South African mobile operator Cell C has announced that former CEO Alan Knott-Craig will be returning to the company after a period of illness. While he won’t be serving in his capacity as CEO, he will be returning as an Executive Board Member.
“I would like to announce the return of Alan Knott-Craig to Cell C. Alan has made a remarkable recovery since he suffered a stroke in November last year and has officially been back at the company since 5 May 2014,” explained Cell C Chairman, Mohammed Hariri.
“Alan returns to the company in the capacity of Executive Board Member of Cell C. In his new role he will consult and advise on matters not only relating to Cell C but also concerning the Oger Telecom Group. I am very pleased that Alan has agreed to take up this new role, as his wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry is an invaluable asset for the Group at large,” he added.
Hariri also took the opportunity to thank acting CEO Jose Dos Santos. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jose Dos Santos and the entire management team of Cell C for their incredible leadership and support during Alan’s absence and for ensuring the company stays on track during a time that has seen considerable changes in the South African mobile industry.”
Even with his return, Dos Santos has officially been named as Cell C CEO. “With that, I am delighted to announce that Jose Dos Santos has now been confirmed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He has done a sterling job as Acting CEO over the last five months and with the support of a strong management team put in place by Alan, the company has gone from strength to strength.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor