Career Moves

Liquid Telecom appoints Mark Townsend as CEO of Zambia business

Local ICT leader joins the regional executive team to support the company’s growth in Zambia.

Johannesburg, 17 Apr 2020
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Mark Townsend.
Mark Townsend.

Liquid Telecom has appointed Mark Townsend as CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia. He will be directly responsible for the leadership and strategic management of Liquid Telecom’s business operations across Zambia.

Raised in Zambia, Townsend has more than a decade of senior leadership experience with a long-standing career working across the ICT sector in Zambia. His background includes three years as Director of Enterprise Business at MTN Zambia and leadership roles at AfriConnect and Vodacom. He joins Liquid Telecom from GardaWorld where he was Managing Director of its business in Zambia.

Townsend's arrival coincides with the company’s next phase of growth - providing fast, reliable connectivity and digital services to more business and consumers across Zambia. This follows the successful launch of Liquid Fibre and Liquid Data-On-The-Go as part of the company’s rebrand from Hai to Liquid Telecom - overseen and led by Susan Mulikita, former CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia, who resigned to pursue other interests.

“On behalf of the entire team, I would like to welcome Mark and also thank Susan for her tremendous contribution to the business. In just over a year, she established Liquid Telecom Zambia as the country’s leading fibre network and mobile data solutions provider, while also building a strong and stable foundation for continued growth, including the successful integration and rebrand of our retail business, Hai. As we bid farewell and thanks to Susan, I am delighted that Mark has accepted the role of CEO,” said Wellington Makamure, CEO of Liquid Telecom Southern Africa Region.

During her time with the company, Mulikita developed meaningful and robust relationships between Liquid Telecom Zambia and key stakeholders including government, regulators, business partners and customers who Townsend and his executive team will continue to engage with.

Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom is a leading communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Southern and South Africa that serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, hosting and co-location and digital services.

It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, stretching over 70,000km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined potential 19,000 square metres of rack space and 78 MW of power. This is in addition to offering leading cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure across our fibre footprint.

Through this combined offering Liquid Telecom is enhancing customers’ experience on their digital journey.

In October 2019, Liquid Telecom was recognised as ‘The Best African Wholesale Carrier’ for the 8th consecutive year at the Global Carrier Awards.

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