Mutandiro appointed NetOne COO

Business Reporter
NetOne Cellular has appointed top business executive Brian Mutandiro as the Chief Operating Officer.

The post was created following the restructuring exercise at the mobile telecommunications company last year. NetOne’s Chief Executive Officer Engineer Reward Kangai confirmed Mr Mutandiro’s appointment.

“He brings in a wealth of experience from various organisations where he held senior managerial positions. We believe, his appointment will take this organisation to another level as we strive to regain our number one spot in the sector.’’

NetOne whose subscriber base ballooned to 4 million last year from 2,5 million in 2014 is currently embarking on a turnaround programme.

Last year the organisation installed 148 base stations countrywide, the largest figure since the company’s inception 20 years ago. Mr Mutandiro has been at the helm of four top companies in Zimbabwe including Innscor Africa and Coca Cola.

Mr Mutandiro is optimistic of turning around the fortunes at NetOne.

“From the onset, we need a paradigm shift. We need to see infinite opportunities in our sector and establish how we can turn them into business. Opportunities for NetOne are bountiful and it’s incumbent upon us all here to harness them for the common good of both our organisation, and the country at large,” he said.

A holder of an Honours Degree in Economics from Essex University and an MBA from London International College, he is currently studying for a Masters in Business Psychology with the South Wales University in the UK.

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  • MweniTafara

    Recycling the same failed managers, the dude was GM kuTelOne before.

    • Lokayi WaNkomponi

      Brian Mutandiro led the former PTC before its unbundling not Telone which was just but one of the successor companies and if the truth be told, he NEVER failed!

      • MweniTafara

        Nokuti handina kuti TelOne was successor to Pasi TinoChera, ndokubva warasika.

      • Cecil Roars

        He may not have failed but I am not sure of successes either. And again recycling doesnt care whether he was successeful and PTC
        (TelOne). He is recylced in the same companies. My other observatio is that they now have two almost equavalent posts – CEO and COO. What the hell are they doing? Why didnt you remove Kangai?

  • moyo

    Brian is a brilliant executive,he needs to improve his political skills though.He showed his mettle at TelOne and showed he was a team performer who is market and worker focused.His management style was open and motivating,making sure that every worker was respected and knew were the company was going and why.
    At TelOne he was the MD and Kangai was his subordinate.So sooner or later I expect Kangai to make way for Brian.((I am a former employee who was at TelOne during Brian’s tenure and was sad to see him removed because the results he was achieving threatened the dead wood that had hibernated in TelOne longer than him!!))