Africa & Middle East senior telecoms industry appointments

Kenya: 21 June 2016 - Safaricom's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) John Tombleson is due to leave the Kenyan operator after a five-year stint, Business Daily has reported. Tombleson was named as CFO in October 2011, and was formerly acting CEO and CFO at Vodafone Qatar. He replaced Chris Tiffin, who left Safaricom after a three week transition period. 


Ghana: 18 June 2016: -  The new Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has been named as William Tevie. The appointment was formally announced by President John Dramani Mahama. Tevie was appointed in an acting capacity on 22 June, 2015, replacing the previous Director General, Paarock VanPercy.

Kenya: 15 June 2016 -  Orange Kenya’s new owner Helios Investment Partners has named former Orascom executive Aldo Mareuse as Chief Executive Officer, the Business Daily reported. Mareuse, an engineer by profession and former Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding, takes over from Vincent Lobry, who has served since September 2014. John Barorot, former Safaricom Chief Technical Officer (CTO), has been named as Chief Technical and Information Officer (CTIO), replacing Jean Marie Garcia.

Rwanda: 12 May 2016 - Tigo Rwanda has appointed Philip Amoateng as its new General Manager. Amoateng was previously Tigo Ghana's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a former CFO to Tigo Rwanda for four years. He replaces Tongai Maramba, and will take up his new post on 1 June.

South Africa: 9 May 2016 - MTN Group has named Babak Fouladi as its Group Executive for Technology and Information systems. He will be responsible for delivery of MTN’s network and IT strategy across the group’s 22 operations. MTN said in a statement that he will temporarily cover the vacant Chief Technology Officer role in MTN South Africa until a permanent appointment is made. 

Uganda: 5 May 2016 - Airtel Uganda has issued a statement saying that Chief Executive Officer Tom Gutjahr is leaving Uganda and Airtel, The Monitor reported. He joined Airtel Uganda in August 2014, almost a year after the operator acquired Warid Telecom. On his appointment in 2014, Gutjahr was tasked with making Airtel Money more accessible and expanding Internet connectivity via its 3G network. Gutjahr will leave at the end of May 2016 to head Djezzy (OTA) in Algeria. Anwar Soussa has been named as the new Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, who will take over with effect from June 1, 2016.

Kenya: 4 May 2016 - In a gazette notice dated 4 May 2015, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has announced the appointment of seven new officials to the CA board.  The new members are Paul Kikubo, Mugambi Nandi, Levi Obonyo Owino, Christopher Guyo, Patricia Kimama, David Cheruiyot Kitur and Kentice Tikolo. All are to serve for a three year period effective 29 May 2016.

Africa (Ericsson): May 2016 - Ericsson has appointed Jean-Claude Geha as Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa region with effect from 1 July 2016, and replaces Fredrik Jejdling. Jean-Claude has been active in the ICT industry for over 25 years. Currently as Global head of Managed Services, he has been instrumental in extending Ericsson’s managed services leadership globally, including here in Africa.

Uganda: 1 May 2016 - Bharti Airtel has named Anwar Soussa as the new Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, with effect from 1 June 2016.  Soussa was the Managing Director for Airtel Chad since 1 May 2015. Soussa joined Airtel from MTN Cyprus where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the American College of Greece and a Master of Science degree in Marketing from Concordia University, Canada.

Saudi Arabia: Seniors for STC - Mobily has named Essam bin Othman Al Jubair as head of its Business Support unit, responsible for the supply chain, purchasing, facilities and administration. He will report directly to the CEO. Mobily has also appointed Tareq Alangari as Executive General Manager of Investors Relations.  He worked as a consultant in the Capital Market Authority prior to joining Mobily. Faiez Awadh, Chief Human Resources Officer at Mobily, noted the appointment of Saudi competencies in leadership posts.

South Africa: May 2016 - The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) is to have a new CEO in the form of Lumko Mtimde, ITWeb reported. The previous CEO, Zami Nkosi, departed at the end of April when his contract expired and was not renewed. In the interim, Makhotso Moiloa was the State-owned enterprise’s acting CEO. 

