Deon Liebenberg has been announced as the new head of Telkom Business Mobile, and will be responsible for the strategy and execution of Telkom Business’ mobile division.
Prior to joining Telkom Business, Liebenberg was the managing director at Samsung South Africa. Liebenberg also served as the vice president and managing director for Africa at Research In Motion (RIM), country manager at Motorola South Africa and the executive head of sales at Vodacom.
Liebenberg is a highly-respected leader in the South African telecoms market, especially for his ability to grow small companies into large market players. Liebenberg is widely-credited with building BlackBerry into the dominant smartphone platform in South Africa and making it the one of the most desirable gadgets in the country.
It, therefore, makes sense that Telkom approached Liebenberg to head up its Telkom Business Mobile division to grow its market share in South Africa.
Liebenberg is also no stranger to Telkom. He started his career at Telkom and left the company a few years later as the youngest senior manager at the operator.
Telkom confirmed Liebenberg’s appointment, and it is understood that he took up the position at Telkom Business today (16 July 2012).
Press statement from Telkom:
Head of Telkom Business Mobile appointed
Telkom today announced the appointment of industry veteran, Mr Deon Liebenberg, as Head of Telkom Business Mobile, effective today.
Mr Liebenberg has a wealth of experience in the ICT sales arena. He began his early sales career at Telkom some 18 years ago as a Corporate Account Manager.
He has subsequently headed the Sales division at Vodacom and has, fulfilled the role of country sales director at Motorola and Research in Motion, where he is widely credited with revitalizing Blackberry’s market position in South Africa. Mr Liebenberg joins Telkom from Samsung Electronics, where he was the Managing Director.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of the Free State, an Honours degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. This equips him adequately to lead the Business Mobile Sales team.
In his capacity as the Head of the Telkom Business Mobile, Mr Liebenberg will be responsible for driving strategy and execution for all mobile activities in Telkom Business. He will play a vital role in positioning Telkom as the leading provider of converged communication solutions in South Africa.
Telkom Business launched its mobile services in September 2011, marking another significant step on the company’s ongoing journey toward delivering fixed mobile convergence.
More recently Telkom Business unveiled its first converged bundled solutions for business customers, to bring together the best fixed and mobile solutions, on a single bill, from a single provider.
“We welcome Deon to Telkom and wish him all the best in managing his new challenging assignment. I have no doubt in my mind that his vast knowledge and experience will greatly benefit Telkom and Telkom Business,” says Dr Brian Armstrong, Managing Director of Telkom Business.