Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys will leave Vodacom, and will be replaced by Shameel Joosub. Joosub is the current CEO of Vodafone Spain, and previously served as the MD of Vodacom.
“The Vodacom Group Board today announced the appointment of Shameel Joosub as Vodacom Group Chief Executive, succeeding Pieter Uys who has decided to step down at the end of March 2013 after almost 20 years with Vodacom, including four years as Chief Executive,” Vodacom said in a press statement.
Pieter joined Vodacom in 1993 as a member of the initial engineering team, and served as chief operating officer and MD of Vodacom SA before his appointment as CEO in October 2008.
Shameel joined Vodacom in March 1994 after completing his articles and has held various positions within Vodacom.
Joosub served as Managing Director of Vodacom SA from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2011 before taking up the position as CEO of Vodafone Spain on 1 April 2011.
Joosub holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Pieter Uys said: “I have had a fantastic two decades with Vodacom and will cherish many happy memories. I’m hugely proud of our people: together, we have created a powerful and trusted brand at the centre of our customers’ daily lives. It’s now time for change, and I will leave Vodacom confident that the business will prosper under Shameel’s leadership.”
Shameel Joosub said: “Vodacom is an outstanding company, and I’m truly excited to be rejoining the team. The business has gone from strength to strength under Pieter’s leadership, providing a robust platform for us to deliver world-class products and services to our customers.”
The appointment will take effect from 1 September 2012 to ensure a smooth transition and handover.