MTN appoints Nomthi Nelwamondo as executive for information technology

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Nomthi is one of two important IT hires that MTN made recently.

MTN SA has announced the appointment of Rami Farah to the position of executive for network and Nomthi Nelwamondo as executive for information technology (IT). Farah joined MTN SA on 1 January 2023 from MTN Iran, while Nelwamondo’s appointment is effective from 1 May.

The appointments are a deliberate move by MTN to ensure the company’s evolution from telco to techco as it works to deliver on its Ambition 2025 strategy. The executive for network role is a new position within MTN’s technology business that will assist MTN in achieving its next-generation network goals.

“We have faced some of the most challenging and rewarding times in the telecoms industry over the past three years. In the ‘new normal’, innovation and creativity must be prioritised to ensure continuity and growth. For us, these appointments are critical for the business as we work to tirelessly deliver for our subscribers and stakeholders,” says Charles Molapisi, MTN SA CEO.

“Rami and Nomthi are both experienced leaders with a passion for technology. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the business that will enable them to lead fit-for-purpose technology strategies in the pursuit of our ambition to lead digital solutions for Africa.”

Nomthi joins MTN SA with over 21 years of experience in IT, network, and commercial operational roles in the telecommunications and insurance industries.

Nomthi has an international Honors degree in Software Engineering from Malaysia, a master's degree in information technology from the University of Pretoria, and a second master's degree in business leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa.

She began her career at Telkom and has held various leadership positions in the industry, including CIO of Liquid Telecom South Africa. Nelwamondo comes to MTN SA from Assupol Holdings Limited, where she was group CIO.

MTN's Ambition 2025 aims to drive efficiencies and performance while reducing network complexity in order to better manage network operations and deliver digital services to meet customers' evolving needs.

“Our outlook is extremely positive, and we’re excited about what lies ahead,” Charles concludes.

“Our future-fit leadership model for MTN SA is not only allowing us to drive transformation but also strengthening our focus on innovation, research, and development to bring out the best that we have to offer in delivering leading customer experiences and tech that will leapfrog South Africa, and Africa, forward.”

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