Seacom is expanding its local team ahead of the planned commissioning of its undersea cable within a year.
The company has appointed Craig Wilson as chief financial officer and Jean-Louis Parmentier as chief operating officer.
With the project on schedule for commissioning in June 2009, these appointments represent an important step in securing Seacom's operational capacity as a key player in the African telecommunications industry.
Craig Wilson, a registered chartered accountant (SA), will be responsible for the overall financial functions of Seacom and its subsidiaries including tax compliance, administration and treasury. He will also assist in the development of future strategic initiatives.
In his capacity as COO, Jean-Louis Parmentier, a civil engineer specialising in telecommunications, will take responsibility for Seacom's operational structures across the geographies and ensure optimal resources and management efficiencies within the company.
Brian Herlihy, president of Seacom, comments: "With less than 12 months to commissioning date, Craig and Jean-Louis add critical mass to Seacom's operational readiness. Their extensive African experience in their respective fields will be highly beneficial to our operations and complement our vision of becoming a real and tangible partner to bandwidth hungry African economies."
Seacom, which is privately funded and over three-quarters African-owned, will assist communication carriers in South and East Africa through the sale of wholesale international capacity to global networks via India and Europe.
The undersea fibre optic cable system will provide African retail carriers with equal and open access to inexpensive bandwidth, removing the international infrastructure bottleneck and supporting east and southern African economic growth.