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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Goodluck succeeds Oyagbola

Mr. Akinwale Goodluck has been appointed Corporate Services Executive for MTN Nigeria, with effect from November 1, 2008, thereby succeeding Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, who has been redeployed to Human Resources.

Sources at MTN Nigeria, informed that as the Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale would have oversight for Regulatory/Government Relations, Commercial/Legal, Company Secretariat, Corporate Communications and the Corporate Social Responsibility function.

Since joining MTN in December 2001 as Commercial Legal Advisor, Goodluck has held positions of increasing responsibilities culminating in his latest appointment.

Until his new appointment, he was General Manager, Regulatory Affairs, with primary responsibility for regulatory compliance, license obligations, regulatory risk management, government relations, legislative monitoring, industry relations and business support.

Prior to this, he was General Manager, Commercial Legal with responsibility for the management of contractual obligations of MTN, litigation management and dispute resolution as well as oversight of all commercial transactions as General Counsel.

Before joining MTN, Goodluck had worked at Nigeria’s pioneer investment bank, NAL Merchant Bank where he acquired considerable expertise in legal advisory services, corporate finance and financial services.

He, thereafter, joined the services of The Law Union, a firm of barristers and solicitors, with primary responsibility for the Corporate and Commercial Law Group of the firm. He is an acknowledged resource on issues pertaining to the legal and regulatory framework of the oil and gas, telecommunications and banking & financial services sectors.

Affirming this, MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ahmad Farroukh, said “Akinwale has shown commendable drive; imagination and a positive attitude that has seen him deploy his immense skill not only towards the goals of MTN Nigeria, but also to the goals of the larger telecommunications industry. It is a reflection of his managerial acumen and wide acceptance by his peers that he serves as Vice Chairman of the telecommunications industry group, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria.”

In addition, Farroukh said he is very confident that Goodluck will discharge his duties as corporate services executive, just as meritoriously as he has done for every other assignment with which he has been saddled with in MTN.

Goodluck attended Kings College Lagos and thereafter obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Lagos State University.

He graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1990. He has attended several courses in telecommunications and corporate finance among others as well as the Executive Development Program of the Chicago School of Business.

A regular and much sought after speaker at local and international conferences, Akinwale is married with three adorable daughters.


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