Clifford will take over as CTO from Francois Stols, who will step down at the end of the year.
Netstar has appointed Clifford de Wit as its new chief technology officer. He will be taking over from Francois Stols, who is retiring at the end of the year.
“I’m really excited to join the Netstar team,” Clifford said about the appointment. “I think my skills will fit in well with Netstar’s data and technology vision.”
He explained that he is looking forward to helping the vehicle-recovery and fleet-intelligence company shape the next era of telematics, which will integrate its rich device heritage with Big Data and AI to build solutions that really improve people’s lives.
Clifford holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Witwatersrand. In 1998 he helped start one of the world’s first internet-banking solutions for Nedbank, and in 2009 he launched Microsoft’s SA BizSpark start-up programme.
He joins Netstar from global software company Crayon, where he led the building of a data and AI practice for the African region.
Netstar MD Pierre Bruwer added that he is confident Clifford will play a significant role as Netstar delivers on its vision of providing the best experience in connecting mobile things. “We know he will bolster our team and help deliver on our purpose of protecting and connecting our personal, business and commercial clients, their valued assets and their loved ones.”