Mr Correia will be joining Airtel Africa from the Liquid Telecommunications Group where he has been the Managing Director for the South Africa Operations as well as the Group Director of Operations for the entire Liquid Group.
Speaking on the appointment, Airtel Africa’s Chief Executive Officer Christian de Faria said, ‘Mr Correia will be taking over from Charity Lumpa, who has requested to leave the company on early retirement to pursue other personal interests. During her tenure as Managing Director, Ms. Lumpa has invested time and effort in building a strong corporate reputation and improving our network quality. The operation has won several awards during her tenure. Please join me in welcoming Mr Correia to Airtel Africa and in wishing Ms Lumpa all the very best in her future endeavours as she hands over to”.
Mr. Correia, a graduate of Electronic Engineering, will be coming into Airtel with broad telecommunications experience from several operators.
He worked with Siemens Ltd South Africa as an Electrical Engineer before joining the Vodacom Group as Manager Planning and Optimization for the South African GSM business.
He then joined the Department of Posts & Telecommunications – South Africa, after which he moved on to MASCOM Botswana where worked as Project Director – Network Services.
Mr. Correia then worked with Econet Wireless International, first as General Manager – Network Services – Zimbabwe, then as Chief Engineer Network services and later as Group Chief Technical Officer – South Africa.
In February 2001, he moved to Mozambique Cellular SARL as Chief executive officer and later worked with Vodacom as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director from 2005 to 2011, before moving to Liquid Telecommunications.