Cell C CTO Dana Bakker’s tech and business choices

Cell C CTO Dana Bakker has had a distinguished career in the South African telecommunications market.

Bakker started his career as an engineer-in-training at Vodacom after finishing his engineering degree at the University of Johannesburg.

He was lucky enough to receive one of the first bursaries from Vodacom to complete his degree, and this set him on a great career path in the telecoms industry.

Apart from the benefit of having his studies paid for, his starting salary at Vodacom was R125,000 per year – very respectable at the time.

He later served as the chief technology officer at Vodacom Mozambique and joined Cell C in October 2013 as the executive for NOC and Central Operations.

He was promoted to Chief Technical Officer in December 2014, a position he has held since.

Rise to the top

Bakker credits his rise to the top to hard work and consistent delivery.


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