and before that he was the Financial Controller for Nestle India, said Bharti Enterprises in a statement.