Vodacom has annouced the appointment of Pieter Uys as the new group CEO, to succeed Alan Knott-Craig on 1 October. Uys will work to drive additional growth and expansion at the group.
Uys has been with Vodacom for 15 years and is currently chief operating officer.
"It has been a privilege for me to be involved in Vodacom's growth from the early days of mobile telephony to becoming South Africa`s largest mobile communications operator," says Uys.
"Under Alan's (knott-Craig's) leadership, the company has achieved formidable growth and his act will be hard to follow. Vodacom has always been a leader in product and service innovation and we will retain that focus as we continue to implement our expansion plans."
Uys joined Vodacom in 1993 and was a founder member of the company's engineering management team. He transferred to the radio systems and planning division in 1995 where he played a major role in the first phase of the planning and roll-out of Vodacom-s GSM network, which at the time was the fastest roll-out in the world.
He as also responsible for the successful launch of the Vodacom Internet Company, which quickly became a leading Internet service provider.
After several senior executive roles including the GM: operations responsible for Vodacom`s South African operations and MD of Vodacom SA, Uys was appointed as chief operating officer of the Vodacom Group in April 2004 and chairman of Vodacom SA in 2005.
Oyama Mabandla, chairman of Vodacom Group, says: "Alan recently announced his intention to retire by the end of September. The board has conducted a thorough search encompassing both internal and external candidates as we were determined to find the right candidate for the job.
"Pieter was an obvious choice – his years of experience and track record of success at Vodacom speaks volumes and his appointment ensures continuity and a smooth handover."
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