Van Niekerk boasts experience in the online space, having been with MIH/Naspers as CEO (MIH SWAT) and CTO (MIH Internet Group), since 2006. He will replace the current CTO, David Turner.
Additionally, Takealot has also appointed Willem van Biljon to its board to boost the company’s technical expertise.
Van Biljon has previously worked at Amazon.com, and was one of the team leads who started EC2 (Amazon’s Cloud solution).
Prior to Amazon, Van Biljon co-founded Mosaic software. He also co-founded cloud infrastructure software company, Nimbula.
Takealot.com has been building its business since the acquisition of Take2.co.za in October 2010, the online retailer said.
The business has expanded its warehouse capacity to Johannesburg and Cape Town; concluded the purchase of a shareholding in Mr. Delivery Express to aid distribution; and expanded category selection to include Sport, Home and Kitchen, Baby and Toddler and Beauty along with the traditional media products.
“Technology is the lifeblood of the organization and the addition of Willem to provide strategic input on the Board and Jacques to the management team is very exciting for us, ” said Takealot CEO, Kim Reid.
“This will place us at the forefront of e-commerce development on the continent and allow us to continue to attract superior technical talent, execute and achieve.”