SEACOM, Africa’s telecommunications and managed services provider, has announced that Alpheus Mangale, is joining SEACOM as incoming Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2023. He is a seasoned business leader with over 25 years’ experience across the enterprise, telecoms, financial services and technology markets across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will work alongside the company’s outgoing Group CEO, Oliver Fortuin, for a three-month period to ensure a smooth leadership transition, at the end of which he will assume full responsibility for the business.
“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 organisation. 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.
(TOP: Alpheus Mangale, the new Group CEO at SEACOM).
Mangale previously spent for 16 years at Dimension Data Group (now NTT), where he held various senior leadership roles, including Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Client Experience Director across Africa and the Middle East. He also held the roles of Managing Director for Cisco Systems South Africa and Chief Enterprise Officer for MTN Business in South Africa. Mangale’s most recent role was Group Chief Engineering Officer for Standard Bank across all their markets.
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, plus decades of experience managing large complex organisations, uniquely positions him to continue the excellent work done to date to transform and grow SEACOM into Africa’s largest converged telecommunications provider.
“The board and I are delighted that Alpheus has agreed to join us and lead our strategy of African expansion. We are confident, given Alpheus’s track record, knowledge and experience in this operating environment, that Alpheus is precisely the right person to lead the business at this juncture. The board and I look forward to working with him to achieve our strategic objectives. We would like to thank Oliver for his effective leadership and commitment and for redefining how we do business across the continent,” said Pieter Uys, Chairman of the SEACOM Board.
In mid March, SEACOM announced that the company’s Group CEO, Oliver Fortuin, had resigned. After retirement, Fortuin would however continue to serve in his position until June this year, during which time he will continue to support the SEACOM board and also participate in the process to announce his successor, which the company expects to conclude in the coming weeks.
“Fortuin’s decision to leave SEACOM comes as a result of a decision to be closer to his adult children who have relocated overseas,” stated Seacom.