Jannie van Zyl is an Electronics Engineer and an ICT veteran with over 25 years’ experience in the industry from the Personal Computing explosion in the 80’s, to the Networking boom in the 90’s to developing specialized network management solutions in the new millennium.
After selling his software solutions company, he consulted to a number of South African enterprises.
He spent 8 years with the Vodacom Group where he was involved in various areas of the business, from operations to strategy. Van Zyl formed an integral part of the success of the cellular provider’s broadband strategy which saw Vodacom become the leading broadband provider in South Africa.
Jannie took the position of Group CEO at WBS/iBurst in 2009. Under his leadership iBurst launched a number of new initiatives focusing on meeting the telecommunication requirements of various markets.
After leaving iBurst, Jannie rejoined Vodacom where he was responsible for all consumer data products as Executive Head: Consumer Data.
In 2013 he created Vodacom’s Innovation Department and is responsible for disruptive and incremental innovation and strategy initiatives across commercial and technology. He also runs both an internal as well as an external ideation program under which Vodacom won the INSEAD Innovation League award for South Africa in 2015 and 2016.
Jannie recently received the MyBroadband Honorary Award for Contribution to Broadband in South Africa and also received an Innocentrix ‘Corporate Entrepreneur’ award for driving innovation, an award Jannie says really just means “troublemaker”.