Eaton appoints head of operations for South Africa

Pieter Nel, CEO Eaton South Africa

Eaton, the pan-African tower company, has appointed Pieter Nel, former Chief Executive of Plessey Group, to lead its operation in South Africa as of 1 June 2010.

Previously, Nel led the growth of Plessey Group from a small operation in two countries to its current position as a market leading pan African company across 12 countries.

“The tower market in Africa has huge potential and I am very excited to be involved with Eaton at this early stage of its development”, said Nel.

Eaton is a tower company that provides passive and active network infrastructure and related services to mobile operators across Africa.

Eaton Telecom was founded by Sanjiv Ahuja, former CEO of Orange Mobile internationally, Alan Harper, former Management Board Director of Vodafone Group Plc and Terry Rhodes, one of the founders of Celtel International (now Zain) to focus on owning and operating passive telecommunications infrastructure assets across Africa.

Eaton Telecom recently merged with Q-Venture Holdings, whose principal business is Venture Communications, to create Eaton Venture LLP (Eaton), with a presence in 12 countries.