02 May 2022

MetroFibre announces key succession change

Submitted by Teresa Settas

Current CEO Dr Steve Booysen to hand over reins to Jan-Jan Bezuidenhout

MetroFibre’s Dr Steve Booysen will hand over the reins of CEO to Jan-Jan Bezuidenhout, the current Deputy CEO of MetroFibre, effective from 1 June 2022. Booysen will step down as CEO and director of MetroFibre on 31 May 2022, and continue to provide support on a consultancy basis to the executive leadership team until the end of August 2022.

“It’s been an incredible 12-year journey as a founder member and provider of seed capital back in 2010, when we founded MetroFibre.  I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved, and excited at what is still to come for the business.  I would like to express a special thanks to my co-founders Malcolm Kirby, Johan van der Lith and Eugene Slabbert whose entrepreneurial spirit and business acumenwere fundamental to the phenomenal growth of our business.

“I am especially proud to be able to hand over the reins to Jan-Jan who is an accomplished and respected leader within our business, with a deep understanding of the market and exceptional strategic capabilities. Jan-Jan was appointed Deputy CEO in 2019 with a clear succession plan mapped out, and I am confident that under his leadership and with the support of a phenomenal team of colleagues and exco, MetroFibre will continue to thrive,” says Dr Steve Booysen.

Jan-Jan Bezuidenhout takes over the reins as CEO at a time when MetroFibre is poised for rapid growth in one of the most competitive industries in the country. He brings vast experience and strategic focus to the table, having represented the lead institutional shareholder on the MetroFibre board from 2013 to 2019, before being appointed as Deputy CEO of the business.

“Since my involvement in 2013, MetroFibre has transformed from gritty start-up with less than 20 employees to the trusted and professional corporate business that it is today.  It is an honour to take over the leadership of our business and exceptional team, and I look forward to our exciting journey ahead,” adds Jan-Jan Bezuidenhout.

Prior to joining MetroFibre, Jan-Jan spent more than a decade focusing on Private Equity, Infrastructure Investments and Corporate Development at leading financial institutions.  He holds BCom and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch University and completed a Post Graduate Course in Philosophy, Management and Strategy, Corporate Finance, and Competition Law at the London School of Economics.