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Brian Seligmann

Nickname: 'Assute Business Professional'

Assute Business Professional


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

VP @ Huawei Technologies



Professional details

Current Position(s)

Vice President, VAS/Software, ESA Region, Carrier Software & Core Network Solutions Dept. | Huawei
2011 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Responsible for VAS, Enterprise, & Consumer Software strategy & solutions for the Eastern and Southern African Region.


Previous Position(s)

Executive Head of Products & Innovation | Cell C
2010 - 2011

ICT and Telecommunications

• Responsible for full lifecycle of all Cell C Products
• Responsible for Cell C’s Terminal Strategy
• Responsible for Cell C’s BroadBand product development and launch
• Responsible for Cell C’s Product Innovation initiatives and Product Roadmap
• Board Member of FibreCo (Pty) Ltd – a JV company between Cell C, Dimension Data and Convergence Partners investigating the technical and commercial feasibility of local fibre transmission in South Africa
• Responsible for Cell C’s commercial value proposition and re-launch products
• Won South African Mobile Broadband Product 2010


Senior Manager | MTN GROUP LTD
2002 - 2009

ICT and Telecommunications

• Relaunched MTNdataFAST (HSCSD) and increased users and usage by over 50% in a 3 month period
• Launched MTNdataLIVE (GPRS) into South Africa before any other GSM network – an African first.
• Launched a complete suite of business applications in 6 months
• Launched MTNCorporateMobility – the first true business data product for the mobile market on South Africa
• Increased SMS usage & revenue by 20% month-on-month every month for 36 months.
• Doubled SMS usage & revenue in 12 months
• Developed and launched MMS services in South Africa
• Developed and launched commercial USSD services in South Africa
• Developed and launched high speed data services into South Africa (EDGE)
• Developed and launched 3G
• Developed and launched one of the most sophisticated VoiceMail products in the world
• Developed and launched one of the most sophisticated VideoMail products in the world
• Increased data revenue from 4% of total network revenue to nearly 7% of total network revenue
• Increased data usage by more than 2,000% over 6 months after retariffing
• Increased total monthly data usage from 300GB to 50TB in under 36 months
• Performed the first public HSDPA demonstration in Africa
• Developed and launched the first HSDPA products in Africa (and only the 11th in the world)
• Increased packet data revenue from R65 million in 2005 to R1,325 billion in 2008
• First commercial 7.2 DL and HSUPA launch in Africa
• First revenue for non voice products ever to exceed R1 Billion
• Packet Data revenue in excess of R2.4 Billion in 2009
• Won South African Mobile Broadband Product 2009


Senior Manager : Data Bearers & Services | MTN GROUP LTD
2002 - 2009

ICT and Telecommunications

• Relaunched MTNdataFAST (HSCSD) and increased users and usage by over 50% in a 3 month period
• Launched MTNdataLIVE (GPRS) into South Africa before any other GSM network – an African first.
• Launched a complete suite of business applications in 6 months
• Launched MTNCorporateMobility – the first true business data product for the mobile market on South Africa
• Increased SMS usage & revenue by 20% month-on-month every month for 36 months.
• Doubled SMS usage & revenue in 12 months
• Developed and launched MMS services in South Africa
• Developed and launched commercial USSD services in South Africa
• Developed and launched high speed data services into South Africa (EDGE)
• Developed and launched 3G
• Developed and launched one of the most sophisticated VoiceMail products in the world
• Developed and launched one of the most sophisticated VideoMail products in the world
• Increased data revenue from 4% of total network revenue to nearly 7% of total network revenue
• Increased data usage by more than 2,000% over 6 months after retariffing
• Increased total monthly data usage from 300GB to 50TB in under 36 months
• Performed the first public HSDPA demonstration in Africa
• Developed and launched the first HSDPA products in Africa (and only the 11th in the world)
• Increased packet data revenue from R65 million in 2005 to R1,325 billion in 2008
• First commercial 7.2 DL and HSUPA launch in Africa
• First revenue for non voice products ever to exceed R1 Billion
• Packet Data revenue in excess of R2.4 Billion in 2009
• Won South African Mobile Broadband Product 2009


Senior Manager | MTN GROUP LTD
2002 - 2009

ICT and Telecommunications

Responsible for Development, Stratgey, and Management of MTN South Africa's "non voice" products including Messaging (SMS, MMS, USSD, etc.) and Data (GPRS, 4G, HSPA, HSPA+, etc.).


Marketing Manager | Apple Computer, Inc.
1994 - 2000

ICT and Telecommunications

• Successfully obtained US$ 1.3Million worth of product exposure at zero cost through strategic product placement.
• In the last financial year achieved a total growth in sales of 32%, and for the iMac product specifically, a growth of 68%.
• Completed 100% of marketing projects on or below budget.
• Frequent appearances on national radio and television.
• Regularly published in several publications including CMYK, MacTalk, Digital Media, and Digital Image & Print.
• Effectively obtained Telco approval for all modems used in the company’s products in only 2 weeks, after the manufacturer was unable to do so.
• Streamlined and restructured the parts distribution system, reducing the mean time to repair from 3 months to 1 week.
• Successfully negotiated and sold a pilot project to Standard Bank using Apple’s Personal Digital Assistant (Newton), Nokia cell phones, and cellular data service from MTN to enable Standard Bank’s home loan division to become more competitive and offer faster service to their customers.


Technical Director | NuLogic Systems (Pty) Ltd
1990 - 1994

ICT and Telecommunications


CEO | Apple Specific, Inc.
1986 - 1990

ICT and Telecommunications

Highly specialised harware and software development for the Macintosh. Specialised in Healthcare and Environmental applications.

Educational history

Tertiary

1990 - 2000

M.Eng - Applied Robotics

University of KwaZulu-Natal

1980 - 1982

BSc - Engineering (Electronic)

Marist Brothers College

1976 - 1979

Matric

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