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.

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