Telkom group head to retire

2010-06-04 09:09

Telkom group chief executive officer Reuben September will retire

from his position and resign his directorship at the expiry of his contract in


In a statement today, Telkom said a successor to September would be

announced in due course.

“The depth of Telkom’s existing leadership experience and expertise

will ensure that the period of transition will be a smooth one,” the

communications company said.

It said that as group chief, September’s vision in terms of

Telkom’s transformation and growth imperatives was such that he became known as

“an explorer of new frontiers; a leader who understood the changing nature of

the ICT industry and who guided Telkom into areas with growth potential”.

His pivotal role in leading the disposal of the 50% interest in

Vodacom, Telkom’s restructuring, the launch of Cybernest and Telkom’s entry into

the cellphone market later this year “attest to September’s strategic vision and

leadership over many years”.

September joined the former department of posts and

telecommunications in 1977 as a pupil technician.

“Recognising his potential, the department gave him an opportunity

to pursue his tertiary studies at the University of Cape Town where he graduated

with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronic engineering, thus

becoming the first black engineer to be employed by the department.”

Telkom said that during the past 33 years, September had assumed

responsibility for a number of engineering and commercial positions, including

managing executive for technology and network services, chief technical officer

and chief operating officer.

“His long and distinguished career culminated in his appointment as

acting chief executive officer (April 2007) before becoming Telkom’s chief

executive officer in November 2007.”

He was appointed as a director of the board in May 2007 and he also

served as a director of Vodacom.

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