JOHANNESBURG – MTN Group on Wednesday 19, announced Ralph Mupita as its new group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The Zimbabwean born is set to assume office from September 1, 2020 replacing Rob Shutter who has been at the helm for a period of four years.
Ralph has served as the MTN Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since April 2017, won accolades and has played a critical role in the development and execution of the group’s strategy, capital allocation processes, financial performance as well as in the resolution of a number of complex regulatory matters.
In a statement, MTN Group chairman Mr Mcebisi Jonas said: “After a rigorous and extensive search process, we are pleased to have appointed someone of Ralph’s calibre, experience and ability to fill the group president and CEO position. Ralph’s experience as the group CFO, strong knowledge of our businesses and markets, as well as successful background in financial services, M&A and emerging markets, place him in an excellent position to lead the growth and sustainability of the business going forward.”
Ralph is a graduate of Engineering from the University of Cape Town, with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) attained from Havard Business School.
Before joining MTN Group, Mupita was the CEO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets for five years, a business that provided financial services to individuals and corporates across 19 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, managing over R1 trillion of customer assets under management at the time.
Commenting on his appointment, Ralph said: “Leading a business with MTN Group’s history, scale and socio-economic impact is a privilege and honour, and I look forward to working with the group board and executive committee in driving growth and unlocking value for shareholders and broader stakeholders.”
“MTN Group is well positioned to take advantage of the digital acceleration shifts and opportunities across our markets, and we are well placed to play an important and leading role in digital and financial inclusion of the African continent, working with our stakeholders and partners.” he added.
Mr. Rob Shuter has been the current President and CEO will step aside from his executive responsibilities on August 31, 2020, and thereafter support Ralph as required until the end of his fixed-term contract early next year in March.