Movers and shakers

Keeping you up to date with some recent industry appointments. 

Defranceski joins Westcon Comstor


Nicole Defranceski Nicole Defranceski
Westcon Comstor has appointed Nicole Defranceski as the Johannesburg strategic account manager. She has been involved in business development, sales, customer management and marketing with big brand names throughout her career. Defranceski will be overseeing key accounts that include Palo Alto, F5, Arbor and Kaspersky, among others. She reports to Security Practice director, Andrew Potgeiter, who she will be assisting in managing existing business and developing new pipeline opportunities.


Arcserve lands in SA


Byron Horn-Botha Byron Horn-Botha
Data backup and availability company Arcserve has announced the opening of Arcserve Southern Africa to give it a physical presence in the region. Arcserve solutions and services have been available in South Africa and the Sub-Saharan region for some time. Byron Horn-Botha has been appointed lead for channel and partnerships at Arcserve Southern Africa. He says: “The business model continues to be exclusively channel-based and the company is focused on driving growth by forging even stronger bonds with our current and future partners by providing an exceptional level of technical support to them and Arcserve customers.”

 Captain Marval

Richard Peasey Richard Peasey
Richard Peasey, former chief information security officer (CISO) for Absa, has joined Marval Africa’s team as managing executive. Peasey will be driving new strategic goals and objectives in transitioning the local office into a stronger sales-focused organisation. Peasey comes from a financial IT background, having spent over thirty years at the Absa Group in various roles within IT. His responsibilities have spanned those of business information officer to CISO, an office which Peasey held in conjunction with being head of IT Solution Delivery until mid2007. He also spent time working at Standard Bank and Transformation Capital Group.


Young at Trend Micro

Russel Young Russel Young
Russell Young has joined Trend Micro as technical lead. In his position, he will focus on building a strong pre-sales business within the SubSaharan region and work towards extending Trend Micro’s footprint and visibility in the region. Young’s background is in the sales sphere, working mainly with resellers and management while in the role of an engineer and manager. Prior to joining Trend Micro, he worked with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.


Oracle ssA’s new VP

Andrew Sordam Andrew Sordam
Oracle has appointed Andrew Sordam as VP for Sub-Saharan Africa; he takes over from Cherian Varghese. Sordam takes on his new role after over 20 years at Oracle in various leadership roles, most recently that of VP for Oracle's Infrastructure-asa-Service business across EMEA. "Oracle is serious about Africa and having a vice-president based on the continent heading African operations demonstrates our continued commitment to the continent, partners and our customers," says Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Oracle senior VP for technology, Middle East and Africa.



iNFiNiDAT’s new head of architecture

Eugene Beauzec Eugene Beauzec

INFINIDAT has appointed Eugene Beauzec as head of solutions architecture for its South African division. The appointment follows INFINIDAT’s strategic establishment of a local presence earlier this year. Beauzec brings a wealth of experience in the field of data governance, data management and enterprise storage, as well as a deep understanding of the INFINIDAT suite of solutions. Hayden Sadler, country manager for South Africa at INFINIDAT, says: “Eugene will form an important component in strengthening our local pre-sales and technical support offering.”

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