MTN has made key appointments to bolster its leadership structures within the group and at its key operations, including Ghana and Nigeria.
Mr Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of MTN SA, is the new CEO of MTN Ghana, and Mr Michael Ikpoki, becomes the new CEO of MTN Nigeria.
“MTN has a strong leadership bench strength. As part of its talent management and leadership development, MTN invests significantly towards building a sustainable supply of quality leaders. We are, therefore, pleased to make these announcements drawn from our leadership succession pool,” said MTN Group President and CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa.
Mr Taukobong is a talented executive with extensive marketing, operations and sales experience.
He was appointed Group Marketing and Sales Executive for MTN International in 2002, after moving from M-Net Channels, where he was Marketing Director. Two years after joining MTN, he became the Chief Operations Officer at MTN Uganda.
In 2006, he assumed the role of Sales and Distribution Executive at MTN Irancell, where, among his achievements, he established a distribution footprint of more than 7000 points of presence.
He returned to MTN Group as Executive for Global Brand and Sponsorships in 2007. Mr Taukobong became the CMO of MTN SA in 2009, responsible for revenue generation, product innovation, customer development, retention & management, company strategic development, company-wide business development, overall brand communication, sponsorship and PR and strategic revenue development.
In 2011, he was voted Sunday Times’ Marketer of the Year. Mr Taukobong was the brain behind the famous Ayoba campaign, which has won numerous awards in South Africa and globally.
Mr Ikpoki replaces Mr Brett Goschen, who took on the role of Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Financial Director on the board last Monday. Mr Ikpoki was appointed CEO of MTN Ghana in April, 2011 after running MTN Nigeria’s Sales and Distribution channel as its executive from 2006.