Knott-Craig joins rival Cell C

2012-01-19 11:04

Johannesburg - Cell C has appointed former Vodacom chief Alan Knott-Craig as CEO from April 1.

The Cell C board said this was after "a comprehensive search both domestically and internationally".

Simon Duffy, the non-executive chairperson who has been interim CEO for the past six months, said: “Alan is one of the most capable and experienced leaders in the industry and I am confident that his appointment will significantly enhance Cell C’s ability to provide an excellent service to its customers and to compete even more effectively for their business."

Duffy said the board was looking to Knott-Craig to "drive and implement the company’s strategy in the next phase of its development."

Knott-Craig said: “After a break from the telecommunications industry, I am looking forward to being at the helm of Cell C. The mobile telecommunications sector is a highly innovative and disruptive industry, and I am excited about the challenge of making Cell C a more effective competitor to the dominant players."

  • Martin - 2012-01-19 11:23

    Good news for Cell C . I only hope that the Sevice levels improve

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-19 11:40

    Interesting. His son took over from him at Vodacom. So it's all one big happy family with pathetic service levels across the board...

      tinyiko valoyi - 2012-01-19 11:53

      Steven, what are you smoking. i need it. Alan jnr is not working for Vodacom at all and he never worked for Vodacom. He is at Mxit

      Frank - 2012-01-19 11:54

      I did not know Pieter Uys is his son. Remarkable.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-19 12:07

      Fair enough. Does not change the comment on the pathetic service levels though.

      100003135656744 - 2012-01-19 15:29

      I bekeive Knott-Craig Jnr owns the major shares in iBurst??

  • BlackPoison - 2012-01-19 11:55

    This will be interesting. Uhmm, just don't change Cell's color!

  • Bibi - 2012-01-19 12:05

    Allan is one of the best in the industry and surely we cannot afford to loose such giants, not even to retirement. i know Cell C is the next best thing.......... Go Allan

      RobertKay - 2012-01-19 13:16

      But can he be trusted?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-20 10:46

      loose or lose

  • pgibbings1 - 2012-01-19 13:10

    since my vodacom contract is almost due, i'll consider changing to CellC. Vodacom provided very good service when under his leadership, so hopefully Cellc will be the same.

      Guy Rice - 2012-01-19 14:38

      Go and see the complaints on about Cell C before you switch. Cell C is a bunch of rogues and I will never give them my business again.

  • gpwengineer - 2012-01-19 13:18

    I was always of the opinion that Alan Knott-Craig was overrated as a CEO. Then again most CEO's are. Lets see... A employee of Telkom gets the opportunity to run the first mobile telecommunications company in South Africa.(Why, is still unclear). Vodacom is then allowed to charge exorbitant mobile rates even up till today. Vodacom is literally printing money. The did not invent GSM. They did not create any market disruptor, nothing. I don't understand, given the "impossible to fail" scenario, the CEO is given all the credit. Not even to talk about all the controversial actions by Vodacom whereby many ideas have been stolen from the general public. Then there is Knott-Craig Jnr who always seems to be a partner in some or other business that vodacom has a current or future interest in. When you think of a brilliant CEO, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, etc comes to mind. Not someone who has helped a communication company prevent so many people from having basic communications, not to even mention the fact that people now have less disposal income because of exorbitant telephone call prices.

      Gman - 2012-01-19 13:45

      If he was a black man the media would have reminded us of this. We know that he stole ideas and gave them to his relatives. His relatives (probably unfairly) got lucrative contracts from Vodacom. they were even running their businesses from Vodaworld without paying rent.

      100003135656744 - 2012-01-19 15:27

      @gpwengineer - I fully agree with your sentiments.. Doesn’t Knott-Craig Jnr own the major shares in iBurst?? Maybe this is all a long term clandestine plan, where as Vodacom chief Knott-Craig Snr will orchestrate a iBurst buyout at 5 times the market value to keep fatter profits in the family! Time will tell…!

      Staffinity - 2012-01-19 19:55

      i agree with gpwengineer.knott-craig made sure his family benefited big time. also he used to say that he would be bringing telephony to all people and even those who never had phones, and he did, at a hell of a cost.ripping everyone off and boasting about making yearly profits of 9-11 billion,how he could have failed a a success getting into bed 50/50 with telkom vodacom couldn't fail. lets see how good he is at changing cell c around. if he does, then he knows his stuff, and if he doesn't it will show that vodacom couldn't have failed. i wonder how long it will e before his kids are involved in cell c. let C for ourselves.

  • 100003056311120 - 2012-01-19 13:42

    For some reason I can not 'like' or 'dislike' any of the comments. With this appointment there is maybe hope for Cell 'C' to be worthy of consideration for something other than "being different". I might even decide to change network after 1 April.

  • Tyron - 2012-01-19 13:43

    Why did Knott-Craig lie 2 days ago?? Knott-Craig told MyBroadband via his spokesperson Kevin Schmidt that these rumours are untrue, and that nothing has changed since the news reports surfaced last year. Pathetic!!!

  • Rowan Pillay - 2012-01-19 14:45

    you mean they fired Trevor Noah! :D

  • Concerned - 2012-01-19 15:03

    Oh, he's Restraint of Trade is over!

  • Motho - 2012-01-19 16:40

    I hope that he won't send clowns to USA on Cell C's money!

  • Wayne - 2012-01-19 16:56

    I for one, wont be holding my breath. That organisation is rotten through and through.

  • wwwnetopia - 2012-01-19 21:10

    Good April Fool's joke

  • Julie - 2012-01-20 11:54

    Great for Cell C

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