SA’s Cell C Appoints Nihmal Marrie as chief digital officer

The telecommunications industry must adapt to the digital world or risk being left behind.


By Staff Writer

South Africa’s mobile phone operator Cell C has appointed Nihmal Marrie as its chief digital officer to steer the digital transformation of the company and execute an aggressive strategic focus in the digitization of the business.

He takes up his new position at Cell C on 1 August.

Marrie joins Cell C from the Liberty Group, where he served as Divisional Director: Digital and Customer Value Proposition. In this position, he drove and managed dHub (Digital Hub), which was created to generate innovative digital solutions for the retail business within Liberty.

Also within Liberty, Marrie has worked with big data, analytics and market segmentation and how they contribute to overall business strategy.

Before joining Liberty, Marrie was Head of Business Development for Old Mutual Mass Market, where he focussed on the development and implementation of new growth initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Nihmal Marrie, Cell C, Chief Digital Officer
Nihmal Marrie, Cell C, Chief Digital Officer (Photo Credit: Cell C)

He has also co-run his own consultancy, Surya Consulting, which provided strategic consulting services to large organisations and investment advice to smaller companies.

Marrie holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, with Honours in Finance and Accounting.

“The telecommunications industry must adapt to the digital world or risk being left behind. Nihmal has been tasked with ensuring that Cell C makes the right moves in the digital world, where more of our customers now spend a large part of their lives,” says Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos.

“We are delighted to have such an ambitious and strategically minded person join our leadership team and we know he will bring a fresh perspective to the boardroom, which is exactly what a growing business in the digital age needs.”




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