Cell C appoints former MTN and Vodacom heavyweights to board

Struggling mobile network Cell C has appointed two experienced business leaders to its board of directors.

Cell C chairman Joe Mthimunye said the board was thrilled to welcome former MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa and Vodacom corporate affairs executive Maya Makanjee.

“Their impressive track records and diverse experiences will strategically guide Cell C into the future,” said Mthimunye.

Motsa has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, financial services, and the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries.

Seventeen of these years were served at Vodacom and MTN, both in the South African and Rest of Africa markets.

“As the turnaround specialist for MTN South Africa, he successfully made it the most profitable telco in the market,” Cell C said.

“Godfrey’s deep understanding of emerging and developed consumer markets, coupled with his exceptional leadership style, he empowers teams and inspires results.”

Motsa stepped down from his position as MTN South Africa CEO in June 2022 and was replaced by Charles Molapisi.

Godfrey Motsa, former MTN South Africa CEO and newly-appointed Cell C board member

Makanjee has served in various executive director positions across multiple industries — including telecommunications, financial services, and FMCG —  for nearly three decades.

Aside from her stint at Vodacom, Makanjee was also FinMark Trust CEO and held strategic positions at SABMiller and Nestlé.

She currently serves as an independent non-executive director on several boards, both in the public and private sectors, as well as non-profit organisations,” Cell C said.

“Her strategic business acumen and comprehensive understanding of governance will be instrumental in guiding Cell C towards a future of success.”

Makanjee left Vodacom after a four-year stint in July 2016 and is currently serving as non-executive chair at Datatec.

Mthimunye said that Makanjee’s expertise in stakeholder engagement, corporate citizenship, and sustainable development, coupled with Godfrey’s transformative leadership and market insights, would accelerate Cell C’s growth and reinforce its position as a “serious contender” in the telecoms industry.

“Maya and Godfrey’s appointments bring a wealth of cross-industry knowledge and strategic guidance that will invigorate Cell C’s growth trajectory,” Cell C said.

“Their combined expertise and leadership will enhance the existing board and enable the company to navigate the dynamic telecommunications landscape and capitalise on emerging opportunities.”

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