Perlman will continue to be involved with Waspa in a consulting capacity, offering his extensive expertise to the Wasp industry.
A by-election will be held shortly to fill the resultant vacancy on the Waspa Management Committee (Mancom), the association said.
Perlman, who recently completed a Doctorate in Law on Mobile Financial Services, will be using his expertise in this field in a number of diverse markets around the world.
Casper de Villiers, Waspa vice-chairman, says Perlman has been a key stakeholder in Waspa since it’s founding in 2004.
“Leon has provided a unique blend of commercial and regulatory expertise that has benefited the WASP industry in South Africa. During his tenure, the Waspa Mancom assisted the industry in becoming a multi-billion Rand market, while at the same time putting extensive protections in place for consumers.”
Perlman has also served as the chairman and vice-chairman of International Audiotext regulators Association (IARN).
A former scientist, he has been in the telecommunications industry since the early 1990s.
He holds the degrees BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, BProc, LLB, and is currently completing a Doctorate of Laws (LLD) at the University of South Africa.