ShapeShifter

Meet Stephen van Coller, the under fire CEO of embattled EOH

Last year in July EOH poached Stephen van Coller from MTN and named him the CEO.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.

EOH – already under pressure – was hammered in February when Microsoft cancelled two partnership agreements with the JSE-listed tech services company.

When you have 11 500 people in 273 legal entities, and you’re doing business with the state-captured public sector companies, there’s going to be something… You just have to deal with it, and we are busy dealing with it. I’m absolutely committed to that. There’s no one who is going to get away. If they’re involved, they will be dealt with...

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings (in an interview with TechCentral)

Van Coller says he was aware of poor governance issues and possible corruption when he joined EOH in September last year.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Van Coller for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

It’s actually a modular business…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

In a way, it [problems with Microsoft] has been good, because it has galvanised people… And it does seem to be limited to [work done for] the public sector…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

I’d say a handful [businesses that want to get out]…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

I don’t even think we’re the best holders of some of these businesses…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

I’m a banker by background…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

Yes. [When asked if there’s a massive unbundling coming] Each of the businesses will run themselves… Go back to what EOH was good at, and that was predicting the future of ICT…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

They say that if you don’t live on the edge you’re taking up too much space… It’s stressful on my family…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

The biggest issue is dealing with Microsoft… They’ve told me that they can’t help me until they’ve finished their investigation… It’s going to take six to 12 months… We’re working together to minimise impact on customers…

Stephen van Coller, CEO – EOH Holdings

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