Simon Duffy appointed Cell C Chairman

South African cellular operator Cell C on Wednesday announced that Simon Duffy, former President and CEO of ntl Incorporated – one of the UK’s largest communication and entertainment companies – has been appointed as the Chairman of the Cell C Board with immediate effect.

Duffy will be taking over from Talaat Laham, who will be pursuing other opportunities within the Oger Telecom group.

Cell C CEO Jeffrey Hedberg welcomed Duffy’s appointment saying: "I am looking forward to leveraging Simon’s experience in both the fixed and wireless businesses to improve our customer responsiveness and drive our new strategy forward."

Duffy is currently a non-executive director of Oger Telecom and Amteus plc and is Chairman of iMedia Holdings and QXLRicardo plc. He is also an advisor on the Board of MOBO (Music of Black Origin).

Laham had been CEO of Cell C since the company launched in 2001 and assumed the position of Chairman last year when Hedberg took over as CEO. Laham said he is happy to move onto new projects now that the company he helped to set-up has moved into its next phase of development.

Laham will also relinquish his position as the Chairman of the Virgin Mobile South Africa (VMSA). A new chairperson for the VMSA Board will be appointed in due course.

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