Overview of Management

The Management Team is responsible for:

  • Managing the Group’s operations, developing strategy and policy proposals for the Board’s consideration and implementing the Board’s directives.
  • Leading executives, management and employees
  • Developing the annual budget and business plan for the Board’s approval
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures, internal controls, governance, risk management, ethics and authority levels

Executive committee

  • Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub

    Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub (49)

    Chief Executive Officer and executive director of Vodacom Group

    Chairman of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee & Vodacom (Pty) Limited

    Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

    Qualifications:
    Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) (Unisa) and MBA (Southern Queensland University, Australia), Associated General Accountant and Commercial and Financial Accountant (SA)

    Shameel joined Vodacom in 1994 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Vodacom Group Limited, a position he has held since 2012. He has extensive telco experience having operated at a senior level in various companies across the group for the last 22 years, including Managing Director at Vodacom South Africa and Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone Spain. Shameel holds board positions at Vodacom Group Limited, Safaricom Plc, and a number of subsidiary boards across the group. Shameel served on the Vodacom Group Board from 2000 until March 2011, when he was seconded to Spain. He was re-appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in September 2012 after his return from Spain. Shameel also sits on the board of Business Leadership South Africa. He was appointed to the Vodafone Group Exco in April 2020.

  • Sitholizwe Mdlalose

    Sitholizwe Mdlalose (40)

    Interim Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Vodacom Group

    Member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee

    Executive Director: Finance of Vodacom South Africa

    Qualifications:
    BCompt

    Sitho was appointed to the role of interim chief financial officer and Executive Director of Vodacom Group with effect from 1 July 2020. Sitho has over 20 years finance, management and consulting experience. He was appointed to the role of executive director: finance at Vodacom South Africa in 2017 having been the CFO: Vodacom International Business since 2014. He has held a number of senior executive roles at Vodacom / Vodafone since joining the Vodafone Group in 2007 as a senior finance manager.

  • Dejan Kastelic

    Balesh Chandra Sharma (55)

    Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa
    Member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    is an alumni of the Harvard Business School and Mayo College and holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Engineering College, Kota and an MBA from Podar Institute of Management in Jaipur, India.

    Balesh was appointed to the role of Managing Director and executive director of Vodacom South Africa with effect from 1 September 2020. Balesh was previously the Director of Special Projects for the Vodafone Group, where he has recently supported the roll out of a new telecom operation in Oman and has been tasked with driving the Covid-19 response for African markets. Previously, he was CEO of Vodafone Idea and the Chief Operating Officer of Vodafone India. He successfully oversaw the integration of Vodafone Idea and drove the strategy and execution of the combined business, delivering substantial synergies in the very first year post merger.

    Balesh has been with Vodafone Group for over 17 years and in the past he has held various senior management positions including CEO, Vodafone Czech Republic and CEO Vodafone Malta. Before joining Vodafone Group Balesh has worked for Hutchison, BPL Mobile, Xius, DCM, Ricoh and Xerox.

  • Mariam Cassim

    Mariam Cassim (38)

    Chief Officer: Vodacom Financial Services
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Executive director of Vodacom SA
    Qualifications:
    CA(SA), MBA (Cum Laude)

    Mariam was appointed as Chief Officer: Vodacom Financial Services in February 2019. Mariam joined the Vodacom Group in November 2016 serving as the Managing Executive of Financial Services. Since joining Vodacom Mariam has successfully formulated and implemented a clear Financial Services strategy with three core focus areas (Payments, Lending and Insurance) growing it to over a billion rand profit business, making it a meaningful player in the Financial Services industry in South Africa. Mariam joined the Vodacom Group from Telesure Group Services where she served as the Commercial Executive leading both the Commercial and Business Intelligence business units. Prior to her tenure at Telesure, Mariam held various roles at Thebe Investment Corporation, a leading South African BEE investment company, building a career in Corporate Finance, Debt Structuring and Synergy extraction within the portfolio of companies. Mariam is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business where she graduated Cum Laude.

     

  • Diego Gutierrez

    Diego Gutierrez (44)

    Chief Officer: International Business
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    Major in Business Administration, Marketing and Sales and Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Diego Gutierrez was appointed as Chief Officer: International Business from 1 August 2017. Diego possesses more than 17 years of international cross-functional experience in the telecommunications industry with special focus on emerging markets in Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. He comes with proven success in business turnarounds, enhancing operational efficiency, leading organisations through critical transitions, and translating corporate strategies into tangible operating results.

  • Matimba Mbungela

    Matimba Mbungela (48)

    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    B Admin (University of Venda), Post Graduate Diploma in HR (UCT), MBA (UKZN), and also a graduate of the Vodafone Global HR Excellence Program.

