Movers and shakers

Keeping you abreast of some of the key appointments recently made across the industry.


Scott Dodds, VMware Scott Dodds, VMware
VMware appoints EMEA veep

Scott Dodds has joined VMware as vice president of Channel and Alliances in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role, Dodds is responsible for creating and developing relationships with VMware’s channel and alliance partners across the region. He also has overall responsibility for the small and medium-sized business customer segment, driven through VMware’s channel and alliance partners.



HP hires local MD

Pieter Bensch, HP Pieter Bensch, HP

HP has appointed former Oracle executive Pieter Bensch as managing director of its local operation. Bensch has previously held various positions at Oracle, since 2005. These included vice president of Oracle EMEA, vice president of customer support for MEA and, finally, vicepresident and MD of Oracle SA. According to HP EMEA’s PR team, Bensch is a people-focused person and takes pride in driving growth strategies to take market share. Bensch replaces Frank van Rees, who held the position of MD since January 2010.



Jolene Naidu, Drive Control Corporation Jolene Naidu, Drive Control Corporation
New Canon and Epson specialist at DCC

Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has appointed Jolene Naidu as its new Canon and Epson product specialist. Naidu is responsible for managing and developing sales for the Canon and Epson consumables product range nationally. Furthermore, her role includes vendor management, sales management and support, marketing management and back office management. Naidu has experience in various sectors including safety and security, the motor industry and the IT industry. She has obtained various certifications in IT sales training, as well as an advanced computing diploma and is certified in business management.



Comstor appoints NetApp BDM

Suvan Ramjathan, Comstor Suvan Ramjathan, Comstor

Comstor Southern Africa has bolstered its NetApp team with the appointment of Suvan Ramjathan as a NetApp mid-market business development manager (BDM) for South Africa. With more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry and having worked locally and abroad, Ramjathan brings with him both technical and business development skills, having performed both roles in previous positions.



Cleopatra Gwena, Westcon Cleopatra Gwena, Westcon
New services BDM at Westcon

Westcon has appointed Cleopatra Gwena as its new services business development manager within its services solutions team. “Cleo…brings with her substantial services experience, in particular her extensive Cisco knowledge, and will be a fantastic asset. She’ll manage all vendor-attached services, including Cisco Services, as well as driving our Westcon SLA/backup stock business,” says Hanle Carver, services director at Westcon Services.



Comstor beefs up local team

David Odayar, Comstor David Odayar, Comstor

Comstor Southern Africa is further growing its team with the appointment of datacentre architecture lead, David Odayar. Odayar brings with him more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience and will be working with vendor partners and resellers, in the datacentre and security areas of business, in South Africa and the rest of the southern Africa region. In his previous roles, he was involved in the areas of channel management, strategy and business planning of key accounts. This also extended to partner development in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as channel engagement and channel relationship building.

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