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Dimension Data Botswana appoints GM

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Dimension Data, the specialist global IT services and solutions provider, has announced a strategic executive appointment to drive its local operations in the next phase of the company’s growth.
Duncan Pie joins Dimension Data as GM, and will be working with the outgoing MD Keith Marais, who will be relinquishing his role in January 2012.
Pie takes over as head of the organisation on 01 January 2012, but starts in the post on 01 October to ensure an effective hand-over of the business.
In his new role, he will provide strategic leadership for the commercial and operations management of the Botswana office, leadership for the local go-to-market strategy, involvement with national planning and implementation strategies, and establishing and maintaining local-based partner and vendor relationships.
Located at the Gaborone International Commerce Park, the business was established in November 1996 with 12 people, and is currently staffed with over 60 full time employees, over 80% of them Botswana nationals.
Initially, the business was a cabling only operation and has evolved to offer infrastructure, networking, data centre and Microsoft solutions and services to clients spanning all sectors in the entire country.
Pie brings a great deal of experience to his new role, having been in the IT industry for the past 14 years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Botswana, and a MDP from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
He joins Dimension Data from Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, where he was head of wholesale. Pie was previously the business development manager for a Microsoft Business Solutions partner.
“We welcome Duncan to the Dimension Data family. He brings vast experience in IT management and has a passion for building and nurturing teams. His proven leadership ability will be a valuable asset to Dimension Data in Botswana. I’m confident that Duncan, supported by the strong management team in place, will lead the company into its next phase of development and growth,” says Keith Marais, outgoing MD.
“I am delighted to join Dimension Data and to be a part of a team at this exciting time in the company’s development. I look forward very much to working with them to ensure that this is translated into the best and most unique value proposition for our clients,” comments Pie.
“I welcome Duncan and am confident that he has the leadership will to successfully implement our strategy and capitalise on the opportunities in Botswana,” says Rakesh Parbhoo, managing executive: Dimension Data Emerging Africa.
“We very much appreciate Keith’s efforts and his service to Dimension Data since his appointment in 1996. His customer focus and deep leadership capabilities saw him drive the growth of Dimension Data in Botswana into a robust business. We wish him well in his future career.”
“As the region’s largest ICT company, Dimension Data continues to draw on a wealth of local knowledge and global experience. True business value is achieved through people and the locality of our teams ensures we help our clients operate tighter, better, more cost-effectively and competitively,” concludes Parbhoo.
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