Movers and shakers



Douglas Woolley, Dell Douglas Woolley, Dell
Dell SA has a new leader

Douglas Woolley has taken over as general manager of Dell South Africa, replacing Stewart van Graan, who has moved into a new expanded role as enterprise solutions general manager for Dell EMEA Emerging Markets while also remaining chairman of the Dell SA board. Woolley has more than 20 years’ experience in IT services. He joins Dell after spending four years at Business Connexion as group executive focused on the restructuring of the company’s technology division. Formerly chief executive of AxizWorkGroup, and MD of Workgroup, Woolley has a strong channel background.


SAP Africa gets a new chair

After seven years of leading SAP Africa, current CEO Pfungwa Serima has been promoted to the role of chairman of SAP Africa, with immediate effect. Serima’s new role will see him take on increased responsibility for the strategic direction of SAP’s business in Africa. He will focus on a number of initiatives critical to SAP Africa’s success, including the direction of SAP’s investment plan in Africa, the development of SAP’s focus industries across the continent and managing sustainable growth in emerging markets in Africa.

Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa


DiData appoints new CEO

Dimension Data has appointed Grant Bodley as CEO of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) operations, effective 1 October. The appointment is aimed at accelerating the company’s five-year strategy to double its revenue. Bodley replaces current MEA CEO, Derek Wilcocks, who takes up an executive position within the global group. Sean Joubert, Dimension Data’s current MD for MEA, will also take up an executive role within the global group.


Grant Bodley, Dimension Data Grant Bodley, Dimension Data
Riverbed promotes country manager

Wimpie van Rensburg has been appointed as country manager for South Africa for Riverbed Technology. Van Rensburg, previously pre-sales manager for Riverbed South Africa, will expand his role in building executive relationships with key customers and partners and taking responsibility for all aspects of technical sales, from mid-market up to enterprise. “Wimpie has played a key role in developing Riverbed’s market in South Africa since joining the company in 2011,” says Karl Campbell, regional vice president, UK and South Africa at Riverbed. “His expertise in systems engineering and solutions architecture, as well as his ability to manage relationships with an increasingly varied client base, positions him well to lead the South Africa team and support our customers and their requirements within a hybrid IT environment.” Van Rensburg has over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to joining Riverbed, he held senior roles at Datacentrix and Investec. He holds a B.Com in Informatics from the University of Pretoria.

Wimpie van Rensburg, Riverbed Wimpie van Rensburg, Riverbed


Parker takes on new role

As a result of Pfungwa Serima’s move from CEO to chairman of SAP Africa, Brett Parker has been appointed MD of SAP Africa. Parker previously held the role of MD for SAP Southern Africa. The appointment is made with immediate effect. As MD of SAP Africa, Parker takes on operational responsibility for the company in Africa, with particular emphasis placed on delivering innovation to SAP customers and partners. All regional MDs of the SAP Africa team, as well as the other members of the

Brett Parker, SAP Africa Brett Parker, SAP Africa
Africa Leadership Team, will report to Parker.

Westcon’s new channel manager

Prebashini Reddy is the new channel manager for WestconGroup Southern Africa’s Microsoft FPP & SDA products, reporting to its Consumer Solutions division.

Reddy will be directly responsible for driving new market opportunities in the Microsoft FPP & SDA portfolio for southern Africa while assuming responsibility for maintaining the relationship with the vendor, ensuring inventory management, brand planning, price modelling, the co-ordination of activities that extend product sales training, promotions and the sale of assigned products. Core to her function will be assisting and facilitating sales through WestconGroup’s retail channel.

Prebashini Reddy, WestconGroup Prebashini Reddy, WestconGroup


Lenovo appoints MEA VP

Lenovo has appointed Marc Godin as VP and GM for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, effective immediately. Godin succeeds Oliver Ebel who has moved to head up Lenovo’s EMEA smartphone business including both Motorola and Lenovo smartphones and wearable technology.

Prior to this role, Godin was VP of the UK and Ireland region where he led the PC business to the number two position, more than doubling market share in the past two years. Before this, Godin led the Enterprise

Marc Godin, Lenovo Marc Godin, Lenovo
and Public Sector business at western European level.


Bainbridge gets the call up

WestconGroup Southern Africa has appointed Luke Bainbridge in the capacity of product manager for its vendor partners Netshield and Solarwinds, which form part of its Unified Communication and Collaboration Solutions business practice.

Luke Bainbridge, WestconGroup Luke Bainbridge, WestconGroup

Prior to Joining Westcon, Bainbridge worked in various sales roles over the past five years, within both the retail and leisure sector. The exposure to these vertical industries provided him the platform to better hone his customer service and sales skills. Bainbridge previously worked at Westcon in the capacity of internal sales support since 2013.

VMware get new EMEA GM

VMware has appointed Jean-Pierre Brulard as senior VP and GM for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Brulard replaces Maurizio Carli, who is now GM of VMware's Americas region.

In his new position, Brulard will be responsible for managing business operations and developing go-to-market strategies for the EMEA region.

Both his immediate and long-term goals will be to evolve the go-to-market strategy in EMEA to better serve VMware's customers on their journey to the mobile cloud era.

Jean-Pierre Brulard, VMware Jean-Pierre Brulard, VMware
Brulard was previously VP for VMware's Southern EMEA region, responsible for VMware's business in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, South Africa and the Middle East. He has also worked at IBM, Sun Microsystems and Unisys.

He was also a member of the Business Objects Worldwide Executive Committee where he oversaw the acquisition of the company by SAP in Europe. He holds a master's degree in business studies from the Sup de Co Le Havre.


WestconGroup announces technical services manager

Jaco Malan has been appointed as the new technical services manager at WestconGroup Southern Africa, with responsibility for the development and driving of new business for the company’s Service Solutions business unit.

Malan, who previously served as technical lead – Southern Africa Cloud and Software Solutions in the company’s Cloud Solutions business practice, brings to his new position more than two decades of IT, technical support, sales and management experience.

Jaco Malan, WestconGroup Jaco Malan, WestconGroup




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