MTN appoints senior directors

Operator appoints new CEOs for Nigeria and Ghana

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MTN appoints senior directors MTN has made three appointments for African territories.
By  Roger Field Published  July 25, 2013

MTN has made key appointments at its operations in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

Michael Ikpoki, formerly the CEO of MTN Ghana is the new CEO of MTN Nigeria, and Serame Taukobong, previously chief marketing officer of MTN SA, is the new CEO of MTN Ghana.

Brian Gouldie, chief customer sales, service and distribution officer at MTN SA, is the new CMO of MTN South Africa. Farhad Khan, executive for the group enterprise business unit, takes over from Gouldie as chief customer sales, service and distribution officer at MTN SA. Philisiwe Sibiya, executive in group finance, is the new CFO of MTN SA.

"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," said MTN Group president and CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa.

MTN Nigeria's new CEO, Ikpoki, replaces Brett Goschen, who took on the role of group CFO 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. He joined MTN in 2001 as a regulatory advisor after a six-year stint with the Nigerian Communications Commission's legal division.

Sibiya completed her studies at the University of Natal and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining MTN, she served with Arthur Anderson, Prime Media and Cell C.

She has extensive financial experience in the telecoms sector, gained over a 10-year period. She has held various positions in the Group Finance function in the last seven years, including consolidations, management reporting and technical accounting.

Khan is the former CEO of MTN Zambia. He was also the executive for marketing and customer relations at MTN Irancell. Before that, he was the General Manager for Marketing at MTN SA.

Gouldie has extensive experience in finance, billing and collections, systems development, call centre management, procurement and distribution. He accepted his first executive position as the customer operations executive with MTN Nigeria. After re-joining MTN SA in 2006, Gouldie gained considerable experience in Sales and Distribution.

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