Telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has appointed Willem Marais as chief business development officer to help oversee the group’s business development and expansion into new markets.
In the newly created role, Marais will continue to lead the wholesale data business where his focus includes sales and product management for mobile and fixed line operators, global carriers, services providers and OTTs.
His responsibilities will expand to include group business development focussing on new market growth, strategic partnerships, large infrastructure projects and acquisitive growth.
This will provide additional management support as Liquid Telecom aims to invest in and further leverage its fibre footprint stretching over 50,000km.
Marais first joined Liquid Telecom in May 2015 as CEO for South Africa, having previously served as CCO at SEACOM where he led the sales, product, marketing and commercial teams. He also previously held numerous senior management positions in the ICT, media and telecoms industries, including the Siemens Group of companies.