Telekom Networks Malawi appoints new CEO: Michiel Buitelaar

Malawi’s integrated mobile network and ICT services provider, Telekom Networks Malawi Plc (TNM) has appointed Michiel Buitelaar as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from April 1 2019.

Michiel Buitelaar: TNM new Chief Executive Officer

TNM Plc Board Chairman Dr. George Partridge says Buitelaar, a native of The Netherlands has had a dynamic international career in the telecoms, ICT and media industries.

“The new CEO holds vast experience from working in Belgium, The Czech Republic, Spain, France, Indonesia and (recently) Nigeria. He has spent most of his working life in senior positions in telecom companies going through significant changes such as at KPN, Ben (now T-Mobile, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom), Orange, Smile and AT&T.”

Michel also has experience as an executive Board member at global media companies (Endemol and Sanoma), where he was responsible for digital business (online media and e-commerce) and group-wide digital transformation of television, magazines, and newspapers,” he said.

He said Michiel is coming from CX, a European Artificial Intelligence (AI) software provider where he was the Chief Executive Officer and maintains board memberships in Novec (telecoms) and Infinitas (education).

The new CEO received his MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Delft. In addition, he studied Business Administration and attended the London Business School.

Buitelaarsucceeds Chief Technology Officer Eric Valentine who has been acting in the role since September 2017

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National CEO
National CEO
3 years ago

I can be happy if ESCOM can follow this example.

Malawian
Malawian
3 years ago

I see alot of people complaining aboyt hiring an expatriate to ran a telecommunications company, si grocery iyi yoti u can just pick your cousin from mangochi to ran it , malawians have proved to be terrible CEOs am not surprised they opted for foreigner

NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
3 years ago

WHY EMPLOYING EXPATRIATES KODI KULIBE AMALAWI AMENE ANGAGWIRE NTCHITOYO

Scarface
Scarface
3 years ago

For those folks who are castigating Partridge for hiring the expat CEO, they should appreciate the fact that TNM plc is a publicly listed company part of whose ownership ( quite a sizeable chunk of shares) belongs to Telekom Networks of Malaysia. As such the foreign entity also exercises some influence in the appointment of TNM plc top management.

Salemba munthu chisawawa ngati kuti ndi APM akulemba ntchito Alhomwe anzake. Mukuyesa TNM ili ngati MBC kapena MACRA eti?

andy
andy
3 years ago
Reply to  Scarface

If I had a way I would say boycott TNM products until this foreign CEO goes back home. TNM wants business from Malawians but the company is not prepared to honour and appreciate the business they get from Malawians. This job does not need a foreigner. Unfortunately I have no say in these things. Judging from the huge whole page adverts in the newspaper and the attributes that they are showcasing about the new CEO, one would think that TNM Board is basking in the thought that they have done a great job by employing an intelligent white mathematician with… Read more »

shasha
shasha
3 years ago
Reply to  Scarface

colonised mentals

Malawian
Malawian
3 years ago
Reply to  Scarface

There is no foreign ownership in tnm boss

Jay Musi
Jay Musi
3 years ago

When will you ever trust your fellow natives of the land. U landed on that job post you are holding simply because you were given a chance and platform to demonstrate your capabilities. So, now you’re telling the nation that we can’t have Malawian to fill up that role? This is very sad

Iantana
Iantana
3 years ago

Stop blaming George Patridge, he is just a chairman. The decision o hire rests in all these other Directors eg Anadkat. So payekha sangapange decision…but he can only reason with others to pick a Malawian. The other challenge amalawi , kukupatsani u CEO muzingolemba zidzukulu zanu , zibwenzi zanu and vulnerable men who can bribe their way through

Dan
Dan
3 years ago
Reply to  Iantana

Ayi zakhala bwino akanakhla kuti akusanha ndi a Malawi bwenzi utapitanso Mlakho

Jay Musi
Jay Musi
3 years ago
Reply to  Iantana

We are not blaming him as an individual. Indeed that is a collective discion for the board which we are at pain to live with. Our point is u are not just choosen a Chairman of the Board for nothing. You need to provide leadership and guidance to the board.

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

Vuto ndi lakuti Patridge ndi khaladi, anthu okonda kugulula mainjini a galaimoto ikuyenda. Ndiye mumadziwa makaladi they always try to align themselves to the whites.

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
3 years ago

Funny things is Airtel is not owned by Malawians koma kuli Charles Kamoto and there was Saulosi before that. Young Malawian guys. TNM is owned by Malawians koma it cant even elevate a Malawian to that position. Press itself which is major shareholder has a Malawian CEO, Old Mutual another big shareholder has Malawian CEO so how TNM can not have a Malawian CEO beats me. And its not that there are no Malawians available that can do that. We have people like Ted Sauti-Phiri, Maurice Newa that have worked not just locally but internationally and can be headhunted for… Read more »

Cashgate1
Cashgate1
3 years ago
Reply to  Sikusinja

………and we cry of our high unemployment rate. We’ve many capable Malawians who can do the job well.

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
3 years ago
Reply to  Sikusinja

Are you campaigning for the two ?

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

Mr. Patridge, be different from Chikaonda if people have to respect you. If the job you are holding was to go to an expatriate how would you feel? Malawians are well educated and have vast experience in this field, do not deprive them the opportunity to hold high positions in their own country. You are simply showing colonial mentality. Nthawi yolamulidwa ndi atsamunda inatha. You are the one of those people aiding foreigners to externalize our money in the name of salaries. This man must work for just one year and let a Malawian take over.

Chaponda Team Mk145
Chaponda Team Mk145
3 years ago

so you guys have monies eti,,, employing expatriates now and then,,, kod ku Malawi kulibe capable guys

master
master
3 years ago

Shame that whole PCL thinks foreigners are eligible for a simple CEO job, shameeeeeeeeeeeee on George Patridge who cant think as a Malawian, what is there that a malawian cant do?

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