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Liquid Telecom announces new CEO in Zambia

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Liquid Telecom has appointed Mark Townsend as CEO of its Zambia business.

Raised in Zambia, Townsend has more than a decade of senior leadership experience, with a long-standing career working across the ICT sector in Zambia, Liquid Telecom said in a statement on Thursday.

His background includes three years as director of enterprise business at MTN Zambia and leadership roles at AfriConnect and Vodacom. He joins Liquid Telecom from GardaWorld where he was MD of its business in Zambia.

New Liquid Telecom Zambia CEO Mark Townsend
New Liquid Telecom Zambia CEO Mark Townsend

Townsend replaces Susan Mulikita who resigned to pursue other interests. She was CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia from January 2019 to March 2020.

Liquid Telecom said that Townsend's arrival "coincides with the company's next phase of growth – providing fast, reliable connectivity and digital services to more business and consumers across Zambia."

This follows the successful launch of Liquid Fibre and Liquid Data-On-The-Go as part of the company's rebrand from Hai to Liquid Telecom, which was overseen and led by Mulikita.

"On behalf of the entire team, I would like to welcome Mark and also thank Susan for her tremendous contribution to the business. In just over a year, she established Liquid Telecom Zambia as the country's leading fiber network and mobile data solutions provider, while also building a strong and stable foundation for continued growth, including the successful integration and rebrand of our retail business, Hai. As we bid farewell and thanks to Susan, I am delighted that Mark has accepted the role of CEO," said Wellington Makamure, CEO of Liquid Telecom Southern Africa Region.

Liquid Telecom is a communications solutions provider across 13 countries primarily in Eastern, Southern and South Africa that serves mobile operators, carriers, enterprise, media and content companies, and retail customers with connectivity, hosting and colocation and digital services.

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