Mtimde is the former head of the state-funded Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). He was also recently appointed chief of staff in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mnister Senzeni Zokwana's office. 

South Africa: May 2016 - Sentech has appointed Clarinda Simpson as Chief Financial Officer of the signal distributor. Her appointment comes six months after the State-owned enterprise appointed Mlamli Booi as its Chief Executive Officer. 

Simpson was former CFO at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), and Head of Finance at the Financial Services Board, as well as senior manager at the Office of the Auditor-General. 

Nigeria: 12 April 2016: Etisalat Nigeria has appointed three new directors. Etisalat said that its new Director of Consumer Segment is Adeolu Dairo; the new Director of Brand & Experience is Elvis Ogiemwanye and Eric Uwaoma has been named as Director of Enterprise Segment.

Egypt: 7 April 2016: The government replaced all of its representatives on Telecom Egypt's board on 30 March. TE announced that Maged Othman is now Chairman and Tamer Gadallah as its new Executive Vice President and CEO of TE Data. Maged Osman was former Minister of Communications and Information Technology and head of the Baseera Centre, and was also a member of the Orange board. He resigned his post at Orange the day after accepting the post at TE Data.  

Other appointees are Eskandar Tooma, Hany Seif El Nasr, Muhammad Abdul Latif, Ahmed Gamal Abu Ali, Loubna  Hilal, Ahmed Mohamed Hamdy, Mohamed Hassan Shamrokh, and Ashraf Faried.
Nigeria: 31 March 2016 - Vodacom Business has appointed Nigerian Lanre Kolade as its Managing Director with effect from 1 April. He replaces Guy Clarke, who, after an eight years reign, is returning to South Africa to take up the role of Managing Director, Vodacom Business Africa. 
South Africa: 24 March 2016 - 
MTN South Africa has appointed Larry Annetts to the post of Chief Consumer Officer with immediate effect. In June 2014 Annetts was named as MTN South Africa's new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), and he replaced Brian Gouldie. 
United Arab Emirates: 17 March 2016 - 
Etisalat Group’s Chief Executive Ahmad Julfar has stood down. Julfar notified the board of his resignation on Wednesday last week. Etisalat told the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange that he was stepping down for personal reasons. Former Vodafone Egypt chairman Hatem Dowidar is now acting Chief Executive until the group restructures at the end of June 2016. 

Botswana: 17 March 2016 - Orange Botswana has named Mr Gobe Mbayi as its new Chief Technical and Information officer (CTIO). Mbayi has recently returned from a eight month stay in France where he served as the Subscriber Data Management Strategy Country Manager. Michel Levet previously held the post for 4 years, and is a French national. 

Algeria: 17 March 2016 - Ghada Gebara is stepping down as Djezzy CEO to take up a new role at VimpelCom Headquarters. 

MENA: 11 March 2016 - Samena Council - the South Asia, Middle East, North Africa region's telecoms industry association - has elected Khalid H. Biyari, CEO of Saudi Telecom Company Group as the Chairman of its board. Ihab Hinnawi, Group CEO of Batelco has been elected as vice-chairman. Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioglu, Turksat CEO Ensar Gul, Viva Kuwait CEO Salman Al Badran and Zain Group CEO Scott Gegenheimer were elected as new Board members.

United Arab Emirates: Etisalat International - Daniel Ritz has been named as Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd's (PTCL) new Chief Executive, effective from 2 March . Ritz replaces Walid Irshaid, who has served as President and CEO of the Pakistani operator since March 2007. 

South Africa: 9 March 2016 - On 9 March 2016 Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) said that its Chief Executive Officer Gustav Smit is to resign. Gustav cofounded DFA in 2007 and will step-down at the end of June 2016. The company has created an open access fibre network of more than 9000 km. He is to be succeeded by Thinus Mulder, the current Chief Financial Officer.

