MTN Appoints New CTO To Define Roadmap

MTN Nigeria Appoints New CTO To Define Roadmap
By Pelumi Olaleye
In order to define MTN’s Technology Strategy and roadmap; designing and planning all aspects of the business’ network operations; Mr. Mohammed Rufai has been apointed the new Chief Technical Officer.
His job will also include overseeing continued implementation of aggressive network rollout schedules; development and maintenance of technology infrastructure, as well as policy formulation and review.
Mr. Rufai’s appointment is effective May 1, 2019.
Speaking, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mazen Mroue said, “We are excited to welcome Mohammed home from his excursion across the continent. From the beginning, he has demonstrated professionalism in all engagements, and a drive to improve processes and outcomes continuously.  His extensive experience and leadership will serve us well.”
Rufai brings with him almost two decades of experience in information and communication technology and telecommunications.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi as well as certifications from the General Management Program at Cranfield University, the Global Advance Program at Duke Corporate Education, India and the Senior Management Program at the Lagos Business School.
Before now, he worked with MTN Group where as General Manager was responsible for Technology in the South East Africa and Ghana region.  He joined MTN Nigeria in 2002 as an RF/BTS Support Engineer in Kano. By 2009, he had risen to the rank of General Manager. He led a succession of high performing teams in network operations, access, planning and  optimisation till late 2015 when he was appointed Chief Technical Officer for MTN Ghana.
Rufai  was twice adjudged ‘CTO of the Year’ at the Ghana IT and Telecoms Awards (GITTA). He led the license acquisition and implementation of a new LTE network for which his team received the Engineering Excellence Award from Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE).