TechCentral’s interview with newly appointed BCX CEO Jonas Bogoshi was the publication’s most popular podcast in June 2018, in what was another record-breaking month for the platform.
The Bogoshi interview, recorded via Skype, was listened to thousands of times. In the podcast, he talked about his career in the IT industry as well as his plans for BCX.
The second most listened-to podcast on TechCentral in June was a press conference held by Liberty Group CEO David Munro in the wake of the breach of an e-mail repository at the financial services provider, with the hackers demanding payment — reportedly running into millions of rand — not to publish confidential client information on the Internet. Liberty refused to comply with the demand.
Rounding of the top five were an interview with Community Investment Ventures Holdings chairman Pieter Uys on that company’s investment into fibre-to-the-home provider Vumatel; a discussion with Willem Roos, the CEO of wireless broadband provider Rain on the launch of its mobile data offerings; and a wide-ranging interview with Len de Villiers, the former chief information officer of Telkom, on what it takes to be a CIO in South Africa.
Other popular podcasts this month included a discussion on Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference with local Apple aficionado and radio personality Mark Pilgrim, and an interview with Schalk Nolte, CEO of information security specialist Entersekt.
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Ian Russell has resigned as CEO of Telkom’s IT services business, BCX. Former Gijima CEO Jonas Bogoshi will take his place, Telkom said in a statement on Friday.
Russell’s resignation, which was unexpected, comes just days after Telkom reported that BCX had reported underwhelming financial results for the year to March 2018. Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko blamed the “weak economic environment as the private and public sectors deferred and lowered their ICT spend”.
Russell, who had been in the role for just over a year (he was previously chief administration officer at Telkom), had replaced BCX co-founder Isaac Mophatlane in the CEO job. Mophatlane resigned suddenly in April 2017.
In April 2018, Telkom announced that Bogoshi and former T-Systems vice president Michael Buttner had joined BCX as chief revenue officer and chief operating officer respectively. Bogoshi previously served as channel sales director for Southern Africa at Dell EMC. He has also worked for T-Systems, Gijima, the State IT Agency, Cisco and IBM South Africa.
In a statement on Friday, Maseko said: “Since joining BCX, Jonas has brought his wealth of experience to the organisation. He has worked with Ian as part of the team to migrate the multiple entities into the six entities that make up BCX. We are pleased to have the skills and calibre of Jonas to ensure a smooth transition.”
Maseko praised Russell’s leadership, saying he was effective in driving business efficiencies through “business process re-engineering and restructuring the cost base”.
“I have worked closely with Ian for about four years and he has been instrumental in helping us migrate systems and drive efficiencies across the group.”
Maseko said Bogoshi will continue to implement the approved business and growth plan for BCX. “The business will continue focusing on leading application and infrastructure service capabilities and investing in future growth areas, which include driving solutions and business outcomes for our customers.”
Russell will “support the conclusion of certain projects until the end of August”, he said.
In the podcast, Bogoshi explains that his appointment wasn’t entirely unexpected – though admits it happened sooner than he expected.
He talks about BCX’s latest financial results, which show a company under pressure – especially when it comes to public sector business – and explains what he intends to do to get the business back onto a solid growth footing.
Bogoshi provides details of the some of the areas which will be a key focus for him as CEO and what can expected under his leadership. He also talks about the pressure that the IT services market has been under in South Africa generally and where he thinks the opportunities lie.
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Former Gijima CEO Jonas Bogoshi and former T-Systems vice president Michael Buttner have joined Telkom’s ICT services business BCX as chief revenue officer and chief operating officer respectively.
BCX said on Tuesday that the appointments are effective immediately.
Bogoshi previously served as channel sales director for Southern Africa at Dell EMC. He has also worked for T-Systems, Gijima, the State IT Agency, Cisco and IBM South Africa.
Buttner, meanwhile, joins BCX from T-Systems, where he served as vice president of sales and service management and vice president of service delivery.
Buttner also spent three years in the Netherlands with T-Systems and has three decades’ experience in the ICT and financial services industries. He previously held positions at Standard Bank, Gijima, AST Group, SX Enterprise Solutions and Old Mutual.
The two executives have a “wealth of industry expertise and knowledge”, said BCX CEO Ian Russell in a statement. — (c) 2018 NewsCentral Media