United Arab Emirates: 7 March 2016 -Etisalat's Daniel Ritz has been named as Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd's (PTCL) new Chief Executive, effective on 2 March, ProPakistani reported. PTCL's mobile business also has a new Chief Executive, as Reiner Rathgeber replaces Abdul Aziz as CEO of Ufone.

Zimbabwe: 7 March 2016 - Converged communication service provider Africom Holdings’ CEO Kwanayi Kashangura has stepped down with effect from 1 February, Bulawayo24/7 reported. Kashangura will now serve as a non-executive board member. He has been with the company since its formation in 1995.

Malawi: 4 March 2016 Airtel Malawi has named Charles Kamoto as Managing Director with effect from 1 March, the Nyasa Times reported. Kamoto is the second Malawian to hold the post. He replaces Saulos Chilima, who left in early 2014, and is now the country's vice-president.

Saudi Arabia: 22 February 2016 - Mobily announced the appointment Majid Abdulaziz Al Otaibi as senior executive officer strategic planning and marketing in its business unit, Trade Arabia reported. Al Otaibi is expected to play a key role in the development of marketing strategies for the business sector, especially considering his expertise in both telecom sector and familiarity with Saudi business environment.

South Africa: Contract terms confirmed - Vodacom has won a legal battle against its former Chief Officer for consumer business Godfrey Motsa. He resigned in December to join MTN. Motsa resigned on 23 December 2015 to take up the position of vice-president for South and East Africa at MTN Group, effective from 1 January 2016. Vodacom sought to enforce Motsa's contract, which included a six-month notice period and a restraint of trade for a further six months. Motsa will now spend six months on gardening leave until the expiry of his notice period in June 2016 and then may not work for a mobile operator for a further six months.

South Africa: 5 February 2016 - VMware, a Cloud infrastructure specialist, has named Matthew Kibby as its Regional Director of Sub-Saharan Africa. Kibby will be based in Johannesburg, and reports to Henri van der Vaeren, Vice President South Europe, Middle East & Africa (SEMEA) at VMware. He joins VMware from Oracle where he held a number of senior sales roles in technology and financial services.

Saudi Arabia: 5 February 2016: Mobile operator Mobily has named a number of Saudi Arabian nationals as new appointments to its senior management. The new Executive General Manager of Organisation Development has been named as Ahmed Omar Baaboud. The new Executive General Manager of Performance and Rewards Mobily is Marwan Abdullah Fatani. Fatani will assess the performance of the company and developing catalysts that contribute to the general performance. Thamer bin Nasser Al Faris was named General Manager of Retail Sales, who will be responsible for all sales branches, subsidiaries and partners.

Saudi Arabia: 5 February 2016: Zain has said that Fahd bin Ibrahim Al Dughaither (non-executive) handed in his resignation from the board on 2 February 2016, and was accepted. The statement noted that it was at his request, and for personal reasons. The board also on 3 February accepted the appointment of Saud Abdullah AlBawardi as Board Member (non-executive) and the appointment of Hisham Mohammed Attar as Board Member (Independent).

South Africa: 2 February 2016 - Telecoms group Huge has named Zunaid Bulbulia as an independent non-executive director of the company and a member of the audit committee, ITWeb reported. Bulbulia was one of the founding members of the MTN team. During his 20 years with MTN South Africa he served as financial manager and in various GM positions, including GM of subscriber operations and service operations. In June 2013 MTN South Africa announced the promotion of Chief Financial Officer Zunaid Bulbulia, who replaced Karel Pienaar as Chief Executive Officer. This saw MTN's mergers and acquisitions and strategy functions separated, with Khumo Shuenyane focusing on M&A and international business development.

