Datatec has appointed Dolph Westerbos as CEO of Westcon Group, its global distribution of advanced networking, security and unified communications solutions division, with effect from 1 January 2014.

He will take over from Dean Douglas, who is leaving Datatec to take up another role after a handover in January.

Westerbos, a joint US/Dutch national, has over the last 20 years held a number of senior roles at Brambles, Dell and ModusLink. His experience has been principally gained in B2B services, covering the technology sector, supply chain and asset management as well as Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations.

For the last three plus years Westerbos has worked at CHEP, the main operating company of Brambles. He was group president of Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations as well as head of global strategy and marketing. He was responsible for revenues of $2-billion, 7 000 employees and operations in over 40 countries.

Prior to this, Westerbos worked for Dell where he was vice-president of solutions and services (EMEA), a business with revenues of approximately $2,5-billion operating across 50 countries and consisting of managed services, consulting, software, and data centre products.

Previously, Westerbos helped set up Dell’s channel business in Europe, managing the company’s relationships with its value added resellers. He ran that business in Western Europe.

Before Dell, Dolph worked at NASDAQ-listed ModusLink, a global provider of supply chain, IT and business process outsourcing services, for 12 years in a number of international senior general manager, operations, technology and sales roles.

Jens Montanana, Datatec’s chief executive, comments: “Dolph brings a considerable international track record, so we are delighted that he is joining us to run Westcon. His experience in global supply chain operations coupled with technology based services and his focus on operational efficiency and international commerce will be invaluable.

“On behalf of the Datatec board, I’d like to thank Dean for his significant achievements in globalising Westcon over the last five years. We wish him well in his next role.”