Finweek English Edition - - COMPANIES & INVESTMENTS - Simon Din­gle si­mond@fin­

1-year re­turn: 29%

The money quote: “MTN i s an amaz­ing com­peti­tor but I would say we are more ex­posed to SA.” – Mon­ey­web, 21 May 2012

Grade: A

THE LAST THREE YEARS were busy ones for Vo­da­com, to say the least. The group saw a ma­jor shift in share­hold­ing that brought it the un­der con­trol of the UK’s Voda­fone, en­tered the JSE as a l isted en­tity, and re­branded for the first time in its his­tory. All this while fend­ing off up­start com­peti­tors, deal­ing with dwin­dling per user rev­enues and the other chal­lenges that come with the tele­coms in­dus­try. The man who steered Vo­da­com past mas­sive mile­stones along rocky roads was Pi­eter Uys, and it’s hard to imag­ine how he could have done any bet­ter, all things con­sid­ered.

With a calm de­meanor, Uys trans­formed Vo­da­com from a stodgy cor­po­rate to a more un­con­strained op­er­a­tor and gave the group what it needed for its first few years un­der pub­lic list­ing. His most re­cent trick was the f lawless suc­ces­sion to new CEO Shameel Joosub – a tran­si­tion that went as smoothly as the R200m re­brand­ing Uys pulled off last year. His A-grade per­for­mance at Vo­da­com will see him join in­vest­ment hold­ing gi­ant Rem­gro in April 2013. So long Pi­eter and thanks for all the re­turns.

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