Telkom appoints chief technology officer

Telkom has appointed Alphonzo Samuels as chief technology officer, with immediate effect.

His new role will see Samuels ensure the implementation of the functional separation of Telkom’s Wholesale and Retail divisions

Samuels joined Telkom in January 1984. During his 30 year tenure he has held positions in the infrastructure, planning and engineering environments.

More recently, he has been taking care of the wholesale and networks organisation as acting MD.

Telkom Group CEO, Sipho Maseko, said: “Since November last year, Telkom has been appointing the industry’s best into top leadership positions including most recently the appointments of Len De Villiers, Enzo Scarcella and Ian Russell to lead the IT, marketing and procurement functions respectively.”

Alphonzo Samuels
Alphonzo Samuels

“In his new role as CTO, Alphonzo will continue the push to build an invincible network that is capable of meeting our rigorous high-speed broadband ambitions. He will assume responsibility for both the fixed and mobile networks.”

“He will also work closely with our transformation office to ensure the implementation of the functional separation of our Wholesale and Retail divisions,” Maseko said.

“Alphonzo will focus on delivering Telkom’s next generation network aspirations and leading the transformation towards an all-IP network,” Telkom’s chief said.

Prior to his appointment as the CTO, Samuels was appointed as the managing executive: Network Infrastructure Provisioning on 1 July 2010.

He was also the group executive: wholesale & marketing operations from November 2007 until June 2010.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Technology (BTech) as well as a National Technical Diploma in Telecommunications and a National Diploma in Human Resource Management. He has also completed the Executive Leadership Program and the Program on Enterprise Leadership for Executives.

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