Cell C’s CEO Steps Down From His Role

Cell C's Jose Dos Santos has decided to step down from his role as the mobile operator's Chief Executive Officer as from the 1st March 2019.

Cell C announced in a statement that Dos Santos would now take up the position of a consultant giving strategic guidance to the chairman of the Cell C board.

In this new role, Dos Santos will be involved in the conveyance of Cell C's strategic intent, which will include the restructuring of Cell C's debt to make sure that the company continues to be sustainable.

The Chairman of Cell C, Kuben Pillay said that the mobile operator was thankful to Jose for all of his tireless work in the past six years. Pillay said that Dos Santos had successfully led Cell C through some of its most turbulent times, and had spearheaded the recapitalisation of the company.
He added that Dos Santos had been a visionary leader and the company was confident that he would apply the exact same vigour in his new role.

Cell C said that an interim CEO would be announced soon and that the interim CEO would hold the fort until such time as a permanent appointment is secured.

Dos Santos had been the successor of Alan Knott-Craig at Cell C in 2014 and was the third CEO of Cell C.

Before joining Cell C, Dos Santos was the CEO of Vodacom Mozambique (2005 to 2012). He had also been part of the original team that started Cell C - the only competitor at the time to MTN and Vodacom - in 2001.

Between 2001 and 2003, Dos Santos had held the position of MD at Cell C. He was the MD of Autopage Cellular between 1999 and 2001 and had also worked at Message Link and Alcatel.

Dos Santos is an active member of the South African Institute of Marketing Management and the South African Institute of Directors.

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