MTN Nigeria gets indigenous Chief Financial Officer

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has announced the appointment of Adekunle Awobodu as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is the first Nigerian to occupy that position, taking over from Ferdi Moolman, who became the CEO of the company December last year after its equally first indigenous CEO, Mike Ipkoki threw in the towel in the heat of the N1.04trillion subscriber identity module (SIM) registration infraction.

Announcing the appointment, Moolman said as Chief Financial Officer, Awobodu will serve as MTN’s strategic Financial Business Partner and lead the organisation in facilitating decision-making through sound business insights and analysis that drives business improvement and performance.

Indeed, Awobodu is eminently qualified to do just that. With over 22 years, professional experience and international exposure in Finance, Awobodu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Banking from the University of Lagos and a Masters’ degree in Finance from the University of Leicester. He holds several professional certifications such as ACCA UK; CIA (Certified Internal Auditor); CMA (Certified Management Accountant); CertIFR (ACCA's Certificate in International Financial Reporting) and Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).

Awobodu began his career in 1994 with Procter and Gamble (P&G) Nigeria Ltd. and held various positions - Group Manager, Financial Analysis & Treasury, Lagos; Group Manager, Plant Finance & Accounting, Ibadan and Financial/Senior Financial Analyst.

He then joined MTN Nigeria’s Finance Division in February 2002 as Fixed Assets Manager and rose through the ranks becoming the first Nigerian CFO of MTN Iran.

According to Moolman, “Awobodu’s appointment is indeed a strong reflection of the MTN talent management creed; Management’s commitment to it and the quality and abundance of talent in MTN Nigeria.”

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