JSE-listed South African technology company (ICT) Gijima has announced the appointment of Eileen Wilton as interim CEO. Wilton takes over from Jonas Bogoshi, who has led the company for the past five years and is leaving to pursue other interests.
Formerly Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Old Mutual and Anglo American, Wilton joined Gijima earlier this year 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.
Gijima’s objective is to become a world-class innovative, trend-leading African ICT company whose customer-centric model ensures its continued relevance to the market.
Wilton will work closely with Bogoshi over the next three months 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 organization 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. 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,” says Bogoshi.
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.