Since Telkom’s appointment of Sipho Maseko as CEO back in April last year, they have seen several changes to their top management as they redesign and fill out leadership positions. A few of the new appointments include:
Len De Villiers – CIO
Len De Villiers was appointed as the new CIO of Telkom last November.
De Villiers is a former CIO for both Nedbank and Absa and has over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry.
The role of CIO was newly created at Telkom when De Villiers took it up and now forms part of the newly designed leadership structure which included Sipho Maseko as group CEO, Brian Armstrong as group chief operating officer and Miriam Altman as head of strategy.
It is hoped that the appointment will help Telkom strengthen their focus on innovation, research, and development.
Enzo Scarcella – Chief Marketing Officer
Enzo Scarcella was also announced as the new Chief Marketing Officer at the end of last year and formally took up the position this February.
Scarcella is a former managing executive at Vodacom and has 18 years’ worth of experience with previous management positions at some of the country’s biggest brands, including Castle Lager, M-Net and Edgars.
Speaking about his appointment, Scarcella said, “I have watched with keen interest the changes at Telkom over the past few months and I look forward to now being a part of the company’s transformation journey. The Telkom brand holds great promise and I am committed to bringing out the best that it has to offer.”
Ian Russell – Chief Procurement Officer
Ian Russell also took up his new position in February as the Chief Procurement Officer.
Russell has said that he has plans to put a new procurement strategy in place that would lend “impetus” to the company’s turnaround, saying, “Procurement is one of those functions that straddles all Telkom’s operations.”
Alphonzo Samuels – Chief Technology Officer
Samuels is a veteran of Telkom who joined the company in January 1984. During his 30 year tenure he has held positions in the infrastructure, planning and engineering environments.
He has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the implementation of the functional separation of our Wholesale and Retail divisions at Telkom and delivering Telkom’s next generation network aspirations.
With the advent of these new appointments, Telkom has now filled out its new leadership structure. What remains to be seen is if the new leaders can work together as a cohesive team to turn Telkom around and enable it to reach its full potential as a world class Telecoms service provider.