MTN gets first Nigerian CEO

MTN Group has named Mr. Michael Ikpoki, currently the CEO of MTN Ghana as the new Chief Executive Officer  (CEO) of MTN Nigeria. A statement by the Group said, “Ikpoki replaces Brett Goschen, who took on the role of MTN Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Financial Director on the board on Monday.

“Ikpoki was appointed CEO of MTN Ghana in April 2011 after successfully running MTN Nigeria’s Sales and Distribution Channel as its Executive from 2006.”

The new CEO, who was also the first Nigerian to join MTN in 2001 as a regulatory adviser after a six-year stint with the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) legal division.

A seasoned business executive, Ikpoki is well read with an academic profile that includes General Management Programme at Harvard Business School; Sales, from INSEAD Business School; Finance and Analytics from Lagos Business School (LBS) and LLB from Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

Other appointments announced by MTN Group, according to President and CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa, include Serame Taukobong, erstwhile Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of MTN South Africa (SA), who will now save as the new CEO of MTN Ghana, Brian Gouldie, Chief Customer, Sales, Service and Distribution Officer at MTN SA, is the new CMO of MTN SA while Farhad Khan, Executive for the Group Enterprise Business Unit, takes over from Gouldie becomes Chief Customer Sales, Service and Distribution Officer at MTN SA. Similarly, Philisiwe Sibiya, Executive in Group Finance, is now the new Chief Financial Officer of MTN SA. All the appointments are with immediate effect.

“MTN has a strong leadership bench strength. As part of its talent management and leadership development, MTN invests significantly towards building a sustainable supply of quality leaders. We are therefore pleased to make these announcements drawn from our leadership succession pool,” the company said.

Source: Sun

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