South Africa: A new boss for MTN Telecom Group

Rob Shuter, current CEO of the Europe division of the British operator Vodafone has been appointed CEO of the South African telecom group MTN. He replaces Sifiso Dabengwa, who resigned last November.

MTN Group has announced the appointment of Rob Shuter to the position of CEO of the South African telecom group. Rob Shuter, currently general manager of the Europe division of the British telecom operator Vodafone, replaces Sifiso Dabengwa, who resigned last November after  the Nigerian authorities imposed a massive fine of $ 5.2 billion on the company. This scandal had revealed corporate governance flaws in the largest mobile operator in Africa. Phuthuma Nhleko, was appointed interim CEO in November 2015 to manage the giant fine of $ 5.2 billion imposed on the South African operator in Nigeria and reduced to $ 1.6 billion in June .

Choosing Rob Shuter by MTN Group is justified by its experience in the telecommunications sector. Indeed, the new CEO has held various positions of responsibility within Vodacom Group before joining Vodafone. « Rob will bring experience and new knowledge to the role of CEO with many years of experience  in the telecommunications sector in Africa and Europe (…). His expertise will help MTN to pursue its new business development strategy » explains the company. Rob Shuter will take up the post « as soon as possible in 2017, but before July 1, 2017 » clarifies the South African-group. The operator MTN is present in 22 countries, including Ghana, Ivory coast and Nigeria, and has a portfolio of 230 million subscribers.


By Malick Diallo

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