Mr Alphonzo Samuels appointed as Telkom CTO
Telkom today announced the appointment of industry veteran Mr Alphonzo
Samuels as Chief Technology Officer, taking the Company one step closer
to completing its new top leadership structure. Mr Samuels’ appointment
is with immediate effect.
Says Telkom Group CEO, Mr Sipho Maseko, “Since November last year, Telkom
has been appointing the industry’s best into top leadership positions including
most recently the appointments of Len De Villiers, Enzo Scarcella and Ian
Russell to lead the IT, Marketing and Procurement functions respectively.
“I am pleased to announce that this process has gained further momentum
with the appointment of Alphonzo Samuels as Chief Technology Officer.”
Mr Samuels joined Telkom in January 1984. During his 30 year tenure he
has held positions in the Infrastructure, Planning and Engineering environments.
More recently he has been taking care of the Wholesale and Networks organisation
as Acting Managing Director. His experience in both the Wholesale division
at Telkom as well as the Network Infrastructure division makes him the
ideal candidate for the position.
“In his new role as CTO, Alphonzo will continue the push to build an invincible
network that is capable of meeting our rigorous high-speed broadband ambitions.
He will assume responsibility for both the fixed and mobile networks.
“He will also work closely with our Transformation Office to ensure the
implementation of the functional separation of our Wholesale and Retail
divisions,” explains Mr Maseko.
“Key to his portfolio is strengthening our wholesale services to ensure
we play a decisive role in furthering South Africa’s social and economic
“Alphonzo will focus on delivering Telkom’s next generation network aspirations
and leading the transformation towards an all-IP network,” says Mr Maseko.
Says Mr Samuels, “This is an exciting time for Telkom and I am pleased
to join the ranks of those tasked to turn the Company around. The evolution
of Telkom’s network holds great promise as we gear up to deliver on South
Africa’s growing technology demands.”