South African Airways picks Vodacom’s Vuyani Jarana as CEO

Struggling South African Airways has appointed Vuyani Jarana, a former Vodacom’s head of business to business unit as its chief executive officer.

Confirming the appointment of Vuyani Jarana, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said in a statement that “Given that Mr. Jarana has turned around a loss-making subsidiary of the Vodacom Group, Vodacom Business Africa, into profitable and growth business, we believe he will be key in turning around South African Airways.”

As a group enterprise executive he oversaw the implementation of enterprise strategy in all markets where Vodacom has presence. He is the Chairman of the boards of a number of subsidiary companies focused on the B2B market segment.

These include Vodacom Business Africa, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Xlink as well as Stortech. He is the director in the board of Vodacom South Africa and a member of Vodacom Capital Investment Review Board. Vuyani is also board member of Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency and the Chairman of The Nelson Mandela Museum Council. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Vodacom South Africa.

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