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Sylvia Mulinge appointed CEO MTN Uganda

Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for MTN Uganda.

A statement released by MTN on Thursday evening reveals that the appointment of Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge as Chief Executive Officer is effective from October 1, 2022.

Charles Mbire, the MTN Group Chairman of the Board of Directors said that he believes that Mulinge’s experience will be beneficial to MTN Uganda.

“I would like to welcome Sylvia Mulinge to MTN Uganda. I believe that her experience will be beneficial to MTN, particularly given her alignment to our strategic intent of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. The Board is confident that Ms Mulinge will continue the work of growing the Company as a leading provider of telecommunications and digital solutions.” said Mbire.

“Mulinge joins MTN from Safaricom Plc where she currently is Chief Consumer Business Officer. In this role, she is responsible for driving the consumer telecoms business, managing the overall brand, and leading the transformation of Safaricom to become a digital lifestyle enabler of consumers’ lives,” added the board.


Mulinge who is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where she received a Bachelor of Science first-class honours degree first joined Safaricom in 2007 and has over the years occupied various senior roles including Head of Retail, Head of Sales, and Director of Consumer Business.

Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge replaces Wim Vanhelleputte, who according to the company will cease to be the CEO of the Company effective July 31, 2022, when his contract ends.

Vanhelleputte will be remembered for overseeing some major changes at the telecom giant where he served for six (6) years.

The MTN Group chairman and board of directors highlighted that Vanhelleputte successfully delivered the renewal of MTN’s NTO License, the separation of the mobile financial services business from the telecom business and the initial public offer and listing of the Company on the Uganda Securities Exchange.

“Vanhelleputte has been promoted to a regional role as Operating Executive for the WECA Markets of Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, and Congo-Brazzaville within the MTN Group effective August 1, 2022,” said Mbire.

In the interim, Andrew Bugembe, the current MTN Uganda Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as Acting CEO effective August 1, 2022, until September 30, 2022.

In another development, Mitwa Ng’ambi the current MTN Rwanda CEO, will become CEO of MTN Cameroon, replacing Stephen Blewett, who is leaving the group while Mapula Bodibe, the Chief Consumer Officer at MTN South Africa will take over as CEO of MTN Rwanda.

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