MTN Appoints Mike Silber as Group Executive Regulatory

March 28, 2024
Mike Silber

By Adedapo Adesanya

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

He will join MTN from Liquid Telecom, where he held the role of Group Chief Regulatory Officer for five years and 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.

According to a statement on Thursday, 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.

Speaking on his appointment, Ms Lele Modise, Group Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer at MTN 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.”

Mr Silber has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and internet sectors and he joins MTN’s team with legal, policy and regulatory expertise in addressing business challenges and finding creative solutions to deliver business results.

The South African attorney, holds B Proc and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. His extensive experience includes serving on the boards of several industry bodies, such as ISPA South Africa and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and he is an associate of the LINK Centre at Wits.

Currently, he also contributes his expertise to the boards of the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and the Public Interest Registry.

“MTN Group warmly welcomes Mike to his new role and anticipates his significant contributions towards achieving the Group’s vision of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress,” the statement added.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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