MTN Appoints Insider As Group CTO, Poaches Other Execs

"Charles, Nikos, David, Motselisi and Nompilo bring valuable skills and experience to their new roles, which will stand them in good stead to lead their respective business units and support the delivery of our BRIGHT strategy."

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MTN has appointed Charles Molapisi, a CEO of MTN Zambia, as its new group chief technology and information officer, an insider to support the delivery of the company’s BRIGHT strategy.

Molapisi, whose appointment is effective 1 January 2019, will replace Babak Fouladi -who resigned from the company to take up another opportunity in Europe.

The appointment of an insider marks a turnaround from a mobile phone giant, which has recently has been focusing on poaching executives from rivals, especially Vodacom after the departure of CEO  Sifiso Dabegwa and other executives due to the hefty Nigerian fine.

The South African-based mobile phone operator said Molapisi is a seasoned professional, with more than 16 years of experience in both fixed and mobile telephony.

He has worked for Telkom and Liberty Life prior to joining MTN, and held various senior management positions in MTN Nigeria, including that of chief information officer.

His current role is that of CEO of MTN Zambia where his championing of a pro-customer positioning resulted in the company leading all competitors in customer experience metrics, the company said on Friday.

Molapisi holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, a post-graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Additionally, he has completed courses on strategy and talent with Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and the Institute for Management Development in Switzerland.

In light of Charles’s move to MTN Group, former MTN Cyprus CEO, Philip van Dalsen, has been appointed MTN Zambia CEO, said MTN.

Van Dalsen will also take up his new role on 1 January 2019.

MTN also announced more senior appointments

The company announced that David Gilarranz has been appointed as the CEO for MTN Digital.

Gilarranz is a seasoned leader with more than 28 years of experience in telecommunications and digital services.

The company said Gilarranz spent his early career in companies such as Verizon and Convergys, in strategic planning and sales management, and later co-founded the company Cyclelogic, one of America’s early movers in the texting and mobile internet services space.

He joined MTN from Millicom where he was the VP: Digital and Innovation. The recent Simfy acquisition will report directly to David as part of his portfolio.

MTN also tapped UAE’s Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company’s executive VP for IT & Product Engineering, Nikos Angelopoulos as Group CIO, accountable for Information Technology Design and Delivery.

The company said Angelopoulos will be responsible for managing and maintaining the standard IT architecture across MTN Group, and, in line with the strategy, ensure that the company leads innovation and customer experience.

He started his career with Accenture in the UK where he spent 15 years helping clients in different industries to start their digital journeys. His first engagements were in the financial services industry where he worked on the digital transformation of the London Stock Exchange.

He later moved to telecommunications, working with cable operators and telcos in Europe, Asia and the United States to focus on launching digital television platforms and services.

After Accenture, Angelopoulos joined Vodafone where he held various senior management positions including CIO for Vodafone Italy and South Europe region and member of the Group IT Board.

MTN also announced the appointment of Motselisi Molapo as the new executive for Group Internal Audi and Forensics. He will join MTN on 14 January 2019 from Liberty Holdings, where she was the Chief Audit Executive reporting to the Audit Committee. Prior to this, she held senior roles at AngloGold Ashanti and PwC. She has more than 18 years of experience in the audit environment across multiple industries, having worked in South Africa and the USA.

Nompilo Morafo has been appointed as Executive for Group Corporate Services and Sustainability, effective 1 February 2019.

She joins MTN from LafargeHolcim, where she was the Country Director for Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining LafargeHolcim, she held the role of Vice President for Country Management and Public Affairs for Sasol’s International Exploration and Production. As the Executive for Corporate Services and Sustainability,

Will be responsible for managing MTN’s reputation in the marketplace, through the coordination of the corporate communication, public affairs, sustainability, events and sponsorship, and Corporate Social Investment (CSI) functions across the company’s footprint.

MTN Group CEO, Rob Shuter said, “Charles, Nikos, David, Motselisi and Nompilo bring valuable skills and experience to their new roles, which will stand them in good stead to lead their respective business units and support the delivery of our BRIGHT strategy.”

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