The telecommunications space in South Africa has seen many executive changes in 2012, which included a few of the highest profile CEOs in South Africa.
Some of the biggest appointments include Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig and Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub.
When it came to departures the resignation of Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi, MWEB CEO Rudi Jansen, Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys and Telkom Business Mobile Deon Liebenberg were some of the high profile moves.
Alan Knott-Craig appointed as Cell C CEO
Cell C announced the appointment of Alan Knott-Craig as its new CEO on 19 January 2012. Knott Craig joined the company and the Cell C board of directors on 1 April 2012.
Since his appointment, Knott-Craig has injected new life into Cell C, making it his goal to shake up the local mobile market with significantly competitive prices and strongly-worded statements targeting the competition.
Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys resigns, Shameel Joosub appointed as Vodacom CEO
Vodacom has seen some big changes this year with the June announcement that CEO, Pieter Uys would be stepping down. On 1 September, Vodafone Spain CEO, Shameel Joosub took over the reins as Vodacom’s CEO.
Joosub previously 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.
Rudi Jansen resigns as MWEB CEO
On 10 January, Rudi Jansen, Group CEO of MWEB, resigned after 15 years of working at the company. Francois Theron, the former CEO of DSTV Mobile, took over from Jansen.
Jansen was behind MWEB’s affordable uncapped ADSL services which changed the South African broadband landscape.
Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi resigns
Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi announced on 5 November 2012 that she will be leaving the company. This resignation came amidst numerous problems at Telkom which is blamed by many on government’s interference at the company.
The resignation of Moholi has been described by analysts as a “big blow” to Telkom, given the company’s leadership problems.
Deon Liebenberg resigns as Telkom Business Mobile head
In a surprising move, former managing director at Samsung South Africa, Deon Liebenberg, quit his post as Telkom Mobile Business head after only 4 months at the company. Liebenberg will join Vodacom in 2013.
Attila Vitai appointed as Telkom Mobile MD
Telkom has appointed Attila Vitai to lead Telkom Mobile. Vitai is an experienced telecoms veteran, having spent twelve years at Motorola as a vice president in Europe and eight years as CEO of two large Vodafone businesses in Hungary and Turkey.