Telecoms veteran Douglas Craigie Stevenson’s appointment as interim CEO of Cell C came as a bolt from the blue.Craigie Stevenson, the group’s COO, was asked to take the reins when Jose dos Santos announced late last month that he was stepping down as of March 1. Dos Santos is to take on a new role as "a consultant offering strategic advice to the chairman of the Cell C board [Kuben Pillay]".The departure of Dos Santos, who ran the mobile operator for the past six years, was so sudden that it appeared that Cell C had no ready replacement. When he left, the group announced that "an interim CEO will be announced shortly, until such time as a permanent appointment is announced". It named Craigie Stevenson six days later.As COO, Craigie Stevenson was responsible for all operational aspects of Cell C, making him best placed to take over from Dos Santos. He joined the group 18 months ago after holding several high-profile telecoms jobs.When he joined the operator he said: "Cell C is an ext...

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