Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), mobile service provider globally, today said that Manish Khera, Co-founder & MD of YTS Solutions will be appointed as CEO of Airtel M Commerce Services Limited (AMSL), which offers Airtel’s flagship semi-closed wallet under the brand name ‘Airtel Money’. Once appointed, Khera will be a part of the Airtel Management Board and report to Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO of Bharti Airtel (India & South Asia).
Commenting on the appointment, Gopal Vittal said, “I am delighted to announce that Manish Khera will join AMSL as Chief Executive Officer. A trend-setter in the domain areas of financial inclusion, payments & banking, Manish combines the spirit of entrepreneurship with a passion for technology and commitment to serve millions. I am confident that his rich domain expertise will add immense value to our plans and help lead our mobile commerce and payments business to reach millions of underserved Indians."
Manish Khera said, “I was fortunate to go through the retail banking explosion in the early part of my career, and then to drive a host of financial inclusion initiatives in the country under the guidance of banking stalwarts. I am now excited at the opportunity of working with India’s largest telecom company and leading its vision of delivering a transformed m-Commerce experience for million across the country.”
Khera is a recipient of several honours, including “Young Global Leader-2011” by World Economic Forum, “Entrepreneur of the Year” by EY, and the “Forbes India Leadership Award – 2012” in the “Outstanding Start-up” category. Prior to founding YTS, Manish was MD & CEO of FINO Pay Tech Ltd, and earlier worked in ICICI Bank.
AMSL, the wholly owned subsidiary of Airtel also announced that it would integrate the payments and remittance businesses of YTS Solutions.