PMB man becomes Nokia’s new MD

2013-07-25 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG-BORN Shaun Durandt, a Maritzburg College old boy, was announced as the new managing director of Nokia in South Africa this week.

After living in Hayfields all his life and attending Scottsville Primary, Durandt admitted that he missed the extremely tight-knit community of the city, which he left 16 years ago to follow his heart to his wife, Karen, in 1996.

“I lived in Pietermaritzburg for 22 years and left when I finished my studies. It is quite difficult to pinpoint what I miss, as I lived there in a different phase of my life. But one thing that I will always remember is the quality of life. It was great growing up there and I often think how nice that would be for my own kids. There is a slower pace of life and it is an extremely tight-knit community,” he said.

Durandt, whose mother and sister still live in the city, also said he did not visit Pietermaritzburg as often as he wanted to.

“Admittedly, I don’t visit often enough, perhaps once or twice a year. My mom comes up to Johannesburg to visit the family here, so I get to see her then,” he said.

Durandt has more than a decade of industry experience. He held senior management roles within MTN’s retail and operational structures prior to joining BlackBerry.

During his time at BlackBerry, he held various sales and strategic positions over the past five years, the most recent being head of distribution for Africa, before joining Nokia.

“I consider my new role at Nokia as an enormous opportunity, with good timing being absolutely key. I look forward to being part of this chapter in the Nokia story and to contributing to the emotional affinity that customers throughout South Africa have for the Nokia brand.”

Durandt will be at the helm the Nokia business within South Africa to ensure that the company’s long-term goals are met.

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