Tim Wyatt-Gunning the new Web Africa CEO

Summary: Tim Wyatt-Gunning takes over from Matthew Tagg as Web Africa CEO. Tagg will focus on the strategic direction of the company and remains the majority shareholder in Web Africa.

Web Africa today (3 October 2011) revealed that Tim Wyatt-Gunning is taking over from Matthew Tagg as Web Africa CEO.

Wyatt-Gunning, who is well known for starting and heading up Storm Telecom, joined Web Africa in August as the company’s new Chief Sales and Marketing officer.

Gunning has been involved in the telecommunications field since 1996, first with Long Distance International in the UK, before moving to SA in 1998 to start Storm with Tim Parsonson.

Tagg founded Web Africa in 1997 and has headed up the company since its inception.

The company was ‘reformed’ in 2003 when its second full-time employee was hired and has grown to a multi-million Rand enterprise with 125 employees and approximately tens of thousands of ADSL and hosting customers.

In 2007 Tagg co-founded Teraco and is currently a non-executive director on the Teraco board.

Tim Wyatt Gunning
Tim Wyatt Gunning

The future

Wyatt-Gunning told MyBroadband that they will continue to focus on ADSL and hosting products aimed at the small business and high-end consumer markets.

Web Africa is also dabbling with possible 3G and voice products. However, a Web Africa 3G product may first require a change in the current wholesale structure from the mobile operators.

Also on the product offering front, Wyatt-Gunning said that Web Africa are taking note of what the market wants.  He added that consumers can expect new product releases which they have been asking for.

Regarding the company structure going forward, Tagg confirmed that he will remain a majority shareholder in Web Africa and will continue to drive strategy from a board level.

Tagg also has his sights set on Silicon Valley in the United States where he is planning to start and run a globally competitive tech company.

Web Africa’s shareholding is currently split between Matthew Tagg (majority shareholder), Rupert Bryant, Tim Wyatt-Gunning, Tim Parsonson and Smartcom.

Matthew Tagg
Matthew Tagg

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