Dabengwa is an Engineering Graduate of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and was Chief Operating Officer of MTN Group and CEO of MTN Nigeria before his elevation to the top job.
The Zimbabwean engineering graduate replaces Phuthuma Nhleko who will step down early next year.
He joins a number of top Zimbabwean business executives running top South African listed companies in telecommunications, mining, banking, engineering and health.
In 2008, South Africa’s biggest mining company Anglo-American Group appointed Zimbabwe’s top mining guru Godfrey Gomwe as its Group Chief Executive Officer.
Announcing his appointment, MTN said in a statement the position of chief operating officer has been abolished and instead would appoint a new chief executive of its international operations.
Prior to joining MTN, he was employed by Eskom as an executive director responsible for sales, customer service, electrification and distribution technology, and before Eskom he worked as a consulting electrical engineer in the building services industry and in the mining and railways sectors.
MTN have not made it secret that they are interested in the Zimbabwean telecommunications market and recently they have been linked to a possible takeover of Telecel Zimbabwe, the country’s second biggest mobile phone operator.