MTN Appoints New COO & Other Senior Management in South Africa


MTN, recently made several appointments, has bulked up its executive with a new COO, and head of Business Enterprise.

The company, Africa’s biggest cellular carrier by subscriber numbers, said recently that Jens Schulte-Bockum will take on the position of group COO from 2nd week in January 2017.

MTN notes Schulte-Bockum’s last senior role in the telecoms sector was as CEO of Vodafone Germany between 2012 and 2015. It did not provide additional information, but noted “we expect Jens to bring extensive experience in the consumer business, as well as the area of large scale transformation in a convergent operation”.

Furthermore, Oliver Fortuin will assume the position of executive head of Business Enterprise, from next March.

The listed company also said Bernice Samuels has re-joined MTN as group executive of marketing. She was previously Chief Marketing Officer in MTN SA, prior to assuming a similar role at FNB.

She subsequently assumed the position of Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at SABMiller in South Africa. “Bernice will greatly assist in lifting and repositioning product development and uplifting the MTN brand to maintain its pre-eminent position in Africa and the Middle East, whilst adapting to a rapidly evolving sector.”

Chairman PhuthumaNhleko says the “senior management appointments bring to finality the management aspect of a large scale transformation and operational review process which I am confident will place the group in good stead to capitalize on its many prospects and reach its full potential in a rapidly transforming and exciting sector. We have attracted individuals of high caliber and wide, relevant experience, to further enhance the existing management team, consistent with the anticipated trajectory of the group.”

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