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9mobile appoints new COO

9mobile has announced the appointment of John Vasikaran as its Chief Operations Officer.  Vasikaran is joining a reinvigorated leadership team as part of the strong commitment by the board and management to aggressively repositions for growth and transformation.

He brings to 9mobile a wealth of experience, with more than 20 years in the African telecommunications industry. In his role as Chief/ Operations/ Officer, he/ will provide strategic leadership for the operations across Technical, IT, Sales, Commercial Planning, Customer Care, Marketing Communications, and PMO in line with the current trends and EMTS’ strategic vision.

His most recent role was Director of Business Development and Sales for Ribbon Communications, which provides software, IP, and optical networking solutions for service providers, enterprises, and critical infrastructure sectors. There, he played a pivotal role in driving growth and innovation.

On the appointment of the new Chief Operations Officer, 9mobile CEO Juergen Peschel stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Vasikaran to the 9mobile family. His extensive experience, especially in Nigeria and Africa, makes him the ideal leader to steer our operations in line with current industry trends and our strategic vision. We believe that with his addition, 9mobile will continue to provide world-class services to our valued customers.”

Speaking on his appointment, Vasikaran said, “It gives me great joy to join 9mobile, a visionary brand and trailblazer in the telecommunications industry. I look forward to working with the team towards maintaining its position as a leading telecommunications provider in Nigeria, and also seeking new ways to drive growth and meet the evolving needs of our customers while staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the telecommunications sector.”

Educated at prestigious institutions, Vasikaran holds a Master’s in Business Analytics with a specialisation in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from Harvard Business School, USA. He also possesses a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual focus on Finance and Marketing, a Master of Social Sciences degree in Industrial Psychology, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, all earned at Loyola College, Chennai, India.

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