    Matimba is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Vodacom Group. Prior to this role, he was Managing Executive: HR for Vodacom South Africa until April 2014. Matimba has worked within the Vodacom/Vodafone Group since 2003 during which he worked in various roles within HR. He subsequently spent 3 years on secondment to Vodafone as Regional Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Change, and Regional Head of Talent within the Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific “AMAP” region. Prior to his assignment to the Vodafone AMAP Region, Matimba was responsible for Talent Management at Vodacom for six years where he successfully delivered the integration of our talent strategy into the Vodafone global strategy. His previous experience includes key HR roles in blue chip companies such as BMW South Africa and Unilever. In October 2015 Matimba was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Vodacom Business Nigeria Board, in May 2017 as a Non-Executive Director on the YeboYethu Board and as Non-Executive Director of Vodacom Tanzania in August 2017.

  • Nkateko Nyoka

    Nkateko Nyoka (57)

    Chief Officer: Legal & Regulatory
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    Masters in Law and Public Administration (Harvard), LLB and B. Proc (Wits)

    Nkateko joined Vodacom as Chief Officer: Regulatory and Stakeholder Relations. Prior to joining Vodacom, he held several positions at MTN, including Group Executive for Corporate Services where his responsibilities included Legal, Regulatory, Company Secretariat and the MTN Foundation. Nkateko was CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”). He was appointed to the Vodacom Group Executive Committee on 1 November 2010.

  • Joaquim Jorge Cerqueira Mendes

    Joaquim Jorge Cerqueira Mendes (46)

    Chief Officer: Consumer Business Unit
    Member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Executive director of Vodacom SA
    Qualifications:
    Vodacom Advanced Executive Program (UNISA), Customer care & Call Centre Diploma (Damelin College), Project Management (Xpert Project Management)

    Jorge Mendes is the Chief Officer: Consumer Business Unit. Jorge joined Vodacom in 1994, and since then he has played a number of roles in the business. He has also successfully managed all the sales channels within South Africa and has driven strong operational management in the regions. During his tenure in the business he has worked in our businesses in Tanzania, DRC and Mozambique.

     

  • Takalani Netshitenzhe

    Takalani Netshitenzhe (52)

    Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Executive director of Vodacom SA
    Qualifications:
    LLB (Wits), Higher Diploma in Company Law (Wits), BJuris (University of Venda), Master's Degree Security Studies (University of Pretoria), Executive Education and Post Graduate Certificates (Wits and Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

    Taki was appointed as Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs for Vodacom Group with effect from September 2016. She was later appointed as Executive Director in Vodacom South Africa and Chairperson of the Vodacom Foundation. Taki has had a stint as a part-time lecturer in Administrative Law at the University of Venda. She then spent 20years in government mainly as a lawyer and policy advisor in the security cluster whilst employed in the Ministry for Intelligence Services. She developed well-honed legal skills as a law writer and legal advisor in public policy development as well as stakeholder and relationship management. These competencies were augmented during her 4 year stint as Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Hungary and Croatia. Before taking up the diplomatic post, she operated as CEO of Electronic Communications Security (Pty) (Ltd), a state owned entity that was established under the then National Intelligence Agency. She received several merit awards which include the Hungarian Eotvos (ELTE) University commemorative medal and certificate for relentless efforts to promote academic and cultural collaboration between South Africa and Hungary, and deepening bilateral relations between the two countries. She was also awarded the Intelligence Services Woman of the Year award for meritorious contribution to the South African intelligence policy and legal dispensation. She was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1996. Taki is currently the Read to Lead Ambassador for the Department of Basic Education.

     

  • Errol Van Graan

    Errol van Graan (46)

    Chief Officer: Commercial Operations
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    Degree in Cost and Management Accounting (Cape Peninsula University), Vodafone Inspire Programme and Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme.

    Errol was appointed as Chief Officer: Commercial Operations Business Unit from 1 February 2018, Prior to this he was at Vodafone Australia where he held the position of Director: Customer Operations since 2015, and delivered the Customer Service and Experience strategy for the company. Errol started his career at Vodacom in 2004 as a Regional Trainer in the Vodacom Academy. In 2007 he was promoted to Executive Head: Vodacom Academy. He continued to build his career within Vodacom and Vodafone and held various Customer Service Support and Operations Director roles. Errol is well experienced in leading customer operations and consumer contact centers having worked in Romania and Australia.

     

  • William Mzimba

    William Mzimba (51)

    Chief Officer: Vodacom Business
    Member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Executive director of Vodacom SA
    Qualifications:
    MBA from Bond University, BA (Honours) in Business Studies from De Montfort University, Management Advancement Programme (MAP) from Wits, and a Diploma in Datametrics (Computer Science) from UNISA.

    William Mzimba is the Chief Officer: Vodacom Business and a member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee. He joined Vodacom on 1 May 2018.

    He is responsible for Vodacom’s Enterprise Units in Africa, leading a team tasked with driving digital transformation in targeted industries and markets working with large & small enterprises, corporates, small office/home office (SoHo) and Governments.William joined from Accenture Africa where he was the Chief Executive and Chairman since 2006. In that role, he oversaw the growth and strategy of Accenture in Africa, advised clients on their business strategies, helped transform their businesses and build technology platforms.

