Vodacom has a unitary Board of 13 directors, one of whom acts as an alternate director. The roles of the CEO and Chairman are separate, the Chairman is required to be independent, and a lead independent director has been appointed. The CEO and CFO are executive members of the Board. The non-executive directors include five independent members and five representatives of Vodafone Group Plc. The Board comprises the appropriate balance of knowledge, skills, experience, race and gender diversity and independence required to objectively and effectively discharge its responsibilities.
Sakumzi (Saki) Justice Macozoma
Independent non-executive chairman
Qualifications: (BA from the University of South Africa (Unisa))
Mr Sakumzi (Saki) Macozoma is a prominent businessman in South Africa. He is the chairman of Safika Holdings and Tshipi é Ntle and Ntsimbintle Mining. Saki is a former board member of Volkswagen South Africa, a former chairman of Liberty Life Holdings and deputy chairman of the Standard Bank Group. He is the past president of Business Leadership South Africa. He is the former Chairman of the Presidents Big Business Working Group, Business Leadership South Africa, Business Trust, SA Tourism, Council of Wits University and Council on Higher Education. Saki is a former member of the B20, the business section of the G20, Global Leader for Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum (1997) and Patron of the Boy Scouts of South Africa and the Key School of Autism. He is also a former managing director of Transnet, former chairman of the MTN Group and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Communications. In 2012 he was recognised for his work in civil society where Unisa bestowed on him the Calabash award for his fight against oppression during the apartheid regime. The Calabash award is one of the highest honours that could be bestowed on an individual by Unisa. Saki was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in July 2017 and appointed chairman in July 2020.
Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub
Chief Executive Officer and executive director of Vodacom Group
Qualifications: Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) (Unisa) and MBA (Southern Queensland University, Australia), Associated General Accountant and Commercial and Financial Accountant (SA), Advanced Management Programme from Harvard University.
Shameel joined Vodacom in 1994 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Vodacom Group Limited, a position he has held since 2012. He has extensive telco experience having operated at a senior level in various companies across the group for the last 22 years, including Managing Director at Vodacom South Africa. Shameel holds board positions at Vodacom Group Limited, Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications S.A.E, Safaricom Plc, and a number of subsidiary boards across the group. Shameel served on the Vodacom Group Board from 2000 until March 2011, when he was seconded to Spain, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer. Shameel was re-appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in September 2012 after his return from Spain. Shameel also sits on the board of Business Leadership South Africa. He was appointed to the Vodafone Group Executive Committee in April 2020, and is responsible for all its African operations.
Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Vodacom Group
Qualifications: CA (SA), Advanced Management Programme (INSEAD), H. Dip Tax, M.Phil
Raisibe serves as Chief Financial Officer of Vodacom Group with effect from 1 November 2020. She joined Vodacom from Nedbank Group Limited where she was the Group Chief Financial Officer since September 2009. Raisibe has spent over 26 years in the financial services industry in South Africa and has acquired experience in banking and insurance. Raisibe has previously served as an executive director of Sanlam Limited and prior to that an executive of the Industrial Development Corporation. Her experience spans Investment Banking, Private Equity, Corporate Lending and Insurance. In her career she also served in various boards of listed and non-listed companies in her executive capacity or a shareholder representative. She has extensive experience in audit committees where her experience includes serving as a member of the committee or chairperson.
Khumo Lesego Shuenyane
Lead Independent non-executive director
Qualifications: B. Econ (Birmingham University), CA (England & Wales)
Khumo has served as an independent non-executive director of Investec Limited and Investec Plc (together 'Investec Group'), and several companies within the Investec Group, since 2014. He was appointed Chairman of Investec Bank Limited, Investec Group’s South African banking subsidiary, in 2018. Khumo also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Ninety One Limited and Ninety One Plc (together 'Ninety One Group'). He has over 15 years of experience in the telecoms industry. This comprises six years from 2007 as Group Chief Mergers; Acquisitions Officer for MTN Group Limited and member of its Group Executive Committee, and six years subsequent to that in various capacities with Delta Partners, a global advisory firm headquartered in Dubai and focused on the telecoms, media and technology sectors. Khumo was previously with Investec Bank for nine years, serving as Head of Principal Investments for three years and a member of Investec’s corporate finance team before that. Prior to joining Investec in 1998, Khumo worked for Arthur Andersen in Birmingham, UK and in Johannesburg for six years from 1992. He qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales in 1995. Khumo was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in July 2020.
Independent non-executive director
Qualifications:(BA (Economics), MBA)
Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa is the South Africa CEO of Naspers Limited. Prior to joining Naspers, she was the co-founder and Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital (Pty) Ltd. Phuthi is the former CEO of Shanduka Group and prior to that, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Phuthi is a former Vice President of Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She currently serves on the advisory board of Stellenbosch University’s Business School and is the Vice Chairperson of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. She is a council member of the BRICS Business Council in South Africa and serves on the board of the United Nation’s Global Compact Network, SA. She is also a former director of Vodacom having served on the board from May 2009 to September 2011. Phuthi was re-appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in January 2019.
