MTN Nigeria Board, Former telecoms regulator, CommTech Minister join MTN Nigeria Board, Technology Times

Former telecoms regulator, CommTech Minister join MTN Nigeria Board

Former telecoms regulator, CommTech Minister join MTN Nigeria Board

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Dr Ernest Ndukwe, Nigeria’s former telecoms regulatory chief and Dr Omobola Johmson, pioneer Communications Technology Minister, are joining the board of MTN Nigeria, the mobile phone company says.

MTN Nigeria says that Nduwke has been designated to take over from Dr Pascal Dozie who is retiring as Chairman alongside Col. Sani Bello (rtd), current Vice Chairman and three other Non-Executive Directors of the mobile phone company with effect from September 2, this year.

Ferdinand Moolman, CEO, MTN Nigeria annouced today in a company statement reviewed by Technology Times that Dozie, who has served as Chairman of the mobile phone company in the last 18 years, will be stepping down with the five other board members to pave way for a 14-member board taking charge of the future of the largest mobile phone company in the country.

MTN Nigeria Board, Former telecoms regulator, CommTech Minister join MTN Nigeria Board, Technology Times
Technology Times file photo shows Dr. Omobola Johnson, former Minister of Communication Technology of Nigeria

The MTN Nigeria CEO says that with the changes, the imminent board will be comprised as follows:

S/NNAMEDESIGNATION
1.Dr. Ernest NdukweChairman Designate 
2. Mr. Ferdinand MoolmanChief Executive Officer
3.Mr. Michael Onochie AjukwuIndependent Non-Executive Director
4.Mr. Muhammad K. Ahmad, OONIndependent Non-Executive Director
5.Mr. Andrew AlliNon-Executive Director
6..Mr. Rhidwaan GasantIndependent Non-Executive Director
7.Mrs. Omobola JohnsonNon-Executive Director
8.Mr. A.B. Mahmoud, OONNon-Executive Director
9.Mr. Ralph MupitaNon-Executive Director
10.Mr. Paul NormanNon-Executive Director
11.Mrs. Ifueko Okauru, MFRNon-Executive Director
12.Mr. Jens Schulte-BockumNon-Executive Director
13.Mr. Rob ShuterNon-Executive Director
14.Mr. Karl ToriolaNon-Executive Director

The MTN Nigeria CEO informed the Nigerian Stock Exchange and investors that Dozie and the other Non-Executive board members are retiring following the expiration of the tenure.

Apart from Dozie, and Col. Sani Bello, the Vice Chairman, the other retiring board members include Chief Victor Odili, Mallam Ahmed Dasuki, Mr. Babatunde Folawiyo and Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, who are all Non-Executive Directors.

“On behalf of MTN Nigeria, I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to our pioneering Chairman, Pascal Dozie and the outgoing Directors. Our journey over the last 18 years has been incredible, and it would not have been possible without the initial entrepreneurial spirit of our founding directors, and their unfailing and dedicated support for MTN Nigeria’s vision over the years. I could not have asked for a more supportive, knowledgeable and experienced group of advisors”, Moolman says.

The MTN CEO says that apart from the appointment of Ndukwe as the Chairman Designate of MTN, the addition of the underlisted directors takes effect from September 2, this year:

Mr. Michael Onochie Ajukwu – Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Michael Onochie Ajukwu has over 21 years of experience in the banking industry with specialty in the Energy and Multinational sectors. He has extensive business experience in Africa and particularly in Nigeria. 

In 2002, Mr. Ajukwu disengaged from United Bank for Africa PLC as Executive Director, Corporate Banking. He later served as a Director of Keystone Bank Limited. 

Ajukwu has extensive Board experience and serves as Chairman of Altech West Africa Limited, Munca Properties Limited and Mobax Nigeria Ltd. Ajukwu has been an Independent Director of Sterling Bank Plc since June 2018 and of Tiger Brands Limited since March 31, 2015. He also sits as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Intafact Beverages Ltd, a subsidiary of SABMiller in Nigeria and Novotel, a member of Accor Hotels group.

Ajukwu holds a B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Lagos and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from New York University.

Mr. Muhammad K. Ahmad, OON – Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. M.K Ahmad is a seasoned public sector executive with over 35 years of experience traversing the financial services industry and the public sector. He actively advocates and supports institution building based on the highest corporate governance and ethical standards and has served on various boards and committees, including banks and not for profit organizations.

He was a pioneer staff of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC) where he rose to become a Director. He later served as the pioneer Director -General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM).

