BOARD MEMBERS

Board Members

Pieter de Villiers

Pieter de Villiers

Deon van Heerden

Deon van Heerden

Nick Pianim

Nick Pianim

Nick Utton

Nick Utton

Pieter de Villiers

Group CEO

Pieter is a South African born, Silicon Valley experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for mobile technology and the empowerment it leads to. Pieter is also one of the youngest mobile industry veterans with over 17 years’ experience in global telecoms, mobile messaging, and mobile payments. He is the first South African to be backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia Capital and has spent nearly 10 years in San Francisco where he successfully grew Clickatell into a multi-million dollar company operating across multiple continents. Since its launch, Clickatell boasts one of the largest messaging-as-a-service footprints globally as well as one of the fastest growing mobile payment networks, serving thousands of businesses across more than 220 countries and territories. Pieter has been recognized for his leadership and achievement in the mobile industry by many industry organizations including Global Technology Business who named him as one of the "top 40 under 40" executives who will likely "run the telecoms industry in 2020." Other awards include Industry Personality of the Year, and in 2012, the San Jose Business Journal awarded him with the Social Economic Impact Award. Pieter was also a finalist for the South African 2013 IT Personality of the Year Award, the Mobile Village Mobile Star Award for Visionary of the Year in Wireless, and the Visiongain Research Mobile Content Awards Industry Personality of the Year. Along with his work with Clickatell and the mobile industry, Pieter is also an active participant in socially responsible organizations and programs such as SiMODiSA.org working on enabling entrepreneurship in South Africa and Africa.

Deon van Heerden

CEO: Engage and Group CFO

With over 20 years’ experience working with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, Deon is an entrepreneur at heart and a seasoned executive who is passionate about business, people, technology and everything mobile related. He has fulfilled roles ranging from IT Manager to Management Consultant and Equity Analyst for great firms such as Sanlam, Accenture, and The Berkley Partnership. In 2000 Deon played a pivotal role in the start-up phase of Clickatell after which he led Clickatell’s expansion into the UK in 2005. Deon returned to South Africa in 2007 to head up the core team in Cape Town as the company started exploring growth opportunities such as market expansion into Nigeria. 2010 saw Deon take up a COO role at ViaMedia where he assisted in growing the mobile content business which was eventually acquired by Blue Label Telecoms. He then re-joined Clickatell in 2015, serving today as Group CFO and Managing Director of Clickatell’s multi-million dollar Engage business which boasts over 15,000 customers around the globe. Deon is an active member of his community and has also served on the management committee of WASPA (The Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association). He also enjoys mentoring start-up entrepreneurs and staff.

Nick Pianim

Non-Executive

Nick is a Silicon Valley based, Ghanaian born, Stanford and Tufts University educated Investment Professional and joined DAG Ventures in 2007. When it comes to DAG’s investment portfolio, Nick’s focus is primarily on the enterprise software/SaaS, infrastructure, financial technology, and security sectors. The portfolio includes companies such as: Admob, YuMe, Cloudera, Eventbrite, FireEye, GrubHub, Huddle, Jasper, Mint, NewRelic, RingCentral, and Xoom. Prior to joining DAG, Nick was Vice President of Corporate Development at Juniper Networks where he was responsible for acquisitions, commercial transactions, and venture investments. Previously, Nick was CEO of iAsiaWorks, a NASDAQ listed datacenter and managed services company, and CFO for Ensemble Communications where he oversaw corporate development. He also worked with Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, and with Morgan Stanley International. Nick has a passion for technology and companies that scale, and has a keen understanding of emerging markets.

