MTN Group repositions, appoints new COO to drive 2025 strategy

AFRICA – MTN Group has announced senior leadership appointments to operating companies in Nigeria, Iran, and Sudan, to drive growth, de-leverage faster, and reveal the value in MTN’s Fintech and fiber businesses.

The MTN group’s decision to make changes in the top management in the three countries is to take effect by April 1.

The move is in line with the Group’s strategy and will fuel growth and expansion enabling the company to offer its services in entire Africa.

A vital enabler of our strategy is having the best talent, culture, and future-fit skills,” said MTN Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita.

All of the appointments were internal candidates, demonstrating the depth of talent within the group and the strength of its succession planning.”

MTN Nigeria Chief Operating Officer

The telecommunication firm has appointed Hassan Jaber as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jaber moves from MTN Irancell, where he was COO, bringing with him some 25 years of telecoms and digital experience within the MTN Group.

His track record of building and scaling-up telecom operations and developing digital businesses through the power of mobile technology will be instrumental to MTN Nigeria as it plays its part in delivering on the Group’s strategic intent of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

He has served MTN in numerous markets, including Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

New MTN Irancell COO

The Group has appointed Malik Melamu as the new COO of Irancell bringing along over 28 years of managerial and executive experience.

He will assume the position of MTN Irancell COO, joining from MTN Sudan where he has been  CEO over the last five years.

Among other roles at MTN, he previously served as MTN Benin CEO and as Executive for Sales and Distribution and Customer Experience at MTN Group.

New MTN Sudan CEO

Ziad Sabah has been appointed the CEO of MTN Sudan continuing his career with the group has spanned more than a decade.

Prior to his appointment to the new role, Sabah served most recently as MTN Syria CEO and before that as the Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Syria.

Ziad is a seasoned business leader and will play a pivotal role in strengthening MTN Sudan’s market position through initiatives to advance digital and financial inclusion.

The group’s recent changes hope to trigger its ambition of supporting greater digital and financial inclusion across Africa while aligning to the development agendas of the African countries.

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