De Villiers has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and in 2009, he was voted “The most admired CIO in South Africa” by the CIO Council of South Africa.
He began his career in 1978 in IT management positions at BP, Metro Cash and Carry and Gencor. He joined First National Bank as GM of IT in 1986, followed by three years as MD of Microdata and as an executive director at Datakor Holdings.
De Villiers was appointed MD of Nedbank’s Group Operations in 2003 and as MD of Nedbank’s Group Technology and Support Services in 2004. During the 15 years he spent with Nedbank he won several top achiever awards.
He then joined Absa Bank as Group CIO in 2008 where he was responsible for articulating the technology plans and initiatives necessary to create and support the underlying technology required for the bank’s “One Absa” strategy.
De Villiers then joined Transaction Capital in January 2012 as Group CIO.
Telkom Group CEO, Sipho Maseko welcomed the appointment in recognition of the company’s determined efforts to build a team that will drive the turnaround of Telkom.
Telkom said the latest appointment is in line with its newly designed leadership structure which has seen the introduction of a Brian Armstrong as COO and Miriam Altman as Head of Strategy.
“The process of building a winning team is gaining momentum and I am confident that we will soon have a capable and dedicated team in place to lead Telkom’s turnaround,” says Maseko.
“As we continue to move forward with Telkom’s transformation to improve our operational efficiencies, maximise the returns made possible by the evolution of our network and pursue the convergence agenda, we rely heavily on IT architecture and systems that are of a world class standard.”
“At the same time we have to strengthen our focus on innovation and research and development,” concludes Maseko.