Neotel offices in Midrand , north of Johannesburg. Picture: Nicholas Rama

Johannesburg - Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has added two new members to Neotel’s leadership team in South Africa.

This follows its R6.5 billion buyout of what was meant to be SA’s second national operator in the middleof last year. Neotel had previously seen the bulk of its executives depart over a scandal.

Raj Jandu has been appointed Neotel CFO while Michael Allschwang has been appointed Neotel’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Liquid says in a statement issued on Tuesday. They form part of a new leadership team that will oversee major investment in Neotel’s networks and services after the company officially joined the Liquid Telecom Group in February.

Raj joins Neotel from Liquid Telecom, where he has been CFO for the east Africa region since 2013, overseeing the financial management and growth of the company’s operations in several key markets.

Previously serving as CFO of Altech Technologies in east Africa for five years, he made the switch to Liquid Telecom after it acquired Altech’s networks assets, which included operations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Prior to that he served as Finance Manager for Sameer Investments, as well as Senior manager for Budgeting and Budget Control at du in Dubai.

“I am delighted to be joining the Neotel management team as we look to strengthen the company’s finances and significantly grow its market share across South Africa,” says Jandu.

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Meanwhile, Allschwang brings deep local and regional market expertise to the Neotel management team, having previously worked for African mobile network operator Vodacom, the company says. During his 13 years with Vodacom, Michael held the position of Corporate Sales Director for the Group, as well as serving as Managing Executive for Vodacom Business. Over the last two years, he has worked as Group CEO for South African sustainable solutions provider The Green-Co.

“I’m looking forward to working with Neotel’s growing base of corporate and enterprise customers over the coming months, which are set to see some big changes to our service portfolio, network reach and customer service,” says Allschwang.

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Liquid made the bid to create the continent’s largest broadband network and business-to-business telecommunications service.

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