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Ikpoki is first MTN Nigeria local CEO

25 July 2013, 09:05Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The MTN Group has named Michael Ikpoki as the new Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, making him the first Nigerian to lead the country's largest mobile operator.

He replaces Brett Goschen, who took on the role of MTN Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Financial Director on Monday.

Before his appointment, Ikpoki was the CEO of MTN Ghana.

He was appointed to that position CEO in April 2011 after successfully running MTN Nigeria’s Sales and Distribution channel as its executive from 2006.

Ikpoki joined MTN in 2001 as a Regulatory advisor after a six-year stint with the Nigerian Communications Commission’s 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 and LLB from Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

Meanwhile, his elevation was among a number of appointments the MTN Group announced.

Serame Taukobong, erstwhile 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 takes over from him.

Farhad Khan, executive for the Group Enterprise Business Unit, takes over from Gouldie.

Philisiwe Sibiya, executive in Group Finance, is the new Chief Financial Officer of MTN SA.

MTN Group President and CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa, confirmed the appointments.

“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,” he said.

- CAJ News


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