Silber named MTN Group Executive Regulatory

MTN Group recently announced the appointment of Mike Silber as the Group Executive Regulatory, effective from 1 April 2024.

Silber joins MTN Group from Liquid Telecom, an independent data, voice and IP provider, where he served as the Group Chief Regulatory Officer for five years, the telecoms group said in a statement.

During his time at Liquid Telecom, Silber played a pivotal role in establishing and expanding Africa’s most extensive cross-border fibre network and the continent’s largest networked data centre operation. His achievements underscore his dedication to enhancing Africa’s digital infrastructure and his proficiency in managing legal, policy, and regulatory obstacles to boost business success and connectivity.

Lele Modise, Group Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, said that “Mike’s extensive background, spanning legal expertise and regulatory leadership across Africa and beyond, makes him a valuable addition to our team. His passion for bridging digital connections within Africa and with the world resonates deeply with MTN’s purpose. We look forward to the innovative approaches and insights Mike will contribute to our efforts in enabling a modern connected life for everyone on the continent.”

“With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and internet sectors, he brings legal, policy and regulatory expertise of addressing business challenges and finding creative solutions to deliver business results,” MTN Group said

Looking at his background, Silber is a distinguished South African attorney, holding B Proc and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. His extensive professional background includes serving on the boards of various industry organizations, such as ISPA South Africa and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Additionally, he is an associate of the LINK Centre at Wits and currently lends his expertise to the boards of the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and the Public Interest Registry.