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26 May 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Liquid Telecom has appointed former Vodafone executive Kyle Whitehill to run its South African network, Neotel, which it bought for $429 million in 2016.
Whitehill will be CEO of Neotel, formerly owned by Tata
Communications, and will oversee plans to make extensive
upgrades and expansions to the network, enabling more customers
to access high-speed, reliable connectivity across South
Africa, said Liquid.
"As part of the Liquid Telecom Group, Neotel will for the
first time become a truly pan-African player with access to an
extensive network footprint across the continent, giving us a
stronger competitive edge in South Africa and beyond," said
Neotel officially became part of the Liquid Telecom group,
which is owned by Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless, in
February 2017 after last year’s takeover.
Whitehill spent 15 years of his career in the Vodafone group,
including three years as CEO of Vodafone Ghana and then three
as CEO of Vodafone Qatar, a company he left a year ago. Since then he has been
in Doha, setting up the international arm of Ezdan Holding
Group; Qatar’s largest real estate firm.
"This is an exciting time to be joining Neotel, as we look to
reaffirm the company’s position in the market
through improved services and products for our customers," said
Last month Neotel appointed former Vodacom executive Michael
Allschwang as chief sales and marketing officer.