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SEACOM appoints Prenesh Padayachee its new CTO


SEACOM has today announced the appointment of Prenesh Padayachee as its new Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

Prenesh, a former CTO at Internet Solutions and former Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Telkom Openserve takes over from Claes Segelberg who resigned after being with SEACOM since its inception in 2009.

Claes and his passionate team are credited with building up the organisation from a small new private linear east coast cable system into the leading data transmission backbone of Africa. Claes’ hard work and dedication over the years has added immense value to Africa’s ICT development.

During his time at SEACOM, the company built, maintained and operated the first true high-speed data network on the continent. Today, SEACOM is the preferred partner for African businesses, network carriers, and service providers, with a solid reputation for its world-class network quality, operational professionalism, and valuable services.

Prenesh will officially take over as SEACOM Group Chief Digital Officer (CDO) on 4 January 2021. In addition to the CTO’s responsibilities, Prenesh will also be absorbing the Chief Information Officer role, and thus the new title of CDO.

Byron Clatterbuck, the outgoing Group CEO, took the opportunity, on behalf of SEACOM and its shareholders, to thank Claes for his impactful contributions through the years. “Claes has been a true asset to the SEACOM team, playing a pivotal role in shaping our organisation into the industry leader it is today. We wish him the very best with his future endeavours, and are grateful that he will be staying with us until the end of March 2021 to ensure a seamless handover into the capable hands of Prenesh.”

Incoming Group CEO Oliver Fortuin expressed his confidence in Prenesh, “We know that Prenesh will continue to lead the team professionally and uphold the high standards our customers have come to expect from SEACOM. This transition marks the start of exciting changes and new beginnings for our group. Thank you for supporting me, Claes, Prenesh, and the rest of the executive team as we make this necessary transition.”

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