Industry stalwart John Miller, CEO of GijimaAst, will retire next month.
Miller, now 67, has been a fixture in the South African IT industry for the last 35 years and has held executive positions in companies such as ICL, Cortech, Unidata and Unisys.
He was most recently MD of Unisys, which he left 2000 to become the marketing director of AST. In January 2003, he became the CEO of AST and was instrumental both in turning the company around and driving the merger that formed GijimaAST.
“The results to date reflect good progress in the recovery of GijimaAst," Miller says. "We’re also pleased with the improved service levels and client retention and growth of new business for the company.
"GijimaAst continues to strengthen its position from both a product and service perspective and our industry focused business units continue to be a major competitive advantage for the company. Our executive team’s foresight was crucial to successfully merging Gijima and AST and I am grateful for their contribution in returning the group to profitability.
"With this successfully bedded down and the opportunities ripe for the picking, I believe it is an opportune time to retire, secure in the knowledge that the company has at its helm some of the most talented young men and women who will lead the company to even greater heights."
The group is currently evaluating both internal and external candidates to succeed Miller in the CEO position and Miller will be involved in the selection process and handover to the new incumbent. He has also been offered a non-executive Board position.