Former Vodafone Exec Named Neotel CEO

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Kyle Whitehill has been named the Chief Executive Officer of pan-African telecommunications group, Liquid Telecom.

Liquid Telecom acquired the South African communications network operator Neotel for R6.55 billion in February 2017 in a transaction that gave rise to the largest pan-African broadband network, enabling access to 40, 000kms of cross-border, metro and fibre networks through a single access point.

Whitehill will oversee Neotel’s extensive upgrades and expansions which are expected to enable more customers to access high-speed, reliable connectivity across South Africa.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Neotel, as we look to reaffirm the company’s position in the market through improved services and products for our customers,” Kyle Whitehill said of his appointment.

Kyle takes to Neotel extensive international experience and leadership from various managerial positions in telecoms across the Middle East and Africa.

He worked for the Vodafone Group for 15 years, his most recent appointment as CEO of Vodafone Qatar where he oversaw the launch of the country’s 4G+ network.  Whitehill was also the CEO of Vodafone Ghana; the Chief Operating Officer of the company in India; and Head of Vodafone UK’s biggest enterprise business units.

Prior to joining Neotel, he helped set up the international arm of Qatar’s largest real estate firm, Ezdan Holding Group.

Whitehill’s appointment follows the earlier appointment of Raj Jandu as the Neotel CFO and Michael Allschwang as the company’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

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