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MTN appoints first Nigerian CFO

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By Emmanuel Elebeke

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, has announced Mr. Adekunle Awobodu the new Chief Financial Officer of the company.

With his new appointment, Awobodu, is the first Nigerian to occupy such sensitive position in over 15 years of its existence.
According to the outgoing, Chief Financial Officer, Moolman, Awobodu will serve as MTNN’s strategic Financial Business Partner and lead the organisation in facilitating decision-making through sound business insights and analysis that drives business improvement and performance.

He takes over from Ferdi Moolman, who was appointed to the same position last December.
With over 22 years, professional experience and international exposure in Finance, Awobodu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Lagos and a Masters’ degree in Finance from the University of Leicester.

He holds several professional certifications such as ACCA UK; CIA (Certified Internal Auditor); CMA (Certified Management Accountant); CertIFR (ACCA’s Certificate in International Financial Reporting) and Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).

He began his career in 1994 with Procter and Gamble (P&G) Nigeria Ltd. and held various positions – Group Manager, Financial Analysis & Treasury, Lagos; Group Manager, Plant Finance & Accounting, Ibadan and Financial/Senior Financial Analyst.

Before his latest appointment, Awobodu joined MTN Nigeria’s Finance Division in February 2002 as Fixed Assets Manager and rose through the ranks becoming the first Nigerian CFO of MTN Iran.

“Awobodu’s appointment is indeed a strong reflection of the MTN talent management creed; Management’s commitment to it and the quality and abundance of talent in MTN Nigeria,” said Moolman.

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