MTN reshuffles top management, appoints Jyoti Desai as COO

Jyoti Desai of MTN
The struggling telecom network operator MTN has reshuffled its top management.

As per the latest reshuffle, Jyoti Desai will be the group chief operating officer (COO), based in Johannesburg.

MTN will continue to look for a new CEO in place of Sifiso Dabengwa, who has resigned in the wake of the massive $5.2 billion penalty imposed by the telecom regulator on MTN Nigeria. MTN today said the Nigerian telecom regulator has slashed the penalty to $3.4 billion.

Jyoti Desai reports to the executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko. Desai has 14 years’ experience at MTN. She has previously held the positions of chief information officer at MTN Nigeria, was COO of MTN Irancell and was recently seconded to support the Nigerian country operations.

MTN will announce a replacement for group chief technology and information officer soon.

MTN Group has restructured into three regions – namely West and Central Africa (WECA), South and East Africa (SEA), and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). MTN has also made a number of senior appointments to support this structure.

MTN also announced vice presidents for two regions, reporting to the executive chairman. Karl Toriola will be the VP of WECA, while Ismail Jaroudi will be the VP for MENA. MTN will announce the VP for SEA soon.

Toriola, who has been at MTN for 10 years, was the chief technology officer at MTN Nigeria and CEO at MTN Cameroon.

Jaroudi, who joined as CEO of MTN Syria in 2006, had held senior operational roles for Investcom’s subsidiaries across the Middle East and North Africa.

MTN Nigeria CEO Michael Ikpoki and head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Akinwale Goodluck have resigned.
Ferdi Moolman will be the CEO of MTN Nigeria and Amina Oyagbola will be the head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.

Baburajan K
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