MTN has made a number of leadership changes in its Africa operations.
Ahmed Faroukh has been appointed as vice-president (VP) of the West & Central Africa (WECA) region. He was previously CEO of MTN Nigeria for almost five years and recently acting vice-president for the WECA region, which includes Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d`Ivoire, Cameroon, Congo Brazaville, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia and Benin.
Brett Goschen, currently the CEO of MTN Ghana, becomes the new CEO of MTN Nigeria. Goschen, a chartered accountant, has provided strategic, operating and financial leadership to MTN’s large operations in West Africa in his capacity as chief financial officer of MTN Nigeria from 2002 to 2006 before he was appointed MTN Ghana CEO.
In Ghana, Goschen will be replaced by Michael Ikpoki, the sales & distribution executive for MTN Nigeria. Ikpoki joined MTN Nigeria as regulatory advisor in 2001 and was promoted to GM: regulatory affairs in 2004.
MTN president & CEO Phuthuma Nhleko comments: “Faroukh`s contribution to MTN Nigeria as well as to the WECA region has been most valued and appreciated. Goschen’s wide experience and in-depth knowledge of MTN Group and MTN Nigeria makes him aptly equipped to lead MTN Nigeria. Through his exposure to various facets of the business, Ikpoki has gained extensive experience in public policy, stakeholder engagement, as well as exposure to sales and distribution and commercial operations at a senior level.
“On behalf of the MTN Board, I wish Faroukh, Goschen and Ikpoki all the very best in their new roles.”