Africa & Middle East senior telecoms industry appointments

Cameroon: 22 February 2018 - The new CEO of Orange Cameroon, former director of Ooredoo operations in Kuwait, Frederic Debord, was given the position following a board meeting held on 14 February 2018. Debord took up his role with effect from 15 February 2018. The move followed the departure of Elisabeth Medou Badang, the first woman and first Cameroonian national to hold the post.

Swaziland: 8 February 2018 - Jeff Penberton was named as Swazi Mobile's Chief Executive Officer. The post was previously occupied by Wandile Mtshali on an acting basis. Penberton was previously the operator's Chief Strategy Officer during its initiation stages, although acted briefly as CEO at launch. Penberton's appointment followed the loss of Executive Chairman Victor Gamedze, who was assassinated early in January. 

Ghana: 25 January 2018 - The National Communications Authority's (NCA) Acting Director-General Joe Anokye was confirmed as the Director-General of the Authority by the Public Services Commission. The confirmation came almost a year after President Akufo-Addo appointed him as acting DG. Anokye replaced William Tevie who occupied the post from June 2015.

Kenya: 18 January 2018 -  Communications Authority (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi was placed on compulsory leave after the board met on 12 January 2018 after concerns had been raised regarding staff training and promotions. The regulator had yet to issue a statement on the matter. In 2015 Wangusi was re-appointed as Director General for a term of four years. He had been the Director General of authority since 2012, after serving in an acting capacity for a year.

Togo: 18 January 2018 - Electronic communications holding company TogoCom group was gaining momentum early 2018. State-owned Togocellulaire’s General Manager Affoh Atcha-Dedji was named as its Director General. Chairman of the TogoCom Board is now Colonel Gnama Latta, replacing Tairou Bagbiegue. Latta is also Director General of the National Agency of Civil Aviation and Director General of the Lome - Tokoin Airport Corporation.

South Africa: 7 December 2017 - Huge Group announced December 2017 that it had appointed Gunter Engling as Managing Director of its main operating company Huge Telecom with effect from 1 April 2018 to allow a notice period with MTN to be served. 

Tunisia: 30 November 2017 - GO plc had a new Chairman in the form of Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem after Nizar Bouguila stepped down with effect from 22 November. 

Kraiem is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Tunisie Telecom Group, the majority shareholder of GO plc., and first joined TT in July 2010 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of commercial and financial activities.

South Africa: 26 October 2017 - The council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) appointed Willington Ngwepe as its permanent CEO. Ngwepe had been acting CEO since 7 July 2017.

He joined ICASA as a Chief Operations Officer in September 2014 and was part of the team that oversaw the implementation of ICASA's organisational realignment in 2015. He was previously Vodacom's Executive Head, Regulatory Affairs from March 2005 to August 2014, and before that was Vodacom’s Regulatory Advisor, March 2005 to April 2007.

Africa: 19 October 2017 - Bharti Airtel Executive Director in Charge of Africa Christian de Faria announced that he was resigning on 10 October 2017 with effect from the end of October 2017. No reason was given. 

Zambia: 12 October 2017 - Sydney Mupeta was named as CEO of the Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) with immediate effect. Mupeta was serving as acting CEO following the resignation of Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe in February 2017. Mupeta joined Zamtel as Chief Technical Officer in 2012.

Oman: 12 October 2017 - Oman Telecommunications' (Omantel) Chief Executive Officer, Talal Said Marhoon Al Mamari, was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of Zain Group, the company said in an Muscat Securities Market (MSM) filing. The appointment followed Omantel's acquisition of a 9.84 percent stake in Zain in August.

Nigeria: 12 October 2017 - 4G provider Ntel  named Ernest Akinlola as its substantive Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He noted on his LinkedIn profile that: "Reporting to the board, I am responsible for Strategy, Leadership, Commercial and Network KPI's and the effective management of stakeholders".

Malawi: 12 October 2017 - Eric Valentine was confirmed as the interim CEO of Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) while it sought a permanent replacement to Douglas Craigie Stevenson.

Ghana: 12 October 2017 - MTN Ghana CEO Ebenezer Asante became the new Vice President (VP) of MTN Group's altered Southern & East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) Region with effect from 1 October 2017. The new CEO of MTN Ghana has yet to be named.

