Mr. Michael Ikpoki, former MTN Nigeria, has been appointed Independent non-Executive Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc. with effect from February 1, 2021, according to the company’s Board.
The appointment of the respected telecoms industry leader was announed to the Nigerian Stock Exchange in a statement by Mrs Abidemi Ademola, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Unilever Nigeria.
“The Board warmly welcomes Mr Michael Ikpoki and wishes him success in his new role”, according to Ademola.
Michael Ikpoki: A biodata
Ikpoki is an accomplished Multinational Business Executive and leader, lawyer by training, with over 24 years relevant African Telecommunications Industry Experience comprising of public sector experience in a National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Nigerian Communications Commission), business management experience in the MTN Group and telecommunications/ICT Advisory and Consulting experience in Africa.
Ikpoki’s specific operational industry experience cuts across Policy & Regulatory Advisory/Management, Commercial Operations & Management, General Business Management, Strategic/C-Level & Country Leadership capabilities in very fast-moving and intensely competitive telecommunications markets in Africa.
Ikpoki has demonstrated proven capability in successfully managing and growing telecommunications operations in some of the largest economies in Africa during his tenures as CEO of MTN Ghana and CEO of MTN Nigeria respectively between 2011 and 2015.
In his operational senior leadership and CEO roles, he successfully deployed effective leadership to deliver concrete results.
Ikpoki now independently consults and serves as a resource person on Telco/ICT projects within Africa while adapting his experience to other related areas namely market entry advisory and leadership development.
He is presently the CEO of Africa Context Advisory Partners, an Africa-focused business advisory company which provides business advisory services in Telecoms/ICT, market entry/growth particularly in ICT and Consumer-related Industries in West Africa.
Ikpoki also mentors CEOs/Senior leaders and speaks to select audiences on Telecoms/ICT, Leadership and Business in Africa.
He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of iFitness Centre Limited (A health and Fitness business/franchise).