Movers and shakers

Keeping you up to date with recent industry appointments.

Hitachi Vantara appoints new GM
Dennis Naidoo Dennis Naidoo
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, has appointed Dennis Naidoo as GM and sales director of its South African operation.

Naidoo is tasked with aligning Hitachi Vantara’s sales and accounts teams and expanding the company’s footprint to new territories within South Africa.

“Naidoo brings over 25 years of industry experience to his new role and we are confident that his appointment will strengthen our business considerably,” says Richard Bradbury, vice president and GM for Hitachi Vantara.

New VP for sales and marketing at Session Telecoms
Felicity Menge Felicity Menge
Session Telecoms has appointed Felicity Menge as its vice president of sales and marketing. It says this is aimed at meeting the burgeoning demand for its offering and to grow its 200-strong channel partner base. The appointment was made after the recent announcement that the company has successfully integrated Microsoft Teams into its PortaOne environment for its channel partners.



Acer appoints Africa GM
Glenn du Toit Glenn du Toit
Acer has appointed Glenn du Toit as GM for Africa. Du Toit has experience in operational management, in-store activations and activity, and wholesale contractual negotiations.

He has also completed a number of courses, including ITIL, leading with emotional intelligence, sales negotiation, retail and omnichannel management, as well as the fundamentals of project planning and project management.

Du Toit has been at the company since 2015.

New leader for Accenture Interactive in Africa
Haydn Townsend Haydn Townsend
Accenture has appointed Haydn Townsend to head up its Accenture Interactive business in Africa.

Vukani Mngxati, CEO of Accenture in Africa, says Townsend is an exceptional leader with solid cross-functional marketing and advertising experience in areas such as brand management, sales, activations, digital, social and sponsorship.

Prior to joining Accenture Interactive, Townsend was the Group CEO for Wunderman Thompson.

Epson appoints business development manager
Paddy O’Hara Paddy O’Hara
Epson Europe has appointed Paddy O’Hara as its new business development manager in the EMEAR region. He will be responsible for the development of Epson’s recently launched external printhead business for customers in the region.

O’Hara has over 20 years’ experience in senior technical and commercial development. Before joining Epson, he worked for Xaar and Industrial Inkjet and was the sales agents for Konica Minolta printheads.

Todd Ashton Todd Ashton
Head of Ericsson South and East Africa named
Todd Ashton has been appointed as the vice president and head of Ericsson South and East Africa. Prior to this, Ashton served as the head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and global customer unit Axiata within Ericsson in South East Asia Oceania and India.

Fadi Pharaon, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says Ashton has demonstrated strong leadership and has been successful in driving growth in very competitive environments.
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