Movers and shakers

Keeping you up to date with some recent industry appointments.

 Dell’s new channel chief

Dell EMC South Africa has appointed Brad Pulford as its new Channel and Distribution lead. Pulford, who has been with DELL EMC for over a decade, will oversee DELL EMC’s local and regional channel relationships as well as focus on the distribution and retail markets.

“I’m very optimistic about what lies ahead and to lead a very important part of our business. It’s a critical component to DELL EMC’s plans. The value the channel brings to our customers through skills, IT capability, services, coverage and supply chain management is very important to the transformation of customers,” he says.

Cisco SSA hires new GM

Having joined Cisco in 2007, Clayton naidoo has been promoted to the position of GM for Cisco Sub Saharan Africa. Naidoo will oversee the implementation of Cisco’s strategy in the region, as well as developing strategic relationships across the entire ecosystem.

“Being able to make an internal appointment is in line with Cisco’s philosophy to grow and recognise talent. It’s also credit to Clayton’s broad understanding and experience at Cisco having previously managed channel, sales and the public sector portfolio,” says David Meads, VP for Africa and Middle East. 

Van Coller joins EOH

The EOH group has appointed Stephen van Coller as group CEO. He joins EOH after leaving MTN, where he served most recently as VP of digital services, data analytics and business development.

EOH says the appointment of Van Coller follows the announcement of its new strategy to reconfigure the group into two distinct and independent businesses, namely EOH (to be headed by Rob Godlonton) and NEXTEC (headed by Zunaid Mayet).

SuSe appoints country manager

Grant Bennett has been appointed as country manager for SUSE South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. Bennett takes over from Matthew Lee who, after seven years at the helm, moves to focus on the SUSE ISV/HSV business as Cloud and Strategic Alliances manager.

Having been involved in the technology sector for 18 years, Bennett brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the dynamics and strategies required. He has held various sales leadership positions in the industry and his background at SAp will also ensure that SUSE continues to build its partner and ecosystem business.

Westcon's new marketing lead

Westcon-Comstor Sub Saharan Africa has hired Saartjie Wait as its new Marketing and Digital experience director for the region.

Wait is responsible for developing and growing the Westcon-Comstor brand, helping to mobilise vendor and partner engagements and sales, and driving the business into digital distribution and logistics.

“As a business, we’re in a core growth phase in the region, following the realignment of our African business, making it critical that we provide our partners with improved insight into the unique brand of value-added distribution we bring to the table,” says rakesh parbhoo, CEO at Westcon-Comstor Sub-Saharan Africa.

ADC gets new COO

Liquid Telecom Group’s Africa data Centres (ADC) has named Stephane duproz as its new chief operating officer (COO). launched in 2018, ADC has been established to address the growing demand for cloud storage and datacentre services in Africa.

Duproz will oversee the commercial and operational development of ADC’s four existing datacentre facilities in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cape Town and Harare. He will also be responsible for driving the expansion of ADC’s network of datacentres across the continent and growing ADC’s customer base of local and international cloud providers, carriers and enterprises.

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