Cell C appoints Bryan O’ Donovan as new CDAO

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As the new chief data and analytics officer (CDAO), Bryan will be responsible for the management of Cell C’s data and analytics assets, and championing data-driven decision-making processes.

Cell C has appointed Bryan O’Donovan as its new chief data and analytics officer (CDAO), effective May 2024. He will spearhead the management of the organisation’s data and analytics assets, championing data-driven decision-making processes, and leveraging data assets to propel growth and optimisation initiatives.

“I look forward to collaborating with the teams at Cell C to harness the power of data and analytics in driving strategic decision-making and delivering value to our customers,” says Bryan.

With nearly two decades of experience spanning actuarial science, financial services and telecommunications, Bryan brings a wealth of expertise to Cell C. Prior to joining the company, he held significant leadership positions, including managing executive roles at Vodacom South Africa, where he played a key role in shaping pricing strategies and providing financial leadership. His tenure at Hollard Insurance, spanning over 15 years, further solidified his expertise in investments, product development and operational governance.

Prior to his appointment at Cell C, Bryan held key leadership positions, including managing executive roles at Vodacom South Africa, where he played a pivotal role in shaping pricing strategies, providing financial leadership and driving informed decision-making processes. Additionally, his tenure at Hollard Insurance, spanning over 15 years, further fortified his expertise in investments, product development and operational governance.

Jorge Mendes, CEO of Cell C, highlighted the importance of Bryan’s appointment, saying, “Bryan’s appointment underscores our commitment to harnessing the power of data and analytics to drive innovation and enhance customer experiences. His experience, coupled with his leadership capabilities, will be instrumental in guiding our data strategy and unlocking new opportunities for growth and optimisation.”

Bryan completed his bachelor of economic science in actuarial science and a BSc (Hons) in actuarial science and maths of finance at the University of Witwatersrand. He is also a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and the Actuarial Society of South Africa.

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