Vodacom has appointed Rene Meza as MD for Vodacom Tanzania.

Currently Managing Director of Bharti Airtel’s Kenya operations, Rene brings more than 12 years’ international experience in telecommunications across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Vodacom’s CEO for international operations, Johan Dennelind, comments: “We’re very excited to have Rene joining the team. He brings a wide range of experience from emerging markets as diverse as Paraguay, Pakistan and Kenya.

“He was also previously CEO for Millicom’s (Tigo) operations in Tanzania which means that he’ll be up and running in this new role very quickly.”

Rene replaces Dietlof Mare, who had requested to change roles after spending almost five years in Tanzania.  An announcement as to Dietlof’s new role will be made in due course.

“Under Dietlof’s direction, Vodacom Tanzania has grown considerably.  It’s now our second largest operation outside South Africa and has over nine million customers.  Dietlof has led the business admirably and has been instrumental in the implementation of M-Pesa and other initiatives that have placed the company well for the future,” says Dennelind.