MTN CTO steps down

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Second mobile operator MTN will bid farewell to its chief technology officer, Sameer Dave, after he opted not to renew his three-year contract with the operator.

“Sameer Dave, the current MTN SA chief technology officer, will be vacating his role at the end of December 2010,” says MTN SA MD Karel Pienaar. Dave will continue providing his expert guidance to some of the MTN Group operations, he adds.

According to Pienaar, Kanagaratnam Lambotharan will take over from Sameer, effective 1 January 2011.

“Lambo joined MTN SA during 1999 and has since held numerous positions within the organisation. He is currently at MTN Group Technology, reporting to the technology division,” he states.

Meanwhile, MTN has yet to announce a successor for its CEO, Phuthuma Nhleko. MTN announced Nhleko's resignation in March, indicating he would move on by March next year, but will be available to the board after leaving.

He has also agreed to stay on until March, at the latest, to facilitate the handover process, despite his contract expiring in mid-year.

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