MultiChoice Gets 1st Nigerian MD

Mr. John Ugbe

Mr. John Ugbe

MultiChoice has appointed Mr. John Ugbe, a Nigerian, as Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, effective from November 2011.

Mr. John Ugbe

Ugbe’s appointment marks the first time a Nigerian will head the company in 17 years.

Chairman of MultiChoice Nigeria, Adewunmi Ogunsanya, described Ugbe as an experienced executive who will be able to lead the company into a new period of growth and expansion.

Ugbe joins MultiChoice from iWay Africa Nigeria with a wealth of experience and proven leadership skills in a number of different functional areas.

He is also not new to the MultiChoice business having originally joined MultiChoice in 1998 as the IT manager.

When MWeb Nigeria was created in 2003 John moved over to take up the position of IT manager, and three years later was promoted to General Manager (MWeb Nigeria).

In 2007, M-Web was sold and Ugbe moved over to the new company iWay Africa Nigeria Limited as General Manager and took over responsibility for management of all business functions.

Ugbe’s appointment follows the resignation of Joseph Hundah who has left MultiChoice to follow other business interests.

“We would like you to extend a warm welcome to John in his new position as MD MultiChoice Nigeria.  He is known for his high energy and as a motivational leader and we believe he will create a culture of excellence in the Nigerian business which will ignite new passion and energy in the company,”  Collins Khumalo, President of MultiChoice Africa, said.

—Simon Ateba