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MTN hires African chiefs

Karl Toriola will replace outgoing MTN Cameroon CEO Philippe Vandebrouck next month.

Africa’s largest cellular operator, MTN, has appointed new CEOs for its Zambian and Cameroonian operations.

The company says, in a statement, the appointments are part of its plan to continue to invest in “talent to bolster its managerial and leadership backbone”.

MTN says Abdul Ismail will head up its Zambian operation, while Karl Toriola has been appointed as CEO of MTN Cameroon. Both appointments will take effect from next month.

The operator, which launched in 1994, has a presence in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and is reported to be in talks to buy out Vodacom’s operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the end of June, it had 152.3 million subscribers across its operations.

Ismail, currently CIO of MTN Nigeria, will take over from Farhad Khan, who has headed MTN Zambia since September 2009. During his tenure, Khan grew the operators’ market share from 28% to 36%, says MTN.

MTN did not indicate what position Khan will fill, or whether he is staying with the company.

Ismail joined MTN SA in 1998 as systems support manager, and was subsequently promoted to senior manager for IS delivery, and then became GM in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed as CIO of MTN Irancell and became CIO at its Nigerian operation three years later.

Toriola, currently MTN Nigeria’s CTO, will replace outgoing MTN Cameroon CEO Philippe Vandebrouck, who is retiring.

Toriola joined the MTN Group in 2006 as an operations consultant, and then moved to MTN Nigeria, where he was responsible for the operation’s technology strategy. His previous experience includes roles with VMobile Nigeria, Econet and Ericsson in Nigeria.

MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa congratulated the incoming CEOs in their new roles, and thanked Khan and Vandebrouck for their “invaluable contribution”.

By Staff writer, ITWeb | 19 Oct 2011|


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