MTN SA makes five executive appointments to bolster operational efficiency

MTN announced on Tuesday that it has strengthened its executive team even further by appointing five new members in a bid to enhance operational efficiency across the operation and provide more in-depth commercial skills and experience.

“We are pleased and emboldened by the calibre of people we are bringing on board to bolster our management team. These appointments give credence to the veracity of our succession planning,” Enzo Scarcella, chief operations officer at MTN SA, says.

“Our new operations management line-up will ensure that MTN has the operations executive team in place to deliver on profitable growth expected in accordance with our five key strategic themes. The strengthened management team will enhance our competitive position and bode well for our ability to achieve our strategic objectives.”

The new executives are:

Marco Gagiano: Executive for Customer Value Management

Gagiano joins MTN SA from MTN Group where he was General Manager of Business Services and Operations in the SEA (Southern and East Africa) region’s Vice President’s office. In that role, he was responsible for commercial and operational support to all the SEA markets.

Nico Eskes: Head of Business Process Transformation

Prior to joining MTN, Eskes was the Head of Products & Services for Vodafone Netherlands. He also served in other leadership positions at Vodafone Netherlands including Head of Finance Operations, Head of Planning & Control and Head of Commercial Management Consumer Business.

Philip Besimiire: Executive for Regional Operations

Philip Besimiire, a former CEO of MTN Sudan, has been appointed as Executive for Regional Operations, effective 1 June 2017. In this role, Besimiire will be responsible for regional operations and looking after MTN’s commercial business and support services in the regions.

Mapula Bodibe: Executive for Consumer Business Unit

Mapula Bodibe will assume the position of Executive for Consumer Business Unit, effective 1 June 2017.   Bodibe is no stranger to MTN SA as she previously served in a number of roles at MTN SA over a period of 10 years, most notably General Manager for Consumer Marketing where she was responsible for managing the Consumer Strategy. She re-joins MTN SA from MTN Uganda where she served as the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for driving top line growth for the business through the implementation of effective and innovative marketing strategies.

Nico Jacobs: Executive for Sales and Distribution

Currently the Chief Operations Officer of McDonald’s South Africa, Jacobs has also served in senior executive positions at ABSA, EDCON, Standard Bank and The Foschini Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town.




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