Uganda: 28 January 2016 - Uganda Telecom has appointed Mark Shoebridge as its new Managing Director, who takes over from from Godfrey Kisekka. Kisekka has headed the Executive Management Team since 21 July 2015. Board Chairman Stephen Kaboyo welcomed Shoebridge back to the UTL family. Shoebridge was Executive Head of Operations at Vodacom Business in Nigeria, and prior to that was Chief Fixed Services Officer, heading the fixed line and ISP divisions of the Company since 2013.

Oman: 26 January 2016 - Ooredoo has named Abdul Razzaq Al Balushi as its new Deputy Chief Finance Officer. Initially on an international executive mobility programme with Ooredoo Group, he will return to resume his responsibilities in Ooredoo Oman. Prior to joining Ooredoo, he held posts with Oman Trading International Operations in the UAE, HSBC, Oman LNG LLC, Oman Shipping Company SAOG and Aldersgate Partners. He is a graduate of Strathclyde University UK, and the College of Banking and Financial Studies Oman with a Masters of Business Administration. Abdul Razzaq is also a Certified Treasury & Finance Professional and holds Certificates in Accounts, Banking & Trade.

South Africa: 22 January 2016 - Vodacom's Head of Consumer Business Unit chief officer, Godfrey Motsa, has left the company. ITWeb quoted Vodacom Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, Tshepo Ramodibe, as saying it was with 'immediate effect to pursue other opportunities'. Motsa replaced Phil Patel in February 2015, and joined Vodacom since 2005. Roles included Managing Director of Vodacom Lesotho and Vodacom Congo.

South Africa: 21 January 2016 - Payment platform provider JUMO on 21 January named Ted Pietrzak as its Vice-President of Engineering. Pietrzak has over 25 years of experience as an engineer, software developer and project leader with a particular focus on the payments and e-commerce platforms. Pietrzak has held posts at e-commerce companies, including Paypal, Visa and most recently as CTO at ebay subsidiary Magento. At the later, he was involved in the development of the Verified by Visa verification system.

Kenya: January 2016 -Safaricom and Airtel appear to be engaged in a recruitment war, with the Business Daily reporting four senior staff joining Safaricom from Airtel, and four of Safaricom's staff moving to Airtel since mid-2015. Businss Daily reports that Priscilla Muthoni (Digital Manager), Marion Wanyoike (Segment Lead-youth) and Wallace Chege (Business Performance Analyst) leaving Airtel to take-up posts at Safaricom. They followed Charles Wanjohi, who was Airtel's Marketing Director and joined Safaricom in July as Head of Department - Consumer Segments. Moving the other way, Kennedy Luhombo (former M-Pesa Business Development Manager) is now Senior manager, Airtel Money business development. Athman Ahmed, previously Talent Manager at Safaricom, is now Airtel's Senior Manager, Talent and Resourcing. Dennis Gatuku is now Airtel's Senior Manager Finance, moving from finance manager at Safaricom. The paper reports that Henry Nyangor, formerly Safaricom Senior Purchasing Manager is now head of Airtel Kenya's Supply Chain Management.

South Africa: 18 January 2016 - Sony Mobile has appointed Christian Haghofer as its new Sony Mobile South Africa Country Manager his LinkedIn profile shows. He was previously Sony Mobile Country Manager for Central European Markets responsible for sales in Switzerland, Austria and Adriatic markets. He succeeds Mark Fenzel, who held the post for the past 3 years.

Africa: January 2016 - VimpelCom has named Jon Eddy as Head of Emerging Markets, and will be responsible for operations in Algeria, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. He will report to Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Yves Charlier. Erik Aas was recently named as the new CEO of Bangladesh and Alexandr Komarov as the new CEO of Kazakhstan.

Malawi: January 2016 - Airtel Malawi has named Chief Commercial Manager Charles Kamoto as its acting Managing Director, Nyasatimes reported. Kamoto moved from Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) as CCM. Airtel has also moved Matthews Mtumbuka from Rwanda back to Malawi as Airtel IT manager.  

