Oliver Fortuin quits BT Global, joins MTN Group as Head of Business Enterprise

MTN Group has announced a number of management changes as part of its SENS announcement made on October 31, 2016.

Among these is the appointment of Oliver Fortuin – currently the CEO of BT Global Services Sub Saharan Africa – as the Executive Head of Business Enterprise, effective March 1, 2017. Prior to BT Global, Fortuin held many senior roles at IBM, HP and Lenovo. As Head of BT Global Services, he was engaged in the development and sale of enterprise solutions to many multinationals across the African continent. In his new role, he is expected to greatly enhance MTN’s strategy in this area.

(TOP: Oliver Fortuin, outgoing CEO of BT Global Services sub-Saharan Africa).

Jens Schulte-Bockum will assume the position of Group Chief Operating Officer, effective 16 January 2017. Jens will succeed Jyoti Desai, who is retiring. Jens has extensive operational experience in the mobile telecoms sector, with his last senior role being as CEO of Vodafone Germany between 2012 and 2015. We expect Jens to bring extensive experience in the consumer business, as well as the area of large scale transformation in a convergent operation.

Bernice Samuels has re-joined MTN as Group Executive of Marketing, effective 1 January 2017. Bernice was previously Chief Marketing Officer in MTN SA, prior to assuming a similar role at FNB. She subsequently assumed the position of Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at SABMiller in South Africa. Bernice will greatly assist in lifting and repositioning product development and uplifting the MTN brand to maintain its pre-eminent position in Africa and the Middle East, whilst adapting to a rapidly evolving sector.

Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive 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. 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. I would like to thank Jyoti Desai for her contribution and the many roles she played during her tenure at MTN.”

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