MTN Group today named Rob Shuter as the group’s new group CEO and president of MTN. It said the choice was after an extensive global search for a  candidate suited to the demands of the Group’s future strategy.

Rob is expected to commence as soon as it is practically possible in 2017 but not later than 1 July 2017 after the completion of his current contractual obligations.

Rob is a South African national and is the current CEO of the European Cluster at Vodafone Group and has extensive experience in telecoms and banking having held senior management roles at Vodacom Group, Standard Bank and Nedbank prior to joining Vodafone Group.

“MTN is confident that Rob will bring experience and new insights to the CEO role having had many years in the telecoms sector both in Africa and Europe as well as in banking where his expertise will help as MTN continues to develop its new business strategy,” the company stated.

It confirmed that the appointment and several others announced followed the successful resolution of the Nigerian dispute. It added that the new appointments will achieve the objective of strengthening management, enhancing governance and aiding strategy in the group.

The company also announced the appointment of a new VP M&A and Strategy effective 1 October 2016, the name will be announced before 30 June 2016.

MTN also revealed that Godfrey Motsa has been appointed by the countries in the SEA Region (excluding South Africa) to oversee the operations in those regions with effect from 1 July 2016. Godfrey joins from Vodacom where he was Chief Officer for Consumer Business. Godfrey was previously CEO of Vodacom DRC Congo and CEO of Vodacom Lesotho. He brings 10 years of experience of telecoms in the region to MTN. He has various other commercial experience.