MTN Nigeria appoints an electrical Engineer, Karl Toriola as new CEO

MTN Nigeria has appointed Karl Toriola as the new chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from March 1, 2021.

In a statement by MTN Group on Monday, Toriola, the current vice president for MTN Group’s West and Central Africa (WECA) region, will take over from Ferdi Moolman, who has served as CEO of MTN Nigeria for the past five years and will now resume a new role as MTN Group chief risk officer.

According to the statement, Toriola, in his five years as VP of MTN’s WECA region, has overseen the steady progress of the operating companies in the region, notably the turnaround of MTN Ivory Coast and MTN Cameroon over the past two years.

The telecom giant said he has held a number of senior operational roles at MTN, including chief technical officer of MTN Nigeria and CEO of MTN Cameroon.

Ralph Mupita, MTN Group president and CEO, said: “Toriola brings extensive technical and commercial experience, as well as a deep understanding of the Nigeria market to the role.

“Toriola started his MTN career in his home country at MTN Nigeria 14 years’ ago and has all the attributes necessary to lead this very important business into the future”.

Born on March 16, 1972, Karl Olutokun Toriola has a BSc Hons in electronic and electrical engineering and a MSc in communication systems.

The statement further noted that MTN Group owns 78.8 percent of MTN Nigeria and it (Nigeria subsidiary) contributes around a third to the group’s service revenue

In April 2015, he was appointed as the MTN Group Operating Executive where he had direct responsibility for 13 MTN Subsidiaries in 13 countries with their respective CEOs reporting to him.

Prior to joining MTN Nigeria, he was the Chief Operations/Regional Officer for Vmobile Nigeria (now Airtel Nigeria) where he was responsible for operations.

He has attended several executive development courses at various institutions including Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School, Institute of Management Development and London Business School. He is a Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and registred with the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) as well as a Member, Institute of Directors.

-Isqil Najim

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