Earlier this month, we told you that SEACOM was looking for a new successor after Oliver Fortuin Stepped Down. Fortuin’s decision to leave SEACOM comes as a result of his desire to be closer to his adult children who have relocated overseas.
SEACOM has today announced the appointment of Alpheus Mangale as its new Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 1, 2023. Mangale is a seasoned business leader with over 25 years of experience in enterprise, telecoms, financial services, and technology markets across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He previously spent 16 years at Dimension Data Group (now NTT) in various senior leadership roles, including Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Client Experience Director across Africa and the Middle East. He has also held roles such as Managing Director for Cisco Systems South Africa and Chief Enterprise Officer for MTN Business in South Africa, and his most recent role was Group Chief Engineering Officer for Standard Bank across all their markets.
“I am delighted to join SEACOM at this critical time in Africa’s digital transformation and the business’ own transformation. I look forward to continuing to drive the strategy that has set the company on becoming a Pan-African converged telecommunications organization. Much has been achieved in the past two years, and I am excited to be part of a truly African business as we expand our services and geographic footprint further”, said Mangale.
The outgoing CEO, Oliver Fortuin, will work alongside Mangale for three months to ensure a smooth leadership transition, after which Mangale will assume full responsibility for the business. Mangale expressed his excitement in joining SEACOM at this critical time in Africa’s digital transformation and the business’ own transformation. He also stated that he is looking forward to continuing to drive the strategy that has set the company on becoming a Pan-African converged telecommunications organization.
SEACOM’s Chairman of the Board, Pieter Uys, expressed confidence in the new CEO, citing Mangale’s track record, knowledge, and experience in the African business environment. The board is looking forward to working with Mangale to achieve the company’s strategic objectives, particularly its expansion in Africa.
SEACOM has made significant progress in the past two years, and with Mangale’s appointment, the company is poised to continue its transformation and growth into Africa’s largest converged telecommunications provider. Mangale’s experience in running the largest enterprise telecommunications unit in Africa, coupled with his intimate knowledge of the South African and African business environment, and decades of experience managing large complex organizations, positions him uniquely to lead the business at this critical juncture.