August 06, 2021
Celebrating women in the ICT sector this month
South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August. Throughout the month, the country will pay tribute to all women. On 9 August 1956, 20 000 women marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest Pass Laws. Today, this date is an annual public holiday - Women’s Day - but the entire month is dedicated to our influential women leaders, mothers, caretakers and role models.
The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is an industry that is guided by many important women. Whether it is pioneers in the networking sector, leaders of ICT businesses, lawmakers or technicians; women have a vital role to play in every aspect of this sector.
Women in leadership positions have seen their roles change over the years as they pioneer the future of connectivity and communications. SEACOM is no exception; there are many brilliant women who contribute to the success and growth of the company. These ladies are dedicated and strive for excellence - leading to a more connected, advanced and accessible future for all Africans.
Women leaders at SEACOM
At SEACOM, we are fortunate to have a strong team that comprises many dedicated women. While we are grateful to each and every one of them, we’d like to focus on a few leaders and influential women in their respective departments, from legal and human resources to network architecture and fibre projects.
Carmen Cupido: Head of Legal
Carmen is a trained and admitted attorney with extensive corporate commercial, company secretarial and regulatory experience in the global information and communications technology (ICT) sector. She plays a vital role in legal compliance and business deals at SEACOM.
She provides legal leadership and support to SEACOM's executive management and board. In this role, she has tackled dozens of challenging tasks, from supporting the acquisition of multiple internet service providers (ISPs) in the African market to managing due diligence and regulating work streams across the board.
She is a leader in compliance, implementing initiatives and processes to set standards and reinforce a culture of integrity, quality, ethical behaviour and responsibility across the company. Carmen has been with SEACOM since 2013. She loves the energy around an emerging business environment and SEACOM has allowed her to expand her knowledge and contribute to exciting ventures across the African continent.
Rose Masuku: Head of HR
Rose is the Head of Human Resources at SEACOM South Africa. She has been with the company since 2017 and plays a vital role in the wellbeing of all employees. Rose has worked extensively across many African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. She’s responsible for overseeing performance management, succession planning, learning and development, recruitment and selection, talent management, employee relations and more.
Her focus is on growing the SEACOM team and ensuring every person in the company has the tools and support they need to thrive. Rose loves being part of the SEACOM journey, witnessing the difference the company is making in Africa and gaining insight into the ever-evolving world of technology.
Kirsten Erasmus: National Head of FTTX Projects
Kirsten is qualified in project management, fibre optics and business management. She is a skilled leader with a forward thinking approach to managing teams and clients. As the National Head of FTTX Projects, Kirsten has high-level experience in developing and managing complex fibre networks. Her job also entails the execution and delivery of project objectives within budget and specified time frames.
She is passionate about providing superior customer service and creating a collaborative work environment. With a consistent track record of successful fibre deployments and accomplishments in the FTTX space, Kirsten guides a diverse team of skilled professionals to achieve results from conception to completion. She has been with SEACOM since 2018 and has been directly involved with the expansion of the company’s fibre footprint.
Dieketseng Masienyane: Solutions Architect
Dieketseng is an experienced telecommunications engineer with a rich history in the industry. She has experience in transmission planning, solutions, project planning, project budgeting and network optimization. Dieketseng is a strong ICT engineering professional and has been with SEACOM since 2019.
These are a few of the amazing women that contribute so much to SEACOM and the ICT industry. They make the work environment more dynamic and ensure that the company continues to pave the way forward on the African continent.
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