South Africa: December 2015 - With effect from December 2015, Andy Brauer is Huawei's Chief Technology Officer for Eastern and Southern Africa. Brauer's LinkedIn profile shows him with some 38 years of experience in the ICT sector. He was previously South African services provider Business Connexion's CTO. He joined BCX in 2003.

Ghana: October 2012 - Linda Narh is Tigo Ghana?s Brand Communications Manager, having moved sideways from rival Airtel. Adom News reports that she left Airtel in September and joined her new employers on 4 October 2012. She reports to the Head of Marketing, Tenu Awoonor.

South Africa: August 2012 - Liesel Ramjoo, Telkom's Managing Executive for network core operations, is to take up a post with Austrailia's National Broadband Network (NBN Co) in late September. Ramjoo was initially in an acting capacity in late 2009, and was an executive for managed customer networks from 2004.

Iraq: August 2012 - Zain Iraq's CEO Emad Makiya has resigned his post with immediate effect. Board Chairman Mohammed Charchafchi is Acting CEO on an interim basis, with Makiya in an advisory role to Charchafchi.

Ghana: August 2012 - Tower infaco Eaton Towers has appointed Gareth Townley as Managing Director and Adnan Quddus as Chief Financial Officer in Ghana.

South Africa: August 2012 - Following the formation of the enlarged Virgin Mobile Group, UK-educated Jonathan Marchbank has taken the helm of its South African operation; he was previously CEO Malaysia / SVP Marketing at Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa.

Nigeria: August 2012 - TechCentral reports Richard Morse, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Globacom in Nigeria, as stepping down and returning to South Africa, although his Linked-in profile has yet to be updated. Morse was previously group technology executive for telecoms at Dimension Data?s Plessey division.

United Arab Emirates: August 2012 - On Monday 13 August Etisalat named Ahmed Al Awadi as Chief Financial Officer of its domestic business. He was in at the start of Mobily in Saudi Arabia, before holding a number of posts in the UAE, including serving as VP International Investments.

Egypt: August 2012 - Mohamed El-Nawawy has replaced Tarek Aboualam as CEO of Telecom Egypt with effect from 11 August. Aboualam is reported to have resigned.

South Africa: August 2012 - Vodacom Financial Services Executive Mark Taylor is returning to Nashua Mobile to take up the post of Managing Director, with effect from 1 October 2012.

Malawi: August 2012 - The Association of Telecommunications Operators Limited (ATOL) has named Airtel?s Managing Director Saulos Chilima as its first President.

Israel: August 2012 - Assaf Topaz has stepped down from the board of Cellcom Israel. He was the nominee for the Discount Investment Corporation (DIC), and is replaced by Ari Bronshtein. Both moves are effective 1 August 2012. The DIC appointee conforms to Cellcom?s licence which requires at least 20 percent of its directors to be appointed by founding shareholders.

Nigeria: July 2012 - Steve Bailey resigned as Chief Commercial Officer of Glo Mobile after only a month in the post. Bailey left Virgin South Africa at the end of May to take on the role.

South Africa: July 2012 - Vodacom group CEO Pieter Uys is to step down at the end of March 2013. Shameel Joosub named as new CEO, moving from CEO of Vodafone Spain.

South Africa: July 2012 - MTN Group appointed Farhad Khan as Executive for its Enterprise Business division, with effect from 1 July. Khan was former Chief Executive Officer of MTN Zambia; and will report to the Group Chief Commercial Officer, Christian de Faria.

South Africa: June 2012 - Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa and Chief Operating Officer of Vodacom Group, Sipho Maseko, has stepped down from his post with immediate effect. He is also relinquishing his directorships of the Group?s companies. Maseko was previously CEO of BP Southern Africa, a post which he had held since 2008, and joined Vodacom in 2011.

Kuwait: June 2012 - CEO of Wataniya has stepped-down, according to parent Qtel. Scott Gegenheimer left to ?pursue other opportunities? and Deputy Abdulaziz Fakhroo is now acting CEO. Gegenheimer joined Wataniya in 2002 and was made up to CEO in 2008.