JOHANNESBURG Oct 10 South Africa's MTN
has appointed a new regulatory affairs chief, a spokesman said
on Monday, after a large fine in Nigeria dragged Africa's
biggest mobile operator by users to its first-ever half-yearly
The firm, which had been fined $1 billion by Nigeria for
missing a deadline to disconnect inactive SIM cards, was last
month also accused by lawmakers of illegally transferring $14
billion out of Africa's most populous nation. MTN has denied the
MTN said it had appointed Felleng Sekha, a South African, as
its new executive for regulatory affairs and public policy
effective from October 10.
Sekha has extensive regulatory experience and previously
worked at MTN in various roles, including for five years in
Nigeria as executive director for corporate services, well
before the complaints that led to the fine.
"Felleng will... shape public policy and regulatory outcomes
which are key to MTN achieving its business objectives," said
MTN spokesman Chris Maroleng.
(Reporting by TJ Strydom; Editing by James Macharia)