‘Pirates man’ Maseko heads to Vodacom

2011-05-31 13:12

Mobile phone operator Vodacom has appointed a top business executive to head its South African operation.

Vodacom roped in Sipho Maseko today to become Vodacom SA’s managing director.

Maseko has been the chief executive of BP Southern Africa since 2008.

He will also be a member of the Vodacom Group board.

“Sipho has impressed us with his business acumen, leadership approach and track record in a multinational environment,” said Vodacom Group CEO Pieter Uys.

“We believe he will make a refreshing contribution to our business and we look forward to welcoming him on board,” said Uys.

Maseko said: “I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career and thank my colleagues at BP for a fulfilling tenure there.”

Maseko’s move to Vodacom ends speculation about his future career after he was linked to a move to parastatal Transnet in 2009.

At the time, he was reportedly favoured by Transnet’s then chief executive Chris Wells to take over as the parastatal’s group chief executive.

However, Maseko pulled out of the recruitment race because it was mired in controversy.

Siyabonga Gama, the chief executive of Transnet’s Freight Rail division, also eyed the job of group chief executive though he had been suspended for allegedly authorising the awarding of a contract to a company linked to former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda.

Maseko is a staunch Orlando Pirates supporter, which became the first team to win three cups in the Premier Soccer League this season. Vodacom is Pirates’ main sponsor.

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