South Africa’s Telkom has appointed Attila Vitai as its new mobile division head.
Vitai, an industry veteran, becomes the managing director of Telkom Mobile. He officially assumed his role yesterday.
Vitai holds an MBA from the Henley Business School at the University of Reading. He also happens to be a qualified chartered accountant with qualifications obtained in BA Accounting and Finance as well as certified general accounting.
His wealth of experience spans 20 years of senior management roles in the telecoms industry.
Speaking on Vitai’s appointment, outgoing Telkom CEO said: “I am confident that Attila’s vast knowledge and experience of this industry will translate into positive growth in our mobile arm. We welcome him to Telkom and wish him all the best in his new endeavour,”
He worked 12 years at Motorola as the vice president in Europe and eight years as CEO of two large Vodafone businesses in Hungary and Turkey, in both positions turning the company into a challenger in demanding developing markets.
This experience will be invaluable as Vitai executes on his mandate to grow Telkom Mobile into a profitable and sustainable business in this highly competitive industry.
Vitai has been hailed as having a reputation for being a very focused and successful executive, who has excelled in turning around companies and delivering strong results.
It is hoped that Vitai’s appointment and other expected changes at Telkom will turn things around for the troubled, partly government owned, telecommunications company as some analysts are already expecting its profits to plummet.