Steven Van der has been appointed Chief Sales Officer of SEACOM. The new CSO will be responsible for growing group revenues as well as leading customer engagement and strategic channel development.
He brings to his role more than 20 years of sales leadership experience in the African telecoms market. Steven joins SEACOM from Tata Communications, where he was Regional Sales Director for Africa. Previously, he held the same position with Teleglobe, which was acquired by VSNL, and ultimately by Tata Communications.
Steven started his career in telecoms as an engineer with Telkom South Africa, where he was later promoted to Head of New Technologies, responsible for the introduction of new data services. He later moved into marketing to promote the use of these newly deployed services and handled Product Management of the whole Data Services Portfolio. He left the carrier to help establish M-Web, a South African Internet service provider.
SEACOM is leveraging on Mr. Van der’s experience and expertise from the former companies with his great track record in business development and sales leadership.
“SEACOM is today a pan-African ICT enabler driving the development of the African Internet. We have a strong management team in place as we strive to deliver new services and capabilities into Africa’s telecom marketplace for the benefit of carriers, service providers and enterprises across the continent.”
Newly appointed CSO, Steven van der Linde adds: “I am very proud to be part of the SEACOM team. We are revolutionizing the way people do business in Africa, and it is great to be part of this exciting journey.”