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Vodacom subsidiary XLink appoints Thanusha Govender new Managing Director


XLink, a subsidiary of the Vodacom Group and provider of secure payment connectivity solutions, has appointed Thanusha Govender as its new Managing Director (MD) with effect from 1 February 2022.

Govender replaces Hymie Marnewick and has established a proven track record overseeing business transformation within companies such as Barclays Africa and Accenture. Prior to joining the XLink team, Thanusha spent five years in the role of Head of Corporate Strategy and Planning at the Absa Group.

Strategy development and execution, R&D, data analytics, and culture transformation are a few areas of expertise that Govender will bring to the table at the helm of XLink. As a cross-functional and cross-industry specialist, she will be tapping into her working knowledge within the financial services and retail sectors, in particular, to continue taking XLink from strength to strength.

“Thanusha is a caring leader and a true believer in what XLink has built and is capable of taking XLink to new heights in the coming years.” XLink chairperson Nadya Bhettay said.

Commenting on her appointment Govender said  “I’m excited to pick up where Hymie has left off, continuing to take the trusted secure-communications brand that he helped shape to new heights, further building on our value proposition,”

“The innovative, forward-thinking mindset that defines XLink is one I embrace, as our services must remain compelling and relevant in our rapidly changing market.”

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