The announcement comes three days after returning to Cell C and six months after he suffered a stroke.
Knott-Craig is reported to be assuming a new role as executive board member, with acting chief executive officer (CEO) Jose Dos Santos taking over on permanent basis.
Knott-Craig’s new role will, among others, include consulting and advising on matters relating to Cell C and parent company Oger Telecom Group.
The company’s chairperson, Mohammed Hariri said, Knott-Craig had made a remarkable recovery since he suffered a stroke in November last year.
“I am very pleased that [Knott-Craig] has agreed to take up this new role, as his wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry is an invaluable asset for the group at large,” Hariri said as reported by Engineering News.
Knott-Craig joined Cell C on 1 April 2012 introducing a number of product changes and price cuts that led to a price war in South Africa’s mobile industry.
He suffered a second heart attack in 2006, while he was CEO of Vodacom. He retired from the country’s largest mobile operator in 2008 before joining Cell C in April last year.
BY TRUST MATSILELE