MTN Group is pleased to announce the appointment of the new chief executive officer of Lonestar Cell MTN. Rahul De, the current Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Nigeria, will take the helm at the company on November 1, 2020. Rahul replaces Uche Ofodile who departed Lonestar Cell MTN in July to become the CEO of MTN Benin.
With 23 years of experience in the telco space, ranging across multiple geographies, Rahul has spent the last two decades in senior leadership roles driving growth and leading business transformation.
"I would like to congratulate Rahul on his appointment," said MTN Group president and CEO Ralph Mupita. "Rahul is a seasoned leader renowned for driving innovative digital and FinTech advancement in our business and in the telecommunications industry."
Expressing appreciation for Rahul's commitment and valued service, MTN Nigeria CEO, Ferdi Moolman said, "we thank Rahul for his unwavering dedication and commitment to ensuring that MTN Nigeria remains the market leader in our industry; and congratulate him on his new role. I know that he will continue to shine bright as he moves on from our immediate Y'ello family."
During this tenure at MTN Nigeria, Rahul spearheaded the team that is driving digital transformation in the country, from a voice and data centric organisation to one which drives a digital and fintech future.
Rahul joined MTN in 2011 as Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana, a position he held for over four years before he joined MTN Nigeria in 2015 as Chief Marketing Officer. He has an MBA in International Business and a bachelor's degree in Science.
Lonestar Cell MTN/MTN Liberia, a subsidiary of the MTN Group and a leading telecommunications provider in Liberia, was founded in 2001. "We are a technology-based company with a focus on winning in everything we do while demonstrating consistency in innovation to meet our unique customer needs," the company said in a statement. MTN Group is a leading international telecommunications group operating in 21 countries across Africa and the Middle East.