The Impressive Qualifications & Experience That Landed Zimbabwe’s Ralph Mupita A Top Job At MTN In South Africa
Zimbabwe-born South African engineer and corporate executive Ralph Mupita is the group president and chief executive of the MTN Group.
He was appointed to the top post in September 2020 having previously served as the group’s chief financial officer.
Since his appointment, Ralph Mupita has led MTN Group to great financial success. While his current exploits are well documented, his past experience which landed him the top job in South Africa‘s telecoms industry is not lauded enough.
He holds two degrees from the University of Cape Town and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School General Management Programme.
Before diving head first into Ralph Mupita’s experience and education it is important to understand his background as it had a bearing on the decisions he made academically and professionally.
Mupita has said that he was inspired by his parents to be successful. According to him, they instilled in him values and encouraged him to always be ambitious and aspire for greatness.
Apart from instilling in him values, they also made him aware of all the incredible things he could accomplish in life if he had the right education. Consequently, he put a lot of energy into his studies and fortunate enough for him, he excelled academically.
Education & Experience
Publicly available information shows that Ralph Mupita’s first qualification is a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He had relocated from Zimbabwe to neighbouring South Africa in his late teens in pursuit of education and chose to continue living there upon graduation.
After he graduated, he was fortunate to land a job at Haw & Inglis Civil Engineering. He spent three years at the firm from 1996 and left in 1999.
By the year 2000, Mupita had had enough of the engineering world and was ready for a career shift. He decided to transition to financial services.
Ralph Mupita decided to go back to school to equip himself for the next phase of his career. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
After graduating from the University of Cape Town, Mupita was fortunate enough to land a job at Old Mutual South Africa in 2001.
It seemed Ralph Mupita had finally found his calling as he stayed at the insurance giant until January 2012. While at Old Mutual, Mupita held various positions including Strategy Director and Managing Director.
He leveraged Old Mutual’s large size to aid in the growth of his career. In February 2012, Mupita was appointed Chief Executive Officer to oversee Old Mutual’s operations in emerging markets. He held that position for five years until 2017. Under his leadership, the Insurance Group’s Emerging Market business serviced over 19 million customers and had R1 trillion of assets under management.
Joining MTN Group Ltd
Ralph Mupita left Old Mutual for the telecoms sector. Despite the switch from the insurance and financial sector, his new job description was familiar with what he had been doing 16 years prior. He joined MTN Group Ltd as the new Chief Financial Officer.
The structure at MTN Group was similar to Old Mutual’s as the company is a large telecom services provider which operates in about 20 different countries across Africa and the Middle East.
In August 2020, he was announced as the incoming Group President and Chief Executive Officer of MTN Group. He took over from former Group President and CEO, Rob Shuter. He became the third Zimbabwe-born executive to be appointed MTN group president and CEO after Paul Edward and Sifiso Dabengwa.
In 2022, MTN revealed that Mupita had “overachieved,” resulting in “improved performance outcomes”.
This resulted in the Zimbabwean getting a massive R84.2 in total remuneration for 2021.
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