In a statement, Liquid Telcom says over the coming months, Whitehill will oversee plans to make extensive upgrades and expansions to Neotel’s network, enabling more customers to access high-speed, reliable connectivity across SA.
“Whitehill brings extensive international experience and leadership to Neotel, having served as CEO in some of the fastest growing telecoms markets across the Middle East, Asia and Africa,” the company says.
Whitehill was with Vodafone Group for almost 15 years, where he most recently served as CEO of Vodafone Qatar, overseeing the launch of the country’s fastest 4G+ network and helping to significantly grow its subscriber base, it adds.
He also spent three years as CEO of Vodafone Ghana, where he established the company as a market leader in both fixed-line and enterprise services, as well as two years as chief operating officer in India and almost seven years in the UK leading one of Vodafone’s biggest enterprise business units.
Since leaving Vodafone, Whitehill had a brief spell setting up the international arm of Ezdan Holding Group; Qatar’s real estate firm.
“This is an exciting time to be joining Neotel, as we look to reaffirm the company’s position in the market through improved services and products for our customers,” says Whitehill.
“As part of the Liquid Telecom Group, Neotel will for the first time become a truly pan-African player with access to an extensive network footprint across the continent, giving us a stronger competitive edge in South Africa and beyond.”
Following regulatory approval for the R6.55 billion acquisition in December 2016, Neotel officially joined the Liquid Telecom Group in February, and is now focused on delivering enhanced network services to enterprises and consumers.
Joining Whitehill’s management team at Neotel is chief sales and marketing officer, Michael Allschwang, whose appointment was announced in April.