Vodacom Group has appointed Sitho Mdlalose as the new managing director of Vodacom South Africa.
Mdlalose’a appointment follows the stepping down of the current Vodacom SA managing director Balesh Sharma at the end of June.
Mdlalose is currently MD of Vodacom Tanzania, a position he has held since August 2021. He will report directly to Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub and will join the Vodacom Group executive committee. Mdlalose’s successor in Tanzania will be announced in due course.
Vodacom Group chief executive officer (CEO) Shameel Joosub about the appointment of Mdlalose said, “I am confident that Sitho is the ideal candidate to lead Vodacom South Africa in a challenging economic climate that will require proactive innovations to adjust to shifts in customer behaviour.”
“His in-depth experience, financial and business acumen, strong interpersonal skills and proven track record make him an obvious choice for this important role. I’d like to offer my personal congratulations to Sitho as we celebrate yet another internal promotion, showcasing the strong bench of executive talent at Vodacom,” adds Joosub.
In a statement, the Vodacom Group said, “During his short tenure at Vodacom Tanzania, Sitho demonstrated solid leadership in driving the delivery of Vodacom’s business strategy. His charismatic leadership has been a strong asset to rally support amongst key stakeholders surrounding the business, including policymakers, customers and staff. Sitho has also led the Tanzania business through multiple strategic negotiations which have positioned its operations for recovery and future growth.”
Before being appointed MD of Vodacom Tanzania in 2021, he was then interim group chief finance officer and finance director for Vodacom South Africa.