Nick Utton

Non-Executive

Nick Utton is a New York based, award-winning Enterprise Marketer who started his career in Brand Management and worked for the likes of Unilever, Bristol Myers, Cadbury Schweppes, and Revlon in various marketing roles. Following a consulting assignment, his most recent appointment was as CMO for BMC Software, a Bain Capital Investment portfolio company. After leaving E-Trade, Nick also assisted MediaLink as the Chief Marketing Officer. Nick was ranked the number 2 Chief Marketing Officer in the USA by Execrank in 2012 (after Walmart’s CMO). Prior to E-Trade Nick was the CMO for JPMorgan Chase, responsible for the consumer/business marketing of Chase Financial Services. Nick also worked as CMO at a well-funded start up that listed on the NYSE, NewPower. Nick is best known for his work at MasterCard where he worked as CMO for nearly five years and directed the launch and rollout of the iconic "Priceless" campaign which is still being run 16 years later. Nick is an advisor for iCapitalNetwork and for Essex, a big data/data intelligence specialist firm that works with some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the world.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM

Executive Management Team

Pieter de Villiers Pieter de Villiers

Pieter de Villiers

Co-Founder, Group CEO

Pieter is a South African born, Silicon Valley experienced entrepreneur and industry veteran with a passion for mobile technology and the empowerment it leads to.

Pieter de Villiers

Co-Founder, Group CEO

Deon van Heerden Deon van Heerden

Deon van Heerden

Group CFO

An entrepreneur at heart, Deon is a seasoned exec who’s passionate about people, businesses, technology, and everything mobile.

Deon van Heerden

Group CFO

Nirmal Nair Nirmal Nair

Nirmal Nair

Group CMO

A veteran of software product development, Nirmal is an inventor and energetic entrepreneurial leader.

Nirmal Nair

Group CMO

Jeppe Dorff Jeppe Dorff

Jeppe Dorff

Managing Director & EVP: Transact

Jeppe is a senior executive with an excellent track record in creating value for businesses in product strategy & development.

Jeppe Dorff

Managing Director & EVP: Transact

Zan Chivell Zan Chivell

Zan Chivell

Group SVP HR & Talent

Leading Clickatell’s people agenda, Zan’s experience in HR Management has spanned a variety of different industries and sets her apart as an authority in her field.

Zan Chivell

Group SVP HR & Talent

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Senior Management Team

Samson Isa

Samson Isa

Director West Africa: Transact

Juan du Toit

Juan du Toit

SVP Sales: Engage

Casper de Villiers

Casper de Villiers

SVP Data, Compliance and Shared Services Operations

Claudia Booysen

Claudia Booysen

HR Director: Engage

Olivia Swartz

Olivia Swartz

HR Director: Transact

Lesley Kennedy

Lesley Kennedy

VP Operations: Engage

Dieter van Rooyen

Dieter van Rooyen

VP Operations: Transact

Danie Krige

Danie Krige

SVP Technology: Engage

Grant Rodger

Grant Rodger

VP Engineering: Transact

Simon Nainkin

Simon Nainkin

Director Carrier Relations: Engage

Desmond Kurz

Desmond Kurz

Senior Director Marketing: Engage

Dea Muller

Dea Muller

Financial Director and Group Treasurer

Gerrit Cloete

Gerrit Cloete

Group Financial Reporting Director

Ivette du Toit

Ivette du Toit

Group Tax Director

Christine Vorster

Christine Vorster

Group Legal Director

Chantel Lindeman

Chantel Lindeman

Programme Director

Our investors

All believers in the future of Clickatell, our investors are some of the most forward thinking people and companies on the planet.

  • Logo founder
  • Dag Ventures
  • Sequoia

Founders

Pieter de Villiers

Pieter de Villiers

Casper de Villiers

Casper de Villiers

Patrick Lawson

Patrick Lawson

clickatell

Danie du Toit

One of the four original founders of Clickatell, Danie was the custodian of our brand and product offering until 2005. Sadly, after a long battle with leukemia, Danie passed away on August 16th, 2005.

 

We recognize his vision and contribution in establishing Clickatell as one of the leading mobile enablers in the world, we continue to track the 'footprints' Danie left in the company that are inspiring till this day.

 

Goodbye good friend!