The ins and outs of 2014

The South African technology and telecoms industry saw a lot of executives move in and out of roles in 2014 – here are the big executive moves in the local tech space (and other important appointments) over the course of the year.


  • AdvTech appointed Stafford Masie And Mteto Nyati as independent non-executive directors in January 2014.
  • Primedia Group appointed Roger Jardine as Group CEO.


  • Naspers CEO Koos Bekker announced that he would be stepping down from the company for a year, and would return as chairman of the company in April 2015.
  • Naspers e-commerce chief, Bob van Dijk, was appointed as the new Naspers CEO.
  • Telkom appointed Alphonzo Samuels as chief technology officer.
  • MTN Group ppointed Michael Fleischer to the position of group chief legal counsel.
  • The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) appointed Mokgabudi Lucky Masilela as CEO, while former head Neil Dundas became the organisation’s chief operating officer (COO).
  • Anti-virus software group Symantec announced it had appointed Nick Christodoulou as its new country manager in South Africa.
  • Samsung appointed Sung Woo Han as vice president and MD of Samsung Electronics Southern Africa.


  • Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) appointed Deon Geyser as head of the Southern Africa sub-region.
  • MultiChoice appointed director for local interest channels, Yolisa Phahle as the new CEO of M-Net South Africa


  • Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group, appointed SA tech veteran Deon Liebenberg as vice president of VGE Africa.
  • Gijima, the JSE listed ICT company appointed Ernst Röth as its chief financial officer, replacing acting CFO Liesl Tweedie.
  • Telkom finalized its executive committee through the appointment of Ouma Rasethaba as chief risk officer in April.
  • Naspers’ CEO of the group’s pay-TV segment, Eben Greyling, stepped down from his position in April, with Jim Volkwyn re-taking the position.
Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma


  • BT appointed Oliver Fortuin as head of its operations in Sub Saharan Africa in May.
  • Gijima appointed Bill Hoggarth as its new chief sales officer.
  • ANC chief Jacob Zuma entered into his second term as President of South Africa.
  • Zuma appointed Siyabonga Cwele as head of the new Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
  • Zuma appointed Faith Muthambi as the the head of the Department of Communications, replacing former head Yunus Carrim, who moved to Parliament’s finance committee.


  • In June, Willem van Biljon joined online retailer,, as co-CEO and chief technology officer.


  • Gijima appointed Maphumuzana Nxumalo as its new chief operating officer and as an executive director.
  • Groupon appointed a new country leader for its South African operation, hiring Emilian Popa to take the reigns from two of the founding members of the SA business, Daniel Guasco and Wayne Gosling, who stepped down.
  • ICT firm Business Connexion appointed Isaac Mophatlane CEO of the company, following the passing of his brother and late CEO, Leetile Benjamin Mophatlane.
  • In a controversial move, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi announced Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as SABC COO.
Ahmad Farroukh
Ahmad Farroukh


  • MTN appointed MTN SA CEO Zunaid Bulbulia as group chief operating executive.
  • MTN Nigeria CEO Ahmad Farroukh took over Bulbulia’s role as CEO of the South African operations.
  • Power utility, Eskom appointed director general of Public Enterprises, Tshediso Matona as the group’s new chief executive officer.


  • appointed former senior manager at Amazon Web Services, Dirk Oberholster as its new chief technology officer.
  • Telkom appointed acting CFO Deon Fredericks as its permanent CFO.
  • MasterCard appointed Mark Elliott as Division President for South Africa.


  • Telkom announced the appointment former IS CTO Prenesh Padayachee as the group’s new managing director for wholesale services – this would be effective from 1 January 2015.
  • appointed former Mr Delivery director Alon Rom as its new CEO, after the site’s founder, Peter Cheales, announced he was stepping down as of 1 December.


  • MTN South Africa appointed former Cisco SA Managing Director Alpheus Mangale as its new chief enterprise officer, as former head Lambo Kanagaratnam left to pursue other interests.

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