MTN Irancell announces appointment of new CEO

MTN Irancell, an associate company of MTN Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bijan Abbasi Arand as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Dr. Abbasi holds a Post-Doctoral degree in Communication from Tarbiat Modares University where he is currently an assistant professor. He is one of the leading telecommunications experts in Iran and brings decades of experience in both the academic and commercial sectors.

He replaces Mr. Alireza Ghalambor Dezfouli who will take a well-deserved retirement having served as the CEO of MTN Irancell since its inception in 2005. Mr. Dezfouli has played an integral role in building Irancell into a major business serving more than 40 million customers and becoming the largest data operator in Iran.

MTN Group thanks Mr. Dezfouli for his years of service and congratulates Dr Abbasi on his new role.

– Issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs


About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN”. As of 30 September 2018, MTN recorded 225,4 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Eswatini, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

MTN Group’s music business gets a boost

MTN Group’s newly acquired music streaming entity, Simfy Africa, has been given a welcome boost with the appointment of Oyebowale Akideinde as Head of Over the Top (OTT) Music Services. His appointment, effective 1 February 2019, will enhance the company’s digital music streaming services to its customers across Africa and the Middle East.

Oyebowale joins MTN from Boomplay Music where he served as the Regional Director for West Africa. His career spans over 17 years primarily in consumer goods, e-business, financial, media and digital sectors. He has also worked in IT, project management, strategy, product and business development, and marketing.

He holds an MSc in Business Information Systems from the University of Hertfordshire, a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Lagos and a General Music Studies Specialist certificate from Berklee College of Music. Oyebowale has also garnered a number of industry related awards and accolades throughout his career.

Commenting on Oyebowale’s appointment, Rob Shuter, MTN Group President and CEO said, “We are very pleased about Oye’s appointment as he brings passion and knowledge of the rich media industry, this will stand him in good stead to support MTN’s expansion of OTT digital services to our customers.”

About Simfy

MTN acquired Simfy, dubbed as Africa’s leading music-streaming business, in November 2018. It boasts a broad catalogue of music and access to more than 42 million tracks; the entity has also partnered with record labels and content distribution platforms such as Warner Music, Universal Music Group and Content Connect Africa to bring subscribers a wide range of music. Shortly after the acquisition of Simfy, MTN launched MusicTime! in South Africa, a service which offers users premium trending and locally relevant music.

MTN Uganda CEO deportation

MTN confirms that Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda has been deported from Uganda. MTN has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working hard to establish precise reasons for the deportation.

We are understandably concerned about these developments and are engaging with the authorities to seek understanding that would lead us to resolving this matter.

To ensure business continuity, we have appointed Mr Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting Chief Executive. Our focus continues to be on delivering the best quality products and services to our customers.

MTN Uganda is fully committed to respecting and operating within the laws of the country.

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