MTN’s international board even rivals Tony O’Reilly’s
The new IAB members are just as high-profile as the INM board in its heyday, but their jobs are sure to be much tougher and a lot less glamorous
It’s difficult to recall so many high-profile people on any one board — advisory or just plain old vanilla — since former Irish international rugby player Tony O’Reilly’s vainglorious days at the Independent News and Media Group (INM). Not that MTN’s international advisory board (IAB) members are likely to play a similar role in MTN’s life to O’Reilly’s IAB in the life of INM. For a start there’ll be a lot less rugby. The list of O’Reilly’s IAB members included ex-Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, UK Conservative Party grandee Kenneth Clarke, Labour peer Baroness Jay, former New York mayor David Dinkins, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and of course what no advisory board, international or otherwise, should be without — James Bond. Well, not actually James Bond but Sean Connery, whom many of us thought was too busy doing lots of other stuff to have time to read newspapers, let alone advise newspaper proprietors.Given O’Reilly’s unparalleled ability to schmooze polit...