Pieter Uys will step down as CEO of Vodacom at the end of March 2013. He will be succeeded by Shameel Joosub.

The appointment will take effect from 1 September 2012 to ensure a smooth transition and handover.

Uys has been with Vodacom for almost 20 years, including four years as CEO.

Joosub, who joined Vodacom in 1994, is currently the chief executive of Vodafone Spain. He was previously the MD of Vodacom South Africa and a director of the Vodacom Board from 2000 until 2010 prior to his transfer to Vodafone Spain.

He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) from the University of South Africa and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Uys joined Vodacom in 1993 and led the development of the company’s industry- leading network before being appointed as MD of Vodacom South Africa in 2001. He became the chief operating officer of Vodacom Group in 2004 and led the rollout of 3G services across the group. He was appointed Vodacom Group chief executive in 2008 and led the group’s debut listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, achieving a shareholder return of 96% since listing.

Vodacom chairman Peter Moyo comments: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Pieter for his many achievements in establishing a great business which now serves the needs of 49-million customers across five countries. We are grateful for his vision, leadership and commitment over the past two decades.

“I am also delighted to welcome Shameel back to Vodacom. As one of the leading architects of Vodacom’s success from its earliest beginnings, Shameel will be ideally placed to build on Pieter’s substantial legacy.”

Uys says: “I have had a fantastic two decades with Vodacom and will cherish many happy memories. I’m hugely proud of our people: together, we have created a powerful and trusted brand at the centre of our customers’ daily lives. It’s now time for change, and I will leave Vodacom confident that the business will prosper under Shameel’s leadership.”

Joosub comments: “Vodacom is an outstanding company, and I’m truly excited to be rejoining the team. The business has gone from strength to strength under Pieter’s leadership, providing a robust platform for us to deliver world-class products and services to our customers.”