MTN appoints Selorm Adadevoh as new chief operating officer

The MTN office on 14th Ave in Fairland, Johannesburg. Picture: Timothy Bernard/Independent Newspapers

The MTN office on 14th Ave in Fairland, Johannesburg. Picture: Timothy Bernard/Independent Newspapers

Published Dec 7, 2023


Jens Schulte-Bockum would step down from his role as group chief operations officer (GCOO) and the Group Exco when his fixed-term contract ended on March 31, 2024, mobile operator MTN said yesterday

In a statement, MTN said Selorm Adadevoh was appointed to take over the role, effective April 1, 2024.

Selorm joined MTN in 2018 as CEO of key subsidiary MTN Ghana and brought extensive experience to his new role, the firm said.

“Having spent seven years at MTN, Jens has played a valuable role and made a significant contribution to the Group over the duration of his tenure.

“The Company thanks Jens for the vital role he has played in the scaling of our core connectivity business across home, fibre, enterprise and network as a service (NaaS), in line with Ambition 2025. In more recent times, Jens has had the additional responsibilities for accelerating the Group’s digital services platforms, in particular the Ayoba super app and the API marketplace capability Chenosis,” MTN said.

Schulte-Bockum would continue to serve as a non-executive director on the boards of MTN South Africa, MTN Nigeria and Bayobab.

Stephen Blewett was appointed as CEO of MTN Ghana effective April 1, 2024, succeeding Selorm.

Stephen re-joined MTN in July 2023 as the operations rxecutive for Markets, with executive responsibility for the smaller West and Central Africa (WECA) markets and providing broader operations support to the senior vice president (SVP) for markets across the overall WECA region.

MTN Group president and CEO Ralph Mupita commented on the changes: “I would like to thank Jens for his valuable contribution over the years. We look forward to his continued input on the boards of MTN SA, MTN Nigeria and Bayobab.

“As Jens concludes his fixed-term contract as GCOO, we are pleased to be able to make strong internal appointments within the Group to fill key roles. This is testament to our robust succession planning.”