HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Telecel Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer, Francis Mawindi has resigned his post citing pursuit of other opportunities barely 9 months into the job.
The board of directors notified employees of Mawindi’s resignation in a memo dated 27 March 2013.
“The board of directors hereby advises Telecel employees that Mr Francis Mawindi has decided to to pursue other opportunities outside the group and is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer”, reads the memo.
Mr Mawindi joined Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile telecommunications company in July 2012. He took over from board member John Swain, who himself had been been in the job for six months. John Swain is now returning to the post in the interim. Telecel has been criticised before for not giving the top job to a local opting instead to employ from foreigners who the company argued possessed skills which were not yet available in the young mobile telecommunications industry.
The St Ignatious College schooled Mawindi gained his telecommunications industry experience from stints with France Telecom Orange where he was head of business operations for global operations based in New York, USA and Verizon and Sprint.