MTN Group makes senior management appointments

New group COO appointed
MTN Group, MTN Group makes senior management appointments


As part of reviewing and finalising the permanent senior management team, MTN Group has made further appointments of senior executives.

Jens Schulte-Bockum will assume the position of group chief operating officer, effective 16 January 2017. Schulte-Bockum will succeed Jyoti Desai, who is retiring. He has extensive operational experience in the mobile telecoms sector, with his last senior role being as CEO of Vodafone Germany between 2012 and 2015. He is expected to bring extensive experience in the consumer business, as well as the area of large scale transformation in a convergent operation.

Oliver Fortuin will assume the position of executive head of business enterprise, effective 1 March 2017. Fortuin is currently the CEO of BT Global Services Sub Saharan Africa, having previously held many senior roles at IBM, HP and Lenovo. As Head of BT Global Services, Fortuin was engaged in the development and sale of enterprise solutions to many multinationals across the African continent.

Bernice Samuels has re-joined MTN as group executive of marketing, effective 1 January 2017. Samuels 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. Samuels will 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.

Phuthuma Nhleko, executive chairman said :"These 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 capitalise on its many prospects and reach its full potential in a rapidly transforming and exciting sector. We have attracted individuals of high calibre and wide, relevant experience, to further enhance the existing management team, consistent with the anticipated trajectory of the group."

He further thanked Jyoti Desai for her contribution and the many roles she played during her tenure at MTN.

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