Mteto Nyati has confirmed his appointment as CEO of MTN South Africa.

This follows the departure of previous CEO Ahmad Farroukh last week. Farroukh is believed to be taking up a position at Mobily in Saudi Arabia.

Nyati was previously MTN’s group chief enterprise office, having joined the group on 1 October 2014.

Prior to that he was the MD of Microsoft SA, a position he held for six years before becoming the GM for Middle East and Africa (MEA) Emerging Regions at Microsoft in July 2014, where he was responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies for markets within the region.

During his tenure in the South African business, Nyati drove Microsoft’s innovation and leadership across the company’s core businesses in key markets. He was also integral to the development and implementation of Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, a multi-year effort which aims to actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve the continent’s global competitiveness.

Before joining Microsoft, Nyati spent 12 years at IBM, where he held a number of senior executive roles. He has a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal. In 2004, he was named a Yale University World Fellow.