South Africa: 21 September 2017 - Liquid Telecom's new Chief Business Development Officer was named as Willem Marais. The role has been created as part of its plans to enter new markets. Liquid said in a statement that Marais would continue to lead the wholesale data business where his focus includes sales and product management for mobile and fixed line operators, global carriers, services providers and OTTs. His responsibilities include new market growth, strategic partnerships, large infrastructure projects and acquisitive growth.

Kenya: 14 September 2017 - Seacom has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment Tonny Tugee, to head its newly launched Seacom Business in Kenya and its Service Provider segment for East Africa. Seacom is now actively promoting its connectivity and cloud services across the region.

Kenya: 14 September 2017 - Safaricom appointed Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub and Linda Watiri Muruiki as non-executive directors with immediate effect. CIO East Africa reported that the moves reflect the new shareholding structure. Joosub was the current CEO and executive director of Vodacom Group as well as the Chairman of Vodacom Group's executive committee and Vodacom limited. Muriuki was a senior partner at LJA Associates, where she is a practising advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 27 years experience.

West Africa: 7 September 2017 - Ericsson gained a new head for West Africa in the form of Nicolas Blixell, and at the same time he was to serve as a member of the management team for the region. Ericsson Middle East and Africa announced the appointment in a press release issued on 29 August 2017. 

South Africa: 24 August 2017 - CEO Pakamile Pongwana agreed to a 'mutual separation' from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on 16 August, ICASA's council said in a statement. Chief Operations Officer (COO) Willington Ngwepe would serve as acting CEO until a permanent one is appointed.

Kenya: 24 August 2017 - Telkom Kenya announced two new appointments to its board, techweez reported.

Dorcas Kombo, a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, an associate of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya as well as the Institute of Directors.  The second board appointment was Jinaro Kibet, a Partner at TripleOKlaw Advocates, in charge of corporate and commercial law. He is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a commissioner for oaths and notary public with over 26 years of experience in private practice.

Zambia: 17 August 2017 - New boards of directors were appointed for Zamtel and Zambia Railways Limited by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the Lusaka Times reports.  The appointed directors for Zamtel were Claire Limbwabwa, Misheck Lungu, Justin Chola, Bob Musenga, Danny Luswili and Francis Musonda.

Morocco: 17 August 2017 - Francois Vitte  joined Etisalat-owned Maroc Telecom, and was appointed as a member of the executive board. He replaced Oussama El Rifai, Executive and Financial General Manager.  Vitte was Chief Financial Officer of Orange Egypt in Cairo, a role he has held since May 2015.

Egypt : 17 August 2017 - Orange Egypt named Maha Nagy, former Marketing Director at Vodafone Egypt as its new Director of Communication with effect from 1 September 2017.

Kenya: 10 August 2017 - A new head of Human Resources was named by Telkom. Catherine Olaka took up the post, joining the operator from a similar post at Tigo Tanzania. She replaced Mercy Nduku.

Kenya: 3 August 2017 - Safaricom's head of M-Pesa stepped down with effect on 25 July 2017, BusinessDailyAfrica reported. Ronald Webb, director of Financial Services and a former Equity Bank held the post for just a year. Safaricom's chief executive, Bob Collymore, told staff early last week of Webb's imminent departure, saying he was moving back to the UK 'for family reasons.' Collymore noted that he had spent some 18 years in Kenya.

Cameroon: 20 July 2017 - A new Director-General for the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency was named on 8 June, TIC Mag reported. Philemon Zo’o Zame replaced Jean-Louis Beh Mengue who has stepped down after heading the organisation since its creation in 1999. 

South Africa: 13 July 2017 - Vodacom’s Managing Executive for Brand Marketing and Communications was announced as Abey Mokgwatsane. Mokgwatsane was CEO of Ogilvy South Africa, holding the post from 2012. Mokgwatsane took over from Mzamo Masito who joined Vodacom in May 2013.

South Africa: 13 July 2017 - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) council suspended its CEO Pakamile Pongwana. On 6 July it said in a statement issued that ICASA would be notifying all stakeholders and the media that it Chief Executive Officer Pakamile Pongwana had been placed on precautionary suspension pending an internal disciplinary process. 

