ICT industry: Who’s in and who’s out

January has already sparked a number of high profile appointments and resignations within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, led by industry stalwarts Rudi Jansen and Alan Knott-Craig.

Here is a list of some of the biggest executive moves in January so far:

  • Cell C appointed Alan Knott-Craig as the new CEO on 19 January 2012. Knott Craig will join the company and the Cell C Board of Directors on 1 April 2012.
  • Listed technology group Altech (ATN) announced the resignation of its group chief operating officer, Jeffrey Hedberg, effective at the end of January 2012. Hedberg was formerly acting CEO of Telkom (TKG).
  • Dave Miller, CEO of Incredible Connection, a subsidiary of JSE-listed JD Group (JDG), tended his resignation and will leave the group at the end of January. Chief financial officer, Stefan Marnewick, will take the role of acting chief executive until “such time as we find a suitable replacement,” said JD Group CEO Grattan Kirk.
  • 10 January: Rudi Jansen, Group CEO of MWEB, resigned after 15 years of working at the company. He is set to leave MWEB at the end of February 2012, after which he will be pursuing new business interests outside the ISP sector. Francois Theron, CEO of DSTV Mobile, has been appointed to take over from Jansen.
  • Mark Rayner, General Manager of DStv Mobile in South Africa, will take over as CEO of the mobile broadcaster at the end of February 2012. Rayner joined MultiChoice as CFO of DStv Mobile South Africa in 2007 and was later promoted to General Manager in October 2008.
  • JSE-listed DigiCore Holdings advised that Francois Schindehutte resigned as group financial director with immediate effect, to pursue his own interests. The group is actively engaged in identifying and appointing a replacement.

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