MTN today announced it has appointed Stephen van Coller as vice president of strategy and mergers & acquisitions effective 1 October 2016. Van Coller is currently the CEO: Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays Africa.
MTN also announce the departure of Brett Goschen as chief financial officer and will be replaced by MTN Rwanda CEO Gunter Engling as an acting CFO. The mobile phone operator said Goschen will be leaving MTN effective 30 September 2016 to pursue other interests.
“We thank Brett for his considerable contribution to the Group over a period of 14 years and wish him well in his new endeavours,” the company said.
MTN added in a statement that it expect to announce a deputy of mergers & acquisitions shortly.
The company said it was confident that the process of reviewing its capacity,resources, governance and management structures will be substantially completed by year end and will leave the group well positioned to successfully face a highly competitive environment and take advantage of new opportunities.
Van Coller joined Barclays Africa in 2006 and was appointed to the executive committee in 2009.
He will help MTN to continue its efforts to develop participation in the enterprise sector and adjacent sectors such as financial services and media and entertainment.
“As the head of strategy and mergers & acquisitions, we are confident that Stephen’s experience will be instrumental in helping the Group realise its ambitions and commitments,” the company said.
Van Coller is a qualified chartered accountant. He has over two decades in financial services, 10 years at Deutsche Bank (DB) from 1996 as a managing director of Investment Banking, an executive committee member and foundation trustee for DB in South Africa. The last 10 years were at Barclays Africa where he has held the positions of head of Primary Markets: Absa Capital, and more recently CEO of the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) overseeing over R250 billion in assets spanned across 13 African countries