Vodacom South Africa has named Dejan Kastelic as its chief technology officer (CTO), replacing the long-serving Andries Delport, who is set to join Remgro-controlled Community Investment Ventures Holdings in 2020. With effect from 1 June, Puso Manthata also has been appointed as chief officer for strategy, mergers and acquisitions.
Kastelic joins Vodacom from Indosat Ooredoo, part of Ooredoo Group from Qatar. He is also director of Indosat Singapore and deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Posta Slovenije. He began his professional career as a network manager with the first alternative provider of telecommunication services Amis in Slovenia, and was appointed as CTO in 2004 as the company progressed to a MBO. In 2009, Kastelic continued his path with IBM Central and Eastern Europe in global technology services as the resource deployment manager for the region. He joined the Telekom Austria Group in 2012 and took over the executive director and chief technology and information officer position in Vip Mobile Serbia. He was assigned with the same capacity to the convergent operations at Si.Mobil Slovenia and Mobiltel Bulgaria until 2017, when he was appointed to his current role in Indonesia to perform a major transformation of the technology directorate.
The other appointment, Manthata is a chartered accountant and brings well over 16 years of experience in investment banking, having worked at multi-national investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. He has worked across several disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, restructurings, debt capital markets and equity capital markets.