Nigeria: 13 July 2017 - Former Deputy Managing Director of Celtel Nigeria (now Airtel Nigeria) Boye Olusanya was named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria during the transition period, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported. The previous week Matthew Willsher had stepped down as CEO along with Chief Financial Officer, Olawole Obasunloye. Mrs. Funke Ighodaro was appointed as the new CFO. 

Israel: 6 July 2017 - Bezeq named Yali Rothenberg as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rothenberg replaced Allon Raveh, who stepped down after the first-quarter results were published.

South Africa: 29 June 2017 - MTN South Africa made five appointments to its executive team, including a head of business process transformation. 

With immediate effect Marco Gagiano assumed the role of executive for customer value management.  

MTN SA also named Nico Eskes as the head of business process transformation. 

Philip Besimiire was made executive for regional operations; Mapula Bodibe, executive for the consumer business unit, both effective from 1 June 2017; and Nico Jacobs was appointed to the role of Executive for Sales and Distribution, effective 1 July 2017. 

Mozambique: 22 June 2017 - The new Chairman of the recently merged Moçambique Celular (Mcel) and Telecomunicacoes de Moçambique (TDM) was named as Mohamed Rafique Jusob. Jusob was the Managing Director of the defunct Investment Promotion Center between 2000 - 2010.

Kenya: 22 June 2017 - Michael Joseph was announced to be steping down as Vodafone's director of mobile money at the end of September 2017. Joseph was one of the principle guiding lights behind the launch of the M-Pesa mobile money service. Last year Joseph was appointed Chairman of Kenya Airways.

South Africa: 1 June 2017 - Econet Wireless Global's subsidiary Liquid Telecom appointed former Vodafone Group executive Kyle Whitehill to head up South African Internet provider Neotel and oversee the company’s expansion plans, Bloomberg reported. Whitehill was previously CEO of Vodafone Qatar and Vodafone Ghana and replaced interim head Nic Rudnick at Neotel, which Liquid acquired for SAR 6.55 billion (USD 496.1 million) from India’s Tata Communications Ltd. In 2016.

South Africa: 1 June 2017 - Former Vodacom security expert Vernon Fryer was instated to head-up NEC’s African Cyber Business and Cyber Defence Operation Centre. 

Mali: 25 May 2017 - Mobile operator Atel-SA named Souleymane Diallo as its new Managing Director, Confidential Afrique reported. Diallo replaced French-national Eric Tronel who in turn succeeded Franco-Tunisian Moncef Mettiji, who resigned on 3 October 2016.

Nigeria: 18 May 2017 - Smile appointed Ahmad Farroukh to its board as Executive Director for Operations, with effect from 1 May. Farroukh resigned as CEO at Saudi operator Mobily in January 2017 before making the move to Smile. 

Qatar: 11 May 2017 - Vodafone Qatar appointed Diego Camberos as its Commercial Business Unit Director and Rasha El Azhary as Development Director. Camberos joins Vodafone Qatar from Tigo-Millicom, where he held the role of CEO for the last three years in Senegal and prior to that in Rwanda, also for three years. 

South Africa: 4 May 2017 - BCX (formerly Business Connexion), a Telkom subisidiary, announced that its CEO Isaac Mophatlane had resigned, leaving on 28 April. TechCentral reports that Ian Russell will take the reins ‘with immediate effect’, having served as Group Chief Transition Officer. 

South Africa: 20 April 2017 - Econet’s Global subsidiary Liquid Telecom has named Raj Jandu as Neotel CFO, while Michael Allschwang is now Neotel's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. 

Africa & Middle East (Virgin): 20 April 2017 - Virgin Mobile appointed the man responsible for creating Virgin Mobile, Alan Gow, as the Group CEO of Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa.

Nigeria: 13 April 2017 - Airtel Nigeria appointed Veronica Onoja as Vice President for the Mobile Money segment with immediate effect. In her new role Onoja was tasked with bringing her experience in the East African mobile money market to drive profitable growth for Airtel Money’s business segment. The appointment formed part of Airtel’s reorganization of its commercial operations to accelerate growth.

Egypt: 13 April 2017 - Vodafone Egypt’s new Chairman is former Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Hany Mahmoud. Mahmoud replaces Ian Gray, who has stepped down as Chairman after a period of 17 years. 

