Mobile operator 8ta is in the market for a new marketing and sales executive. Stephen Blewett, who had filled this role until last week, has resigned.
Blewett joined 8ta, which is the mobile arm of Telkom and SA’s fourth cellphone network operator, in 2009 as a contractor for an initial one-year term. The contract was subsequently renewed a couple of times.
Blewett was formerly the CEO of Altech Autopage Cellular, the country’s largest independent cellular service provider.
As the head of 8ta’s marketing, Blewett oversaw its initial launch and its early successes with its 10GB for R199/month “Go Big” contract campaign and the launch of BlackBerry offerings on the network.
Blewett told TechCentral he is likely to remain in the industry but is on three months’ “gardening leave”.
News of his departure comes after 8ta announced earlier this year that it was looking to appoint a CEO after 8ta head Amith Maharaj was moved into a different role in the organisation. 8ta has made no statements about the CEO position since then.
Asked for comment, Telkom says the mobile division’s managing executive for sales, Pieter Spies, will oversee Blewett’s role until a permanent replacement can be found. — (c) 2012 NewsCentral Media