Ikpoki’s appointment affirms commitment to talent development, says MTN
MTN Nigeria has said that the appointment of Michael Ikpoki, an experienced lawyer and a seasoned business executive as the first Nigerian CEO of the company, underscores its commitment to talent development. Ikpoki, until his recent appointment was the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana. He replaces Brett Goschen, who takes on the role of MTN Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director on the Group Board.
According to Akinwale Goodluck, Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Ikpoki’s appointment is a reflection of the MTN talent management creed; management’s commitment to it and the quality and abundance of talent in MTN Nigeria, having regard to the status of MTN Nigeria as the biggest operating company within the MTN Group. Ikpoki started his career in telecoms with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). After six years with the NCC, he joined MTN Nigeria as a Regulatory Advisor in 2001, rising steadily through the ranks and receiving the quality of training, capacity building and exposure that are inherent in the company’s employee value proposition.
Michael Ikpoki became General Manager, Regulatory Affairs in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, he was appointed General Manager, Sales and Distribution and in 2007, the Sales and Distribution Executive for MTN Nigeria. His appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana in April 2011 made him the First Nigerian in the MTN Group to attain this height.