    He played a key role in positioning Accenture as the foremost innovative digital services firm in digital marketing and customer experience, cloud, industrial internet of things, applied intelligence (analytics, big data and Artificial Intelligence) and security. He built industrial scale delivery centres for technology, business process outsourcing, research and liquid studio used for rapid prototyping and open innovation. He also served as their Financial Services Industry lead, taking responsibility for their banking and insurance businesses.

    Prior to joining Accenture in 2000, William was Co-founder and Director of a technology consulting business and IT training business. He also worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, NSB as well as Sage Life in various leadership roles. He is a passionate entrepreneur, innovator and disruptor. He is increasingly recognised as one of the continent’s pre-eminent business and thought leaders. One of the flagship platforms he created includes the Accenture Innovation Index and Conference, which is renowned for cultivating thought leadership on innovation.

  • Puso Manthata

    Puso Manthata (41)

    Chief Officer: Strategy & New Business Development
    Member of Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    B.Compt (Honours) CA(SA)

    Puso is the Chief Officer: Strategy & New Business Development since 1 June 2020. Puso is a Chartered Accountant and brings well over 16 years of experience in investment banking, having worked at multi-national and local investment banks such as Investec, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Rand Merchant Bank. He has worked across several disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, restructurings, Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets. Prior to joining Vodacom, he co-headed Rand Merchant Bank’s Corporate Finance division and subsequently appointed as Business Development Director for clients in the telecoms and industrial sectors.

     

  • Peter Ndegwa

    Peter Ndegwa (51)

    Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom PLC
    Member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

    Peter was appointed as a member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee with effect from August 2020. Peter is the CEO of Safaricom PLC, a leading communications company in Africa. Safaricom is also the pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed payment system. Peter joined Safaricom in April 2020. He is an experienced Board level leader with a wealth of experience in General Management, Commercial and Business Strategy, Sales and Finance Operations, having spent over 25 years in various roles within the Financial Services and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors in Africa and Europe. In his most recent role, Peter was responsible for Diageo PLC operations in 50 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and North Africa regions. Previously, he served as CEO in Guinness Nigeria PLC and Guinness Breweries PLC, transforming the two operations to deliver a double-digit growth by investing in people, introducing new brands and re-organising the businesses.

    As a Chief Executive in several markets within the Diageo Group, Peter demonstrated ability to transform businesses and organisations to deliver superior results. He has a real passion for delivering value to customers (with his principle of customer first), investing in talent and getting things done. Peter served for eight years across a range of senior Executive Director roles at East Africa Breweries Limited (a Diageo subsidiary) based in Nairobi. Serving as the Group Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Group Strategy Director, Sales Director, and as an Executive Director on the EABL Board, he was part of the team that saw the EABL business more than doubled in value – and winning the coveted Most Respected Business Award in East Africa for five years in a row.

    Peter is credited with the development of an affordable-beer strategy for EABL resulting in the production of new brands such as Senator beer which became one of the of the most successful innovations by Diageo. He started his career at PwC, the global consulting firm, where he worked for 11 years. Peter draws his inspiration, in particular from his early upbringing laying the foundations for his strong value set, from his teachers and the legendary Dr Geoffrey Griffin - the late founder of Starehe Boys Centre- his alma mater, and his parents.

  • Dejan Kastelic

    Dejan Kastelic (43)

    Chief Technology Officer
    Member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee
    Qualifications:
    A graduate of the University of Maribor, is enrolled in an MBA program at IEDC Bled and has also studied at Harvard University, Boston in the United States and INSEAD.

    Qualifications: a graduate of the University of Maribor, is enrolled in an MBA program at IEDC Bled and has also studied at Harvard University, Boston in the United States and INSEAD.

    Dejan was appointed as Chief Technology Officer for Vodacom Group and a member of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee with effect from August 2020. Dejan joins Vodacom from PT Indosat Ooredoo TBK, where he served as the Chief Technology and Information Officer, part of Ooredoo Group from Qatar. He was also the Director of Indosat Singapore Pte. Ltd. and is the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Posta Slovenije d.o.o. Dejan began his professional career with the first alternative provider of telecommunication services Amis Ltd. in Slovenia, and was later promoted to the Chief Technology Officer in 2004 as the company progressed to MBO acquisition. In 2009, he continued his path with IBM Central and Eastern Europe in Global Technology Services as the Resource Deployment Manager for the region. He joined the Telekom Austria Group in 2012 and initially took over the Executive Director and Chief Technology and Information Officer position for Vip mobile Serbia. He was later assigned as the Cluster Executive Director and CTIO overseeing Vip mobile Serbia and A1 Slovenia. In 2015, he was assigned to the A1 Bulgaria in the same capacity until he was appointed to his previous role at Indosat.