Ahmad worked at the Central Bank of Liberia as the Advisor and Technical Director on Bank Supervision under an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Programme. He coordinated the development of the Federal Government strategy document for the rebuilding of the North East that led to the constitution of the Presidential Committee on the North -East Initiative (PCNI).

Ahmad served as Chairman, Technical Committee on the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance 2018 and currently chairs the boards of  Polaris Bank (former Skye Bank); Taj Bank, Credent Capital Advisory and FATE Foundation. He serves on the Interim Board of International Energy Assurance Plc.

He is the founder of Jewel Development Foundation, a graduate assistance programme; and Certium Consulting, a strategic advisory and business applications company

Ahmad holds a BSc. in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University and a Masters Diploma in Innovation & Strategy, University of Oxford. He is an Associate, Toronto Center for Global Leadership in Financial Supervision, Canada. 

Mr. Andrew Alli – Non-Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Alli qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the United Kingdom. 

He worked for over a decade at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in different positions including Country Manager for Southern Africa and Nigeria.

During that period he represented the IFC on the board of MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. He was subsequently appointed CEO of the nascent Africa Finance Corporation, which he built into a robust DFI focusing on African infrastructure, natural resources and heavy industry sectors. During his tenure as CEO, AFC made cumulative investments of over $4 billion in 30 African countries and achieved the second -highest credit rating for an African lending institution. 

In December 2018, Alli was appointed CEO of SouthBridge, a pan-African financial services firm focused on Investment Banking and Sovereign advisory, as well as on serving African and global corporates.  He served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of ARM Cement Limited (October 2012 – March 24, 20170 and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (June 2008 – June 30, 2016). He currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director, Development Bank of Nigeria. He is a Member of the Advisory Board, Lagos Business School (LBS). 

He holds a BEng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from King’s College, University of London, and an MBA from INSEAD, France. 

Mrs. Omobola Johnson – Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Omobola Johnson served as Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Technology from 2011 to 2015. She pioneered the Federal Government\s involvement in a venture capital fund and a network of start-up incubators and participated in the launching and execution of the National Broadband Plan. 

Prior to her Ministerial appointment, she was country Managing Director for Accenture. She currently chairs the board of Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited and sits on the boards of Guinness Nigeria Plc as well as World Wide Web Foundation. 

Johnson is the founding Chairperson of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ). She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa; UNDP’s Broadband Commission Working Group on Gender and the International Telecommunication Union’s Powering Development Advisory Board. Since 2015, she has served as Honorary Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Affordable Internet.

Johnson attended the University of Manchester where she obtained BEng, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and King’s College London (MSc, Digital Electronics). She has a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Cranfield University and is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

Mr. A.B. Mahmoud, SAN (OON) – Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mahmoud is the Managing Partner and one of the founding partners of the law firm of Dikko & Mahmoud. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001 and is a Life Bencher of the Body of Benchers.

A former Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General; he was in the public service from 1979 to 1993 during which time he held various positions including Director Litigation, Public Prosecution and Solicitor-General at the Ministry of Justice, Kano.

Mahmoud SAN is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), a Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and was accepted into the Energy Arbitrators List (EAL) in 2013.  He is a Council Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. 

He chaired the Committee that drafted the Securities and Exchange Commission Code of Corporate Governance for Public Companies 2011. Mr. Mahmoud SAN sits on the boards of various companies and charities including Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers and Aliko Dangote Foundation.

He holds LLB and LLM (Company and Labour Law) from Ahmadu Bello University. In addition, he attended the Summer Institute in Corporate Law and Business, Northwestern University School of Law. He also obtained a Certificate in Techniques of Privatization, Harvard Institute of International Development as well as Certificate in Law and Development, International Development Law Institute. 

Mrs. Ifueko Okauru, MFR – Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Ifueko Okauru, MFR is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Practitioner and Management Consultant. She served as Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and as the Chairman, Joint Tax Board between 2004 and2012. She also served as a Member and Coordinator, Sub-Committee on Capacity Building; United 
Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (August 2008 – July 2012). 

She is the Founder and Director, ReStraL Limited (Leadership and Management Consultants) as well as Managing Partner of Compliance Professionals Plc. Mrs. Okauru serves as an Independent Non-Executive  Director on the boards of Nigerian Breweries Plc and SEPLAT Petroleum Dev. Company Limited. She is also the Chief Program Officer, Dagomo Foundation Nigeria Ltd/Gte.

Okauru is currently engaged as an associate with the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) undertaking research in Leadership, Social Enterprise, Culture and the Nigerian Nation. 

She is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Imperial College, London and Harvard Kennedy School.

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