Tigo announced today that its General Manager, Diego Gutierrez, will be leaving the company on 1st April to take on a new role in the group. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Cecile Tiano who begins work in Tanzania this week.
Mr Gutierrez has enjoyed considerable success with Tigo in Tanzania. Having joined from Tigo Ghana in 2009, initially as Deputy General Manager, and then as General Manager from 2012, he has been instrumental in driving Tigo’s progress. In his time, it grew by 100% to over eight million customers, successfully rolled out 3G and MFS, and became a powerhouse of innovation with developments such as free Facebook, Tigo Pesa returning cash to users, interoperability and cross-border-payments with currency conversion.
With such expertise in mobile money, Diego is to become Millicom’s Head of Mobile Financial Services for Latin America.
Cecile Tiano joins the team having most recently been Tigo’s interim General Manager in DR Congo. Prior to that she was a consultant to both Tigo Ghana and Tigo Tanzania having previously worked in senior roles in telecoms, media and internet.
Commenting on the changes, Arthur Bastings, Executive Vice-President for Africa of Millicom, said “Diego has done a fantastic job at Tigo – providing real innovation in the market with a number of world firsts. Partly as a result of his contributions, Tanzania has become a world leader in the Mobile Financial Services space and the internet has become an affordable reality for broad parts of the population. We wish him well in his new role as we welcome Cecile to Tanzania. She is a very accomplished business executive and I know she will continue to provide strong leadership to the team.”
source: Tigo Tanzania