Cell C makes changes to board

January 29, 2020 • Company News, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

The Cell C Board has announced the appointment of two independent non-executive directors, Sindi Zilwa and Mark Nelson-Smith, who join the board with immediate effect. Zahir Williams, Cell C’s Chief Legal Officer also joins the Board as Company Secretary.

The South African network provider says these appointments are in line with its continued commitment to good governance and focus on transformation.

Joe Mthimunye, Cell C Board Chairman says, “These appointments are an integral part of Cell C’s journey to improved financial stability, sound business ethics, good governance, better operational performance and sustainability.”

Zilwa is an exceptionally well-regarded, experienced businesswoman and Chartered Accountant and Chartered Director, CD (SA). She has sat on a number of boards including Listed Companies, Public Sector Companies, NGO’s and across a variety of industries.  Having been previously a Chairman of BUSA Standing Committee on Transformation and a Chair of Social and Ethics Committees at various companies, her experience in this regard will be a vital asset to the Board’s transformation.

Nelson-Smith is a highly experienced, non-executive director with a proven track record in corporate finance.  He is a seasoned dealmaker, focused on business turnaround, value maximisation and monetisation, strategy and governance. He has served as Chairman of Invitel, one of Hungary’s largest cable and telecoms companies following its financial restructuring and as a non-executive director of Primacom, at the time Germany’s fourth-largest cable company during its operational and financial turnaround.

Williams is responsible for Legal, Regulatory and Governance at Cell C. He is a seasoned senior legal executive with more than 20 years of multi-jurisdictional corporate law experience, working in fast-paced, highly competitive and complex international business environments. Most recently, Williams led the legal and regulatory function for Vodacom Business Africa Group for 25 countries on the African continent as well as the UK.  Prior to this, he held key positions at multi-national energy firms BP and TOTAL, leading their Africa Legal and Governance functions.

Edited by Jenna Delport

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