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Sweeping changes to management at MTN's Africa operations

Sweeping changes to management at MTN's Africa operations

MTN has announced that MTN Zambia chief executive officer Philip van Dalsen will vacate his position at the end of September.

In a statement, the company said Philip joined MTN in 2012 as chief executive officer of MTN Cyprus. In January this year, he moved to MTN Zambia in the same capacity.

According to MTN, Bart Hofker, MTN Rwanda chief executive officer, will take over the reins from van Dalsen, effective October.

"Hofker is a senior commercial telecom executive with extensive experience in mobile, fixed and integrated businesses. MTN also announced that Mitwa Kaemba Ng'ambi has been appointed as the new CEO of MTN Rwanda. Ng'ambi, is a seasoned leader with a career spanning more than 10 years in telecoms and returns to MTN where she previously held the role of Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Benin and several other roles at MTN Zambia. She has a strong background in commercial and technology with a track-record of driving business strategy for growth, as well as developing high-performing teams. She also has the unique experience of leading mergers and acquisitions in the telecom industry," reads the company's statement.

Ng'ambi joins MTN from Airtel Tigo Ghana, where she held the role of chief executive officer. Prior to which, she was chief executive officer of Tigo Senegal, said MTN.

"She has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Joensuu, Finland and Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Namibia," the company added.

Changes in Cote d'Ivoire

The operator also announced that the chief executive officer of MTN Cote d'Ivoire Freddy Tchala will be leaving the company at the end of September.

Tchala has been with MTN for 17 years and "has had a remarkable journey with the company", the operator said.

After leaving MTN Cameroon, he served as chief executive officer in Guinea Conakry and Congo Brazzaville, before joining MTN Cote d'Ivoire four years ago.

MTN said it will make an announcement regarding a successor to Tchala "in due course."

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