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Mardia van der Walt (Niehaus)

As Senior Vice President of Deutsche Telekom’s International Carrier Sales and Solutions (ICSS) unit, Mardia is responsible for the international wholesale carrier business, where she leads approximately 250 employees in 19 countries.

Previously, Mardia acted as CEO of Deutsche Telekom’s affiliate T-Systems South Africa. Within five short years, she took the company from 12th to first place in the South African ICT sector, increasing revenues by more than 380 %. She was also instrumental in building the staff from a few hundred to over 2600 employees.

Following these achievements, she was appointed Executive Program Manager at Deutsche Telekom’s Europe & Technology to take over the lead for the post-merger integration of GTS Central Europe. She made the move to the European contintent at the beginning of 2015, before being quickly chosen for her present position on September 1, 2015.

Mardia has a strong track record in human resources, international sales, business management and transformation with a focus on customer satisfaction, the delivery of results and continuous improvement. She is also renowned for her leadership success, which has been attributed to her ability to devise a collaborative organiza-tional culture by cultivating individual potential and creativity.

The numerous acknowledgments Mardia has received during her career are testimony to her productive management style. In addition to board positions in South Africa, Poland, North America and Asia, Mardia has recently been appointed to the Supervisory Boards of T-Mobile Czech Republic as well as Magyar Telekom in Hungary. Her many awards include ICT Personality of the Year and South African Corporate Business Woman of the Year.

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