Movers and shakers

Keeping you up to date with recent industry appointments.



Phumza Dyani Phumza Dyani
The Pan African Chamber of Commerce (PACCI) has appointed Phumza Dyani as its chief innovation officer and leader for the Africa Innovation Centre. The chamber says Dyani will be part of the digital economy and digital inclusion committee, which seeks to bring together innovators and other role-players.


Dejan Kastelic Dejan Kastelic
New CTO at Vodacom

Vodacom has named Dejan Kastelic as its chief technology officer (CTO), replacing the long-serving Andries Delport, who is set to join Remgro-controlled Community Investment Ventures Holdings this year. Kastelic joins Vodacom from PT Indosat Ooredoo TBK, part of Ooredoo Group from Qatar. He is also director of Indosat Singapore and deputy chairperson of the supervisory board of Posta Slovenije.


Puso Manthata Puso Manthata
New chief officer at Vodacom

From 1 June, Puso Manthata joins Vodacom as chief officer for strategy, mergers and acquisitions. Manthata is a chartered accountant and brings well over 16 years of experience in investment banking, having worked at multinational investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. He has worked across several disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, restructurings, debt capital markets and equity capital markets.


Aurora Volarević Aurora Volarević
New chief audit executive at Infobip

Infobip, a global cloud communications platform that enables businesses to build connected customer experiences at scale, has appointed Aurora Volarević, former Deutsche Telekom director as its chief audit executive. Reporting to the board and future investors, Volarević joins to strengthen overall governance as the company prepares for future growth opportunities. The role will entail putting in place protocols and practices to ensure corporate transparency including setting up a global audit function.



Fikile Sibiya Fikile Sibiya
e4 appoints new CIO

Fintech software specialist, e4, has announced the appointment of Fikile Sibiya as its chief information officer. This comes as part of e4’s continuous focus on investing in its internal infrastructure, while also strengthening its governance. Sibiya will oversee the vision, leadership, development and implementation of IT initiatives for the company.


Sherifa Hady Sherifa Hady
New channel sales director at Aruba

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company recently announced the appointment of Sherifa Hady as the channel sales director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Hady was the MD for HPE in South Africa. Her roles have included distribution director (CEEMA), channel manager (English Africa), and managing the retail and consumer business unit in the Middle East. According to Morten Illum, EMEA Vice President at Aruba: “Sherifa’s wealth of experience working with the channel in EMEA ideally positions Aruba to help grow market share and strengthen our channel portfolio.”



Viven Bhowani Viven Bhowani

Viven Bhowani has joined NEC XON as COO to oversee the organisation’s transition as it increasingly digitises services, integrates solutions to exponentially multiply business outcomes, and explores growth into broader markets.

Bhowani was formerly the solutions director at iOCO, one of Africa’s largest system integrators.


Basha Pillay Basha Pillay
New business unit lead at Altron Karabina

Microsoft technology partner, Altron Karabina has appointed Basha Pillay to the position of business unit lead - Modern Platform. He will be tasked with helping businesses in their quest toward becoming digitally transformed.

Pillay has worked in the IT space for over 25 years, having started in development, before moving on to project and programme management. He also worked for Dimension Data, Internet Solutions, and Gijima.


Mark Harris Mark Harris
New chief officer at Kagiso Media

Mark Harris has been appointed as Kagiso Media's new chief offer for mergers and acquisitions. He is a former group chief executive of the company, a position he held for nine years. Among other key executive responsibilities, he led the company’s digital transformation strategy and oversaw the implementation of a shared services strategy that reduced costs and improved profitability across Kagiso Media’s 16 operating companies.


Warren Mande Warren Mande
New MD: Altron Arrow

Warren Mande is the new MD of Altron Arrow. He has been with the group for the last 17 years. Prior to being MD, he was the head of Sales at Altron Bytes Document Solutions. In this role, he was responsible for the overall sales strategy, business development and market growth for Xerox’s Large Enterprise and Channel Partner business units, including Managed Print Services, Intelligent Workplace Services, Office Technology and Software. Mande holds a B Com (Commerce), an LLB (Law) and a Management Advancement Programme from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits).

Sylvain Cazard Sylvain Cazard
New VP, Central EMEA

Sylvain Cazard has been appointed as vice president, Central EMEA, VMware. Cazard has successfully led VMware’s software-defined datacenter business for the last two years, following three years as country manager, France, and several years managing global accounts. He will now be responsible for driving business growth, sales and operations across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia/CIS countries, Israel and Eastern Europe.

Nick Cross Nick Cross
New datacentre leader at VMware

Nick Cross has been appointed as SDDC leader for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He brings with him more than 20 years of experience, including roles at Oracle, Dell/EMC, Pillar Data Systems and Morse, most recently leading VMware EMEA’s HCI team.
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