Gijima, the large ICT company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has announced it has appointed Eileen Wilton as interim CEO following the resignation of former CEO Jonas Bogoshi.
Bogoshi led Gijima for the past five years and is leaving the ICT company to pursue other interests.
Wilton has extensive experience in ICT having served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Old Mutual and Anglo American. She joined Gijima earlier in 2012 as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Her responsibilities included working closely with Bogoshi to develop and implement Gijima’s service delivery and growth strategy – a plan that entails enhancing the company’s competitive advantage, increasing its footprint in Africa and other identified growth markets and deploying its home-grown intellectual property to the market.
A handover program has been put in place where over the next three months Wilton will work closely with Bogoshi to ensure a seamless handover and business continuity.
“With the full backing of the board and the chairman, I am happy to step-in as interim CEO during this transition period while the search for a permanent replacement for Jonas continues,” says Wilton.
“As interim CEO, I will continue to make sure we deliver high quality service to our clients. Our commitment towards our people and the achievement of a high performance organisation is clear, together with the drive to create an innovation culture and the establishment of home grown intellectual property.”
Bogoshi says he is satisfied with the position in which he leaves Gijima.
“I joined Gijima in 2007 with a clear target to build a solid customer centric company following the merger with AST,” he said. “I believe we have done that. My biggest objective though was creating intellectual property (IP) in a South African-owned company. Gijima launched its first mobile IT platform at the beginning of October. Not only is this a first for Gijima but the IP will create annuity revenue for the company.”
The board of Gijima says Bogoshi leaves behind a company whose solid footing positions it well for growth.
“We have confidence in Eileen Wilton’s competence and ability to continue on the current trajectory that puts the needs and wants of our customers first. She has proven herself to be an asset to the company in a short period of time,” says Gijima Chairman Robert Gumede.
Meanwhile the board of Gijima will continue its local and international search for potential candidates for the CEO position.