MTN Appoints Jens Schulte-Bockum as Group COO

MTN Group, the largest mobile carrier in Africa said it has appointed Jens Schulte-Bockum as its Group Chief Operating Officer for the group.

Mr. Jens will be succeeding Jyoti Desai, “who is retiring” from the group.

Jens was the former CEO of Vodafone Germany and his experience of the company’s competition will play a great deal in bolstering MTN’s management team.

Commenting on the new appointment, Phuthuma Nhleko, Group Chairman, said “These senior management appointments bring to finality the management aspect of a large scale transformation and operational review process which I am confident will place the group in good stead to capitalise on its many prospects and reach its full potential in a rapidly transforming and exciting sector,” said Nhleko.

“We have attracted individuals of high calibre and wide, relevant experience, to further enhance the existing management team, consistent with the anticipated trajectory of the group,” Nhleko added.

The company also announced other appointments. Oliver Fortuin will assume the position of Executive Head of Business Enterprise, effective 1 March 2017. MTN Group said Bernice Samuels has re-joined MTN as Group Executive of Marketing, effective 1 January 2017.


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