Sifiso Dabengwa, Former CEO of MTN Group
Raymond Sifiso Ndlovu Dabengwa, born in 1958, is Zimbabwean telecoms executive who is based in South Africa. Dabengwa was the Group President and Chief Executive Officer of MTN Group, where he served for 17 years until November 2015.
Before joining the MTN Group in 1999, where he held various jobs before he became CEO, Dabengwa over the years had garnered a lot of experiences which equipped him with much needed skills in his career. Dabengwa holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Zimbabwe and Masters in Business Administration from University of Witwatersrand.
Dabengwa has served in various capacities over the years, building a repertoire of skills and experiences in numerous fields and industries like; finance, telecommunication, energy, real estate, tourism and hospitality, and a host of other endeavours. He once served as the Director of Tsiya Group Limited; Director of Long Street Property Development Limited; Chief Operating Officer, MTN Group Ltd; Head | Distribution Division, Eskom;
He also served in the position of Chairman Dawn Suite Hotel Group; Managing Director , MTN Group Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Peermont Global Limited; Independent Non-Executive Director, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd; Chief; Executive Director, Eskom; Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria, MTN Group Ltd; Executive Officer and Group President | MTN Group Ltd. Director, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited.
Prior to joining MTN, Dabengwa, worked as an electrical engineer in the building service industries, mining and railway sectors. His MTN career started as the Managing Director of the South African operations. In 2004, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and in a dual role, was also seconded to the CEO of MTN Nigeria.
Dabengwa however resigned as the CEO of MTN Group in 2015 before his contract ended after the imposition of a fine on the telecommunication company by Nigeria telecommunication regulators for failing to meet an imposed deadline to cut off more than 5m unregistered Sim cards. The tenacious industrialist is however currently with Gijima, a Technology Group.