Nomkhita Cylda Nqweni
Independent non-executive director
Qualifications: BSc, Postgraduate Diploma (Investment Management), Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School
Nomkhita has more than 25 years financial services, asset management and insurance expertise, and is an experienced executive director of regulated entities. She is the former Chief Executive of Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance (Africa) at Absa Group Limited. As part of this role, she served as Managing Director and lead for Africa on the Barclays Wealth EMEA Exco responsible for teams in London and Geneva. Prior to joining Absa, Nomkhita was Managing Director of Alexander Forbes Financial Services Holdings Limited (Africa). She has served South Africa as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Solidarity Fund, a rapid response relief partnership to strengthen resilience during COVID-19 and currently also serves as an independent non-executive director of Old Mutual Limited. In 2018 Nomkhita was recognised as the CNBC All Africa Businesswoman of the Year. Nomkhita was appointed to the Board in July 2022, having previously been appointed as an alternate director to Ms Mahayele-Dabengwa, from April 2020.
Clive Bradney Thomson
Independent non-executive director
Qualifications: BCom Hons, MPhil, CA(SA)
Clive is an independent non-executive director of Woolworths Holdings Limited and Chairman of both their Audit and Treasury Committees, and an independent non-executive director of ADvTECH Limited where he chairs the Investment Committee. He has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership and executive roles and served as Chief Executive Officer of industrial multinational, Barloworld Limited for 10 years and prior to that as Group Finance Director for close to 4 years. Clive also served as Chief Executive Officer of Barloworld Equipment where he was responsible for leading the Caterpillar equipment businesses in Southern Africa, Spain, Portugal and Russia. Clive was formerly a partner at Deloitte, responsible for audit client services in addition to serving in accounting technical advisory and education portfolios. He was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in April 2020.
Qualifications: Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Political Science from Lund University
Joakim is the Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer of Vodafone Group Plc, and a member of the Vodafone Group Plc Executive Committee. Joakim is responsible for public relations and corporate affairs, including policy and regulation, communications, security, sustainability and charitable activities. He is also currently on the board of the Swedish Space Corporation, Trustee of Vodafone Group Foundation, and fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, UK.
Before joining Vodafone in April 2017, Joakim was the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years in the foreign service of Sweden, including as Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and at the Permanent Representation to the European Union. Joakim also served as an EU negotiator with DG Trade at the European Commission. Joakim was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in October 2023.
Qualifications: MSc Bus Administration
Pierre is the Vodafone Group Plc Group Corporate Finance Director. He joined Vodafone in July 2011 and is responsible for the Vodafone Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Treasury related activities. Previously, he held a number of senior executive positions at UBS Investment Bank and at HSBC Investment Bank. Pierre holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law. He is also a non-executive director of TPG Telecom Limited and a member of the Supervisory Board of Vantage Towers AG. Pierre was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in April 2020.
John William Lorimer Otty
Qualifications: (MA Electronic Engineering) (FCA)
John has over 30 years experience in finance and telecommunications. He joined Vodafone in December 1992 and has held a number of senior executive positions including that of Group Financial Controller, Group Technology Financial Director, interim CFO of Vodafone India, Vodafone Plc Group Internal Audit Director and CFO for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region. He was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in September 2012.
Qualifications: MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge
Leanne joined Vodafone as Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Executive Committee on 1 April 2019. She is responsible for leading Vodafone’s people and organisation strategy which includes developing strong talent and leadership, effective organisations, strategic capabilities and an engaging culture and work environment. Previously Leanne was the Chief People, Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer for Burberry Plc from 2015. Prior to that she worked for Diageo Plc for 15 years in a variety of roles, most recently as their Group Human Resources Director. She has also worked in strategy and finance for Allied Domecq Plc, LEK Consulting and United Distillers. She is a non-executive director of Compass Group Plc. Leanne was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in July 2019.
Alternate non-executive director (to Ms Leanne Wood)
Qualifications: Bachelors' degree in Law
Francesco Bianco has had a vast career in HR, spanning over 15 years. Francesco, originally joined Vodafone Italy in 2000 and has extended his career portfolio internationally in other Human Resources Director roles including Human Resources Director in Vodafone Ireland before moving to the Netherlands as Human Resources and Property Director in 2011. He then continued his career within Vodafone Group after the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) as Human Resources Director, CWW.
Francesco was subsequently appointed as Human Resources Director for Vodafone Group Technology in May 2013. He became Human Resources Director for Europe Cluster in 2015 where he has significantly strengthened capability across the Europe cluster markets, driven the digital strategy agenda and progressed the gender and LGBT+ inclusion strategies. Effective, 1st June 2018, Francesco was appointed Human Resources Director, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific. On 1st November 2019, Francesco was appointed Global Leadership, Talent, Capabilities & Organisation Development Director, and since 2019 he is also a non executive director for Safaricom. Francesco holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Law from Padova University and completed a Business Strategy Executive Program with Maastricht University. Francesco was appointed to the Vodacom Group Board as an alternate director to Mr Michael Joseph in January 2019 and also appointed as an alternate director to Ms Leanne Wood in July 2019.
One board appointment, to be nominated by Vodafone Plc, is presently vacant.