The ins and outs of 2012

The tech space has seen a large number of high profile moves in and away from some of the biggest companies in the country in 2012.

BusinessTech looks back on the top executive moves in 2012.

First quarter

  • Altech’s group COO, Jeffrey Hedberg, resigned from the listed technology group at the end of January 2012.
  • Dave Miller, CEO of Incredible Connection, tended his resignation and left group at the end of January. Chief financial officer, Stefan Marnewick, took the role of acting chief executive.
  • On 10 January, Rudi Jansen, Group CEO of MWEB, resigned after 15 years of working at the company. Jansen left the company at the end of February 2012. Francois Theron, CEO of DSTV Mobile, was appointed to take over from Jansen.
  • As a result of the moves, Mark Rayner, GM of DStv Mobile in South Africa, took over as CEO of the mobile broadcaster at the end of February 2012.
  • Also in January, Neotel appointed Steven Whiley as CFO, replacing Anil Khandelwal who was CFO at Neotel since July 2011.
  • Cell C appointed Alan Knott-Craig Snr as the new CEO on 19 January 2012. Knott Craig joined company and the Cell C board of directors on 1 April 2012.
  • In March 2012, Boyd Chislett was appointed as CEO of the newly-formed Altech Technology Concepts; pre-merger CEO, Wayne de Nobrega stayed on at ATC, reporting to Chislett, until he announced his departure from the company in August.

Second quarter

  • MTN Group appointed two new exectives: group operations exective, Themba Khumalo in April, and head of enterprise business Farhad Khan in June.
  • Broadband Infraco appointed a new CEO, Puleng Sejanamane in April – Sejanamane took over from acting CEO, Andrew Shaw.
  • Altron subsidiary, Powertech, appointed COO, Neil Kayton as CEO in June, following former CEO, Norbert Claussen’s resignation in May.

Third quarter

  • In July, Deon Liebenberg announced that he was resigning as Samsung SA’s managing director, and took up the position as head of Telkom Business Mobile.
  • Powertech subsidiary, Powertech Transformers’ CEO, Leon Viljoen took up the role of Powertech COO. In August, Powertech Transformers appointed Bernard Meyer as CEO for the company.
  • In May, Internet Solutions CEO, Derek Wilcocks succeeded Allan Cawood as CEO for Dimension Data Middle East & Africa. Saki Missaikos took over the reigns as CEO for IS.
  • Virgin Mobile South Africa appointed Jonathan Marchbank as the company’s new CEO after former chief executive, Steve Bailey stepped down from his post at the end of May.
  • In July, Altech also appointed two new executives: executive of corporate finance, Robin Marsden and CIO, Richard Wingfield.
  • Zoopy founders, Jason and Pat Elk (CEO and operations director, respectively) announced their departure from the company.
  • Vodacom has seen some big changes this year with the June announcement that CEO, Pieter Uys would be stepping down. On 1 September, Vodafone Spain CEO, Shameel Joosub took over the reins as Vodacom’s CEO. Managing director and COO, Sipho Maseko has also left the company.
  • Pieter Uys has since announced that he will be joining Remgro as part of the management team in April 2013.
  • In September, Lenovo appointed Graham Kenneth Braum as country manager of Lenovo Africa, replacing David Drummond, who resigned from the company.

Fourth quarter

  • October was a busy month for industry moves, starting with former Vodacom financial services executive, Mark Taylor joining Nashua Mobile as managing director from 1 October 2012.
  • JSE-listed ICT group Gijima appointed Eileen Wilton as interim CEO. Wilton took over from Jonas Bogoshi who left the company to pursue other interests.
  • Alan Knott-Craig Jnr stepped down as Mxit CEO because of a difference in strategy with the company’s shareholders. Francois Swart, the company’s CFO, is currently acting as the interim CEO.
  • Westcon SA CEO Jacques Malherbe resigned, leaving Keith Rich in the role of interim CEO.
  • Also in October, Alec Hogg, the CEO of Alt-X listed media group Moneyweb, resigned his position as an executive director of the company.
  • In November, Michael Davies was appointed CEO of ContinuitySA; this was after a phased succession plan to prepare the company for the retirement of former CEO, Allen Smith.
  • In a surprising move, former managing director at Samsung South Africa, Deon Liebenberg, quit his post as Telkom Mobile MD, after only 4 months at the company.
  • Telkom has since placed industry veteran, Attila Vitai in Liebenberg’s place as managing director.
  • Telkom has experienced a late shuffling of executives, with the announcement that CEO, Pinky Moholi, would be resigning from the company.
  • Telkom has also appointed Jabulane Albert Mabuza as chairman of Telkom, along with Leslie Maasdorp and Kholeka Mzondeki as non-executive directors.

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