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9mobile appoints Ibrahim Umar as new chief HR


Inside one of 9Mobile’s Experience Centres in Lagos.

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS) Limited, operators of 9mobile telecommunication services, has announced the appointment of Ibrahim Umar, as Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 1st.

Ibrahim brings to 9mobile an extensive work experience in leadership and strategic human resource management spanning 20 years across various industries, including consulting, telecommunication, finance, and energy.

He holds a doctorate degree in Management from the Birmingham University, and Master’s in International Economics, in addition to several executive education programmes from prominent business schools, including the Harvard and London Business Schools.


His most recent role was Principal Consultant in the Sultanate of Oman, where he implemented an integrated talent management roadmap for an $11billion organisation.

He was also Director of Human Resources and Business Services at Ntel Mobile Telecommunication Network, and Head of Human Resources at Mainstream Energy Solutions. He also held several positions in Human Resources and Customer Operations across the MTN Group.

As chief human resources officer, Ibrahim will be responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy to support 9mobile’s overall business plan and strategic direction.
Commenting on the appointment, 9mobile’s Acting Managing Director, Stephane Beuvelet, said management and staff of the telco are extremely delighted at the appointment.

He said Ibrahim’s wealth of experience would be of immense benefit as the telecom firm continues to consolidate the gains of its recently concluded recapitalisation.

“I believe Ibrahim’s experience and proven industry-wide leadership will drive fresh thinking and new ways of managing our talented team of employees for optimal service delivery across our nationwide operations,” he said.

Beuvelet added, “He has distinguished himself as an expert in identifying opportunities to increase organisational effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity. He brings a unique combination of deep HR experience, and well-honed strategic leadership and business capabilities that are important to our post-recapitalisation business positioning strategy. We warmly welcome him as an esteemed member of the 9mobile family.”
Speaking on his appointment, Ibrahim pledged to leverage his wealth of experience to impact positively on the operations of the company.

“I am very excited to become a part of the revolutionary 9mobile story at this time, and I look forward to working with a dedicated team as we move the company to its next phase of success,” he said.

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