Miriam Altman to head Telkom strategy - TechCentral

Miriam Altman to head Telkom strategy

Miriam Altman

Miriam Altman

Telkom has tapped a member of Trevor Manuel’s National Planning Commission as its new head of strategy. Miriam Altman will join the troubled telecommunications operator on 1 June.

Altman, who will report directly to newly appointed Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko, will support the development and execution of Telkom’s strategy, the company says in a statement.

Altman is the partner of Leslie Maasdorp, who serves as a nonexecutive director on Telkom’s board. A Telkom spokesman says the company was “well aware” of the fact that Altman is Maasdorp’s partner as this was declared during the recruitment process.

“The Telkom board was not involved in the recruitment process … as it was an executive appointment managed by the company’s group CEO,” the spokesman tells TechCentral. “We are confident that there will not be a conflict of interest as Altman will be reporting directly to the group CEO and will not be part of exco or the board.”

Altman was an executive director at the Human Sciences Research Council from 2002 to 2010. She will continue to service on the planning commission.

“The appointment of a seasoned executive with strategy and policy development experience is another building block in Telkom’s turnaround process,” says Maseko.

“Telkom is in the process of reviewing its strategy to ensure that it delivers on its mandate and restores its financial health. The objective of Telkom’s turnaround is to deliver sustainable performance. Several areas of the business are under review, and a coordinated set of initiatives are already underway.

“This strategy will require a strong leadership team with the ability to ensure performance and execution and gain the support of all its stakeholders.”

Altman has a BA in economics from McGill University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester.  — (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media

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