MTN Group today announced the appointment of Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer.

Cuba will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.

In this role, Cuba will lead the Group’s strategic expansion of its financial services and digital solutions efforts and transformation into a digital operator.

She replaces Stephen Van Coller. who resigned last year to be the boss of troubled JSE-listed technology group EOH.

Cuba brings extensive telecommunications and leadership experience to MTN Group.

She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A. She was previously the CEO of Vodafone Ghana for a three-year period, a role that saw her named Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018.

TechFinancials exclusively reported this morning that Cuba resigned with immediate effect at Vodacom.

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“This role gives me the opportunity to drive digital innovation and financial inclusion across the group’s vast footprint. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and being part of the MTN leadership team”, said Cuba.

MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter said he was very pleased to bring an executive of Cuba’s calibre into MTN Group.

“Cuba is a highly qualified and experienced executive, with a unique combination of operational telecommunications experience as well as finance, financial services and digital skills,” said Shuter.

“I am confident that Yolanda’s leadership will place us in good stead as we intensify our efforts to build a digital ecosystem and scale our FinTech offering across our markets”.

Under Yolanda’s leadership, MTN will continue to progressively grow the FinTech and digital opportunities in Africa as we see these areas as major drivers of our BRIGHT growth strategy. Yolanda’s start date will be communicated in due course.

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