Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Business of Tech

MTN grows female leadership with three new country CEOs

Article Image
MTN Group has announced three new leaders for its African units and all three are women.

The new CEOs head to Cameroon, Rwanda and Uganda as of September 1, 2022, and continue the pan-African telco's strategy to shuffle around its execs. But, the move also freshens up its leadership team.

Cameroon calling

MTN Rwanda CEO, Mitwa Ng'ambi, is moving to Cameroon to take over from Stephen Blewett, who is leaving MTN.

Ng'ambi oversaw the listing of MTN Rwanda as well as the establishment of its fintech subsidiary. She was instrumental in strengthening the business's stakeholder engagement, the group said in a statement.

The Zambian national is a software engineer by training and has also worked in MTN's Benin and Zambian operations as well as with other high profile telcos in Senegal and Ghana.

Rwandan reshuffle

MTN South Africa's chief consumer officer, Mapula Bodibe, will replace Ng'ambi at the helm of MTN Rwanda, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience with MTN.

MTN said she has a strong background in commercial strategy, consumer marketing, customer strategy, brand management and communications, product management and customer analytics.

New MTN Rwanda CEO Mapula Bodibe who moves from the role of chief consumer officer at MTN South Africa. (Source: MTN Group).
New MTN Rwanda CEO Mapula Bodibe who moves from the role of chief consumer officer at MTN South Africa. (Source: MTN Group).

Bodibe joined MTN in 2005 and besides a two-year stint in Uganda as chief marketing officer she has spent the rest of her time with MTN South Africa in various roles over the years.

Safaricom steal

Safaricom's chief consumer business officer, Sylvia Mulinge, will bring some new blood to MTN, joining as the CEO in Uganda.

She joined Safaricom in 2006 and held various senior roles in the enterprise and consumer business units before assuming the role of chief customer officer in 2018. In July 2021, she took up the role of chief consumer business officer.

Safaricom CEO, Peter Ndegwa, also put out his own statement announcing Mulinge's exit from the Kenyan telco.

Ndegwa said she had been on the Safaricom executive committee for the last nine years, where she offered leadership and was part of many of Safaricom's successes. He said Mulinge was instrumental in steering the agile transformation of the commercial units and also instrumental in setting up two key businesses in Safaricom – enterprise and fixed data.

Safaricom executive, Sylvia Mulinge, will join MTN as CEO in Uganda in September 2022. (Source: Safaricom).
Safaricom executive, Sylvia Mulinge, will join MTN as CEO in Uganda in September 2022. (Source: Safaricom).

Mulinge replaces Wim Vanhelleputte at MTN Uganda, who will take on a newly created position at the MTN Group on August 1, 2022.

Vanhelleputte's new role is operations executive for markets (for Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau and Congo-Brazzaville). MTN expects him to leverage his experience in furthering financial inclusion and strengthening MTN's position as a market leader.

Related posts:

*Top image is of MTN Rwanda CEO, Mitwa Ng'ambi, who will soon take over as MTN Cameroon CEO (Source: LinkedIn).

— Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub


Interview: Qualcomm execs on mentorship for African startups

Qualcomm Technology VP for Engineering, Sudeepto Roy, and Elizabeth Migwalla, VP for Government Affairs, join Connecting Africa for a video interview about Qualcomm's Make in Africa Mentorship Program.


Hot startup of the month: Pan-African fintech KamaPay

This month's hot startup is pan-African fintech KamaPay, which helps individuals and businesses make cross-border payments on the continent.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Flash poll

All polls

Africa Tech Perspectives


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.


Challenges and opportunities for women's tech careers

A new survey reveals that COVID-19, the cost-of-living crisis, skills shortages and a lack of mentorship have negatively affected women's career development over the past two years.


Survey: Opportunities for Women in Tech

Take our new survey for women across Asia, Europe and Africa looking at the biggest challenges and opportunities for women-led enterprises and trends in tech careers for women.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Upcoming events

London Tech Week
June 13-16, 2023
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE
Cybertech Africa 2023
August 1-2, 2023
Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa Tech Festival, Home of AfricaCom and AfricaTech
November 13-16, 2023
CTICC, Cape Town
More Upcoming events

Guest Perspectives


Omdia View: February 2023

By Omdia Analysts

In February 2023 key events in the Middle East and Africa included a major Internet project for Africa's underserved by Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Microsoft as well as a 5G launch in Tanzania – that and more in this month's Omdia View.


Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign Up