South Africa: 6 April 2017 - Peter Moyo is stepping down as Vodacom’s non-executive chairman after seven years on board, Bloomberg reported. He will step down on 18 July, the date of Vodacom’s annual general meeting of shareholders. 

He is leaving to take up the role of CEO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets, replacing Ralph Mupita, who resigned from that role in order to take up the position of group Chief Financial Officer of Vodacom rival MTN.

Nigeria: 30 March 2017 - Airtel Nigeria named Muhammad Bashir Ibrahim and Oladapo Dosunmu as Regional Operations Directors for North Region and South Region respectively.

South Africa: 23 March 2017 - Rob Shuter took up his new role as group CEO and president of mobile operator MTN. He was announced as the new CEO in June 2016 and replaces executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko, who has served as interim CEO since November 2015. Nhleko reverts back to his role of non-executive chairman. 

South Africa: 9 March 2017 - MTN Group said that Mteto Nyati was to step down as the CEO of MTN SA with effect from 13 March 2017. Godfrey Motsa will now take up the post of CEO of MTN SA with effect from 13 March 2017. 

Namibia: 9 March 2017 - Privately owned telco Paratus Telecom  named Stefan de Bruin as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with responsibility for the overall financial affairs of the group which is active in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa and Angola.

Kenya: 9 March 2017 - Safaricom appointed two new directors. The board has approved the appointment of Vivek Badrinath as a director of the company representing Vodafone Kenya, with effect from 12 January. It noted the resignation of Serpil Timuray from the board with effect from the same date.

South Africa: 2 March 2017 - Telkom’s Chief Commercial Officer Brian Armstrong stepped down at the end of March 2017, TechCentral reported. The staff were informed of the retirement in an e-mail from group CEO Sipho Maseko.

Zambia: 23 February 2017 - Zamtel’s Chief Executive Office Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe of nearly five years standing was dismissed for what has been described in a statement as ‘poor performance’, although apparently ‘the separation was a mutual agree’. The resignation was effective from 18 February 2017. 

Africa (Millicom): 23 February 2017 - Millicom announced that its Africa Chief Financial Officer Mohamed Dabbour would be the new Chief Executive Officer after Cynthia Gordon stepped down. Dabbour was CFO of the African business, a post he had held since August 2015. He originally joined Millicom in 2008, spending time as CFO in Chad and later in Ghana.

Africa: 16 February 2017 - Facebook named Uche Ofodile as Regional Head for Africa of Express WiFi, Ghanaweb reported. She had over 20 years of experience and was at that time CEO of Tigo DRC. Before that, she was Vodafone Ghana's Chief Marketing Officer.

Israel: 9 February 2017 - Partner Communications announced the appointment of David (Dudu) Mizrahi as the company's new Chief Financial Officer, replacing Ziv Leitman who was due to retire from office after six years of service. Mizrahi replaced Leitman on 17 March. 

Oman: 2 February 2017 - Ooredoo (Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company) appointed Ian Dench as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dench joined from the Ooredoo Group, where he served as Group Chief Commercial Officer.

Algeria: 2 February 2017 -Global Telecom Holding and VimpelCom announced on 26 January 2017 that Matthieu Galvani was  appointed Chief Executive Officer of mobile operator Djezzy. Galvani returned to VimpelCom in April 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer for VimpelCom's emerging markets, which serves 95 million subscribers in Algeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Kenya: 26 January 2017 - Telkom Kenya announced additional executive appointments: Clare Ruto as the new Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer and Nicholas Mruttu as Chief Sales Officer, Mobile Division.

Zimbabwe: 12 January 2017 - Mobile operator NetOne named George Manyaya as its Public Relations and Special Projects Executive. NetOne’s acting Chief Executive Officer Brian Mutandiro said Manyaya’s appointment was effective from 3 January 2017. 

Kenya: 12 January 2017 - Telkom Kenya named James Kamau and Levi Nyakundi as Head of Supply Chain and the Chief Marketing Officer, respectively. The telco said that the moves are part of a broader strengthening of its operations.

Africa (Airtel): 12 January 2017 - Bharti Airtel on 4 January 2017 named Rajeev Sethi as the Chief Commercial Officer for its Africa operations. Sethi was previously Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bangladesh’s Grameen Phone.

Bahrain: 5 January 2017 - Batelco appointed Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa as Chairman and Board member.