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MTN to operate as an innovation hub says new CEO

03 April, 2013

“MTN is and will remain a keystone of stability in Cyprus”, the Chief Commercial Officer of MTN Group, Mr. Pieter Verkade, noted today, presenting the new Chief Executive Officer of the company in Cyprus, Mr. Philip van Dalsen, during an event held in the premises of Palia Ilectriki.
According to MTN Group plans, the role of MTN Cyprus becomes more important. MTN Group’s broader strategy is to make Cyprus an innovation hub. Working in cooperation with local entrepreneurs, MTN Cyprus will operate as a springboard for products and services that may be applicable to other MTN Group markets.
The new MTN CEO, Mr. Philip van Dalsen, is an international experienced CEO with extensive practical and strong commercial and operational skills within the Telco domain in both emerging and developed markets in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Until recently, Mr. van Dalsen held the positions of CEO at Digicel Southern Caribbean, Suriname and Guyana and of Special Projects Advisor Digicel.
The new CEO of MTN commented: “Cyprus has received an unfair blow. I understand the difficulties this means for the average citizen and I am ready to work with the team to effectively respond to the new conditions and people’s needs. MTN listens to the messages. We will stand by the consumer. I joined a company that always offers more. The following months will prove it in practice”.
“I’m more than positive that Philip is the right man for the job. His experience allows him to meet the aspirations of MTN in the new digital era", Mr. Verkade said for his successor.
Referring to the recent developments, Mr. van Dalsen noted that MTN has always offered more to its subscribers and that new, smarter packages are developed for catering the needs of vulnerable social groups: “We stand by the people that are impacted more by the crisis. Even today we offer savings up to 30%. During these difficult times, more need to follow our example. At the same time, we respond to the current situation with dignity and sensitivity. As of first of February we offer free calls to all networks in our fixed packages. We have also told that we will not suspend any lines until the 18th of April.
But we don’t stop here. Our aim is to succeed permanent, sustainable changes in people’s lives. Τo relieve vulnerable social groups from an economic burden without compromising their access to communication and digital services. We are developing initiatives and smarter packages for special social groups and soon enough we ‘ll be in a position to make the corresponding announcements”, he concluded.
For 2013 MTN will offer more: Competitive prices, unique customer experience, opportunities for transition to the digital era and innovative services that will change the landscape of telecommunications in the country.

Philip van Dalsen


Philip van Dalsen is an international experienced CEO with extensive practical and strong commercial and operational skills within the Telco domain in both emerging and developed markets in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Until recently, Mr. van Dalsen held the positions of CEO at Digicel Southern Caribbean, Suriname and Guyana and of Special Projects Advisor Digicel.
Digicel is the largest mobile operator across the Caribbean and has operations in Central America. It is the fastest growing operator in the South Pacific. Currently active in 30 markets across the globe with an active subscriber base of 13 million.
He has vast experience in roll outs, commercial launches, market growth initiatives, network extension, product innovations, market introduction of value offers and aggressive acquisition campaigns.
Philip van Dalsen studied International Business Management at the Sonera Business School, Finland and at the Nijenrode Business School, the Netherlands. He holds a master degree in International Public Law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.
He speaks Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish.

MTN Cyprus

MTN is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Cyprus, offering integrated mobile, fixed and broadband services. MTN has the biggest fully-owned retail network amongst telecommunications companies in Cyprus, with 20 ΜΤΝ Stores.
MTN is a member of the MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 22 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia and connecting 189 million customers.
MTN Cyprus is a major contributor to the economic and social developments in the country, both through its 400 employees, and also as a responsible corporate citizen in the fields of sport, education, health and culture. MTN is a proud sponsor of the APOEL football team.