The two major telecommunications giants in Cameroon, MTN and ORANGE now have new Chief Executive Officers. The new appointees replace Philisiwe Sibiya and Elisabeth Medou Badang, respectively.

In a statement signed on February 12, 2018, the South African telecommunications group announced Mr. Saim Yaksan, as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Cameroonian subsidiary of the company. This came after the resignation South African Philisiwe Sibiya.

NEW CEO, MTN Cameroon

Saim Yaksan will be responsible for keeping MTN Cameroon on the path of growth and strengthening its leading position in an increasingly competitive telecommunications market,” statement noted.

Prior to his appointment, Saim Yaksan was Director of Transformation within the group. He has been in the top management of MTN since 2011. He has also worked at Vodafone where he spent seven years, and held several international management positions.

New CEO, Orange Cameroon

At Orange Cameroon, the Board of Directors on February 14, 2018, announced French citizen, Frédéric Debord as the new CEO. He replaces Elisabeth Medou Badang, who has been “promoted to the Executive Committee of Orange Middle East and Africa as Zone Director and Spokesperson” the Statement noted.

The new Managing Director has more than 20 years of experience. He has previously served as Director of Ooredoo Kuwait Operations. Mr Debord has also been CEO of Inwi until September 2015. He resigned from Inwi after successfully launching the 4G network.

Legacies of the two telecommunications ladies

The lady CEOs, Philisiwe Sibiya and Elisabeth Medou Badang have excelled in their careers in the country. They are leaving their companies after making tangible contributions in the expansion of the companies’ services to customers. One of such services is the burgeoning mobile banking/money services offered by both companies.

The incoming CEOs have a wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry. They are expected to continue from where the two ladies have ended in their various offices.



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