MTN appoints Mike Silber as regulatory officer

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MTN Group has appointed Mike Silber as its Group Executive Regulatory Officer, effective April 1, 2024.

The telecom operator disclosed this in a statement posted on its website on Friday.

Silber joins MTN Group from Liquid Telecom, where he held the role of Group Chief Regulatory Officer for five years.

According to the telco, during his tenure at Liquid Telecom, Silber was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the most extensive cross-border fibre network in Africa, as well as the continent’s largest networked data centre operation.

“These achievements highlight his commitment to enhancing Africa’s digital landscape and his adeptness in navigating the complex terrain of legal, policy, and regulatory challenges to drive business success and improve connectivity,” it stated.

The Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, MTN Group, Lele Modise, said, “Mike’s extensive background, spanning legal expertise and regulatory leadership across Africa and beyond, makes him a valuable addition to our team.

“His passion for bridging digital connections within Africa and with the world resonates deeply with MTN’s purpose.

“We look forward to the innovative approaches and insights Mike will contribute to our efforts in enabling a modern connected life for everyone on the continent.”

The firm declared that with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and internet sectors, Silber would be bringing legal, policy, and regulatory expertise to address business challenges and find creative solutions to deliver business results.

Silber is a South African attorney, holding B.Proc. and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.

His experience includes serving on the boards of several industry bodies, such as ISPA South Africa and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and he is an associate of the LINK Centre at Wits.

The operator said he also contributed his expertise to the boards of the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and the Public Interest Registry.

MTN noted that it anticipated his significant contributions towards achieving the group’s vision of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

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