9mobile Appoints Obafemi Banigbe As New CEO

Obafemi Banigbe, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS), operating as 9mobile, has announced the appointment of telecoms expert and technology business leader, Obafemi Banigbe, as its chief executive officer (CEO).

In a statement released on Thursday, the company said the appointment was part of its “preparation for a new phase of business transformation.”

The new CEO takes over from Juergen Peschel, whom the company said would be retained as a consultant to support the business transformation process initiated under his leadership.

According to the statement, the transition is consistent with 9mobile’s tradition of business continuity to ease the start of the holistic business transformation for the company.

Highlighting the career journey of the newly appointed CEO, 9mobile said, “Banigbe commenced his career in the telecoms industry at Celtel now known as Airtel Nigeria as the Director of Operations, preceded by significant contributions at Ericsson across various roles within the Sub-Saharan Africa Market Unit, culminating in the esteemed role of Network Support Group Manager for Access and Transport Networks.

“He was previously the Chief Operations Officer at Millicom Ghana, charting the operational strategy for the business in Ghana. His journey within the Millicom Group spans pivotal positions such as Interim CEO and earlier responsibilities as Chief Technical Officer for Millicom Ghana and Millicom International Cellular Tanzania.

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