The MTN Group has announced a new CEO for its South Sudan unit, with Gordian Kyomukama taking up the role from January 21, 2020.
MTN said in a statement that Kyomukama is a seasoned telecoms executive with close to 30 years of experience in the sector, most of which has been with MTN.
He started at MTN Uganda as part of the operator's pioneer team and has also undertaken secondment opportunities in Rwanda, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. In February 2019 he stepped up to take over as acting CEO of MTN Uganda, where he was CTO, when CEO Wim Vanhelleputte was deported from the country. Vanhelleputte was allowed to return to Uganda in May 2019. (See MTN Uganda CEO is Safe to Return.)
Before returning to his home country of Uganda, Kyomukama was also chief technology and information officer (CTIO) at MTN Liberia.
"I would like to congratulate Gordian on his new role, and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Lily Zondo, who has been holding the fort as acting South Sudan CEO over the past few months. Lily will resume her role as MTN South Sudan CFO with immediate effect," said MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter.
MTN had about 1.1 million subscribers in South Sudan at the end of June 2019.
New MTN South Sudan CEO Gordian Kyomukama
Changes in Cameroon
Meanwhile the group also announced that MTN Cameroon CEO, Hendrik Kasteel, will be leaving the company at the end of March, for personal reasons.
"He will serve out his notice over the next two months, and a successor will be announced when finalised," the group said.
MTN's Cameroon opco had 11.7 million subscribers at the end of June 2019. Overall the group has around 244 million customers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.
Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.
How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.
From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms
Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.
Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent