MTN Appoints Acting CMO for Ghana - As Rahul De Moves to Nigeria
MTN Ghana has appointed Noel Kojo-Ganson as its Acting Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective July 30th, 2015. Mr. Kojo-Ganson, who was the General Manager -in-charge of Consumer Marketing at MTN Ghana replaced Rahul De, who had been promoted to MTN Nigeria as CMO at the sub-regional level. If he is confirmed as the substantive Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of MTN Ghana, he will become the second Ghanaian to head that department, after George Andah who is now into frontline politics.
Telecoms DG of South Africa Suspended for 60 Days
Minister Siyabonga Cwele has suspended the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services' Director-General Rosey Sekese for two months. The move to suspend Sekese comes amid an independent probe being launched into leadership problems at the ministry. Sekese's suspension also comes amid reports which have claimed she is purging the department of key staff who oppose her. Last month, Deputy Director General (DDG) Sam Vilakazi resigned after Sekese fired two other DDGs Themba Phiri and Gift Buthelezi. Sekese reportedly sent Buthelezi a notification of his dismissal via SMS. Opposition political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) has in turn raised concerns that a leadership exodus at the ministry could impact on the likes of a government broadband roll-out project. Subsequently, Minister Cwele's office said earlier this week that he was giving Sekese 72 hours to explain why she not be suspended.
Vodacom Tanzania gets New Head
VODACOM Tanzania announced the appointment of Ian Ferrao as the firm's new managing director, taking over from Rene Meza. Meza who led the country's leading telecom firm for three years, moves to Ooredoo Myanmar, to assume the position of chief executive officer (CEO) effective September 1. Mr Ferrao is currently the managing director of Vodacom Lesotho and has over 10 years international experience in Europe and Africa and has held senior leadership positions in various technology businesses. Prior to Vodacom Lesotho, he was chief commercial officer for Vodacom Business Africa and before that he was the commercial director and a shareholder at AfriConnect Zambia. Meza joined joined Vodacom Tanzania in October 2011, as CEO and some notable achievements under his leadership included doubling the size of the network, where customer numbers rose to over 12 million and Tanzania became the biggest M-PESA customer base in the Vodacom Group.
IHS Towers Nigeria Appoints Oyinlola
IHS Towers (IHS), the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, last week announces the appointment of Ayotade Oyinlola as the new Global Head of Human Resources. He will be responsible for overseeing the management of IHS's expanding talent pool, reporting directly to the CEO. Nigeria-born and raised, Ayotade brings over 20 years of combined HR and telecoms industry experience.