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MTN goes global to appoint procurement and supply chain head

JOHANNESBURG, July 4 – MTN Group on Tuesday appointed international executive Dirk Karl to head up group procurement and supply chain management, effective no later than 1 November.

Karl joins MTN from Buyln, the procurement joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange, where he was senior vice president for network technology.

Prior to joining Buyln in 2011, Karl was senior vice president and global head of strategic sourcing for Deutsche Telekom. He has also held a number of senior management roles in various global corporates, including General Motors, ING Group and T Systems, in a career spanning more than two decades.

At MTN, Karl will be responsible for developing and executing global procurement and sourcing strategies, as well as leveraging MTN’s scale to identify opportunities to drive greater commercial success across the footprint.

The appointment comes as the organisation continues to focus on delivering earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) growth in its key markets of Nigeria and South Africa, through the Project IGNITE initiative, communicated to the market earlier in the year.

MTN group chief financial officer, Ralph Mupita, said they undertook a global search to identify the best candidate for the position.

“Sourcing skills and strategies are critical to delivering second-to-none networks for our customers, whilst supporting EBITDA margin evolution and cash generation for the business,” Mupita said.

“With Karl’s wealth of experience, industry knowledge and skills, particularly in the area of network sourcing in emerging markets, I am confident that we are well placed to deliver on procurement and supply chain ambitions.”

Karl said: “I am excited to join a company of MTN’s scale and stature, and more so, to be given the opportunity to be part of the team that will contribute to the organisation’s future success.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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