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MANAGEMENT: New Leadership for FNB Cellphone Banking


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First National Bank (FNB) is gearing up its mCommerce management team with the appointment of two senior managers to oversee the tremendous growth that is currently being experienced in this sector.

‘We are proud of the fact that in 2005 we launched Cellphone Banking in South Africa and we are equally proud that after five years of launching Cellphone Banking we are doubling our management capacity in this area with the appointment of Yolande van Wyk as CEO of Smart Services and Ravesh Ramlakan as CEO of Cellphone Banking Services,” said LinĂ© Wiid, CEO of FNB Smart Solutions.

Prior to her appointment, Yolande van Wyk was Head of Expansion in the mCommerce business unit falling under FNB Smart Solutions. She was responsible for the management and implementation of solutions such as Cellphone Banking, Prepaid Products and SMS Notifications within FNB and FirstRand subsidiaries.

In her new role as CEO of Smart Services she will be responsible for all eMoney initiatives, FNB Cell Pay Point - FNB’s innovative online mobile payment gateway - as well as Send Money, a revolutionary new product that allows FNB customers to send money to anyone with a South African cellphone.

Ravesh Ramlakan joined FNB in 2006 as Head of Transact Solutions and was later promoted to Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the business areas within mCommerce. In his new role as CEO of Cellphone Banking Services he will be responsible for all Cellphone Banking, Transact and Messaging for South Africa and the African Subsidiaries.

“The new management team will build on the excellent work done by our outgoing CEO of mCommerce, Len Pienaar, who has taken our Cellphone Banking levels to record heights,” said Wiid. “The key challenge, which we are confident our new CEOs will overcome, is to maintain our excellent service levels whilst keeping our existing track with a heady pace of growth,” she adds.

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