MTN readies leadership shuffle in African units

MTN readies leadership shuffle in African units

MTN Group has announced plans to shake up its c-suite team in three African units to support a growth strategy through developing its fintech and fibre businesses.

In a statement, MTN has revealed it will make internal senior leadership appointments in Nigeria, Iran and Sudan. All three are effective April 1.

MTN Nigeria will see a new COO in the form Hassan Jaber, coming from MTN Irancell, bringing with him 25 years of telecoms and digital experience.

The operator group detailed how Jaber has a track record in building and scaling operations and developing digital businesses which will be instrumental to its Nigerian unit’s development. Previously he served MTN in numerous markets, including Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

MTN Sudan chief executive Malik Melami replaces Jaber in Iran after five years at the helm of the North African unit. Previously served as MTN Benin CEO and as executive for sales and distribution and customer experience at group level, and possesses over 28 years of managerial and executive experience.

Sidestepping into the CEO role at MTN Sudan is Ziad Sabah who has been with MTN for over a decade, most recently as MTN Syria CEO a role he was promoted to from chief of marketing. 

“A vital enabler of our strategy is having the best talent, culture and future-fit skills. Today’s announcement demonstrates the depth of talent within the group, as well as the strength of our succession planning,” said MTN Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita.

“These appointments demonstrate the depth of leadership bench-strength within the MTN Group, and we remain focused on delivering sustainable growth to our stakeholders. Nigeria, Iran and Sudan are markets with attractive demographics and tremendous potential growth opportunities for digital and financial inclusion.”

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