MTN appoints new Zambia, Cameroon CEOs


Africa’s largest mobile network operator, MTN Group has announced the appointment of new CEOs for its Zambian and Cameroonian operations.

MTN Cameroon Head Office situated in Akwa (image source: file photo)

Abdul Ismail will take over as new MTN Zambia CEO and Karl Toriola will become CEO of MTN Cameroon on November 1 2011.

Ismail, currently the chief information officer (CIO) of MTN Nigeria, will take over from current MTN Zambia CEO Farhad Khan.

“Khan had built MTN Zambia into a formidable mobile operator, helping to increase its market share from 28% to 36%,” the company said in a statement.

Before to joining MTN Zambia, Khan headed the sales department at MTN Irancell.

Ismail joined MTN South Africa in 1998 as systems support manager and was subsequently promoted to a senior manager and then GM in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed to the CIO-role at MTN Irancell. In 2008, he took on the role of CIO at MTN Nigeria. Ismail was awarded ‘CIO of the Year’ for two years in the MTN Group in 2010 and this year.

Toriola, currently the chief technology officer of MTN Nigeria, will replace outgoing MTN Cameroon CEO Philippe Vandebrouck. Toriola joined the MTN Group in 2006 as an operations consultant and subsequently moved to MTN Nigeria where he was responsible for the operation’s technology strategy. His previous experience included roles with VMobile Nigeria (where he was chief operations/regional officer), Econet and Ericsson (Nigeria).

MTN operates in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Staff Writer