After just more than a year bedding down the local joint venture between MB Technologies and the world's biggest distributor, Ingram Micro, CEO Peter Ibbotson today hands over the leadership of Ingram Micro South Africa.
Industry veteran and former financial director of Drive Control (DCC), Hansie Fourie – who has been in the running for the job for more than six months – takes over from Ibbotson.
Ibbotson was tasked with the establishment of Ingam Micro SA early last year and it officially opened its doors on 1 June 2007. His appointment was always viewed as a caretaker role, a fact borne out by Bruce McGregor, CEO of MB Technologies.
"Peter was always in a transitional-type role until we found a suitable candidate to take over," McGregor says. "I'm very happy to have Hansie on board. He's an industry veteran and, in my view, he's the right man for the job.
"It's taken a while to get the details in place, but he's there now and I'm very encouraged," McGregor says. "He's a good man."
McGregor says that there will be a hand-over period and that Ibbotson will remain in a consulting capacity with the group.
Ibbotson says he is happy to step aside for Fourie.
“I was tasked with building partnerships with international vendors and the local system builder channel, and getting other operational aspects of the company established in South Africa,” Ibbotson says. “I’m satisfied that I’ve achieved what I set out to in terms of the mandate and, as per my agreement with MB Technologies, the reins will be handed over to Hansie, who will steer the company from here on in.”
Fourie says he couldn’t hope for a company with more potential than what he currently sees in Ingram Micro.
“Ingram Micro SA has great technology partners and relationships with the local channel, is one of the most sought after distribution brands in the world, and has an experienced team of product managers and customer service specialists," Fourie says. “All of these things are strong differentiators and elements that I believe will act as fuel for the company’s progress.”
Fourie’s career spans many different aspects of the IT industry, but for more than 20 years has been strongly linked to the IT distribution market.
“I’ve been involved in this industry since 1991, where I headed up the financial management team behind Ebus, before it was merged into SDD,” he says.
In 1998 Fourie joined DCC as Financial Director.
“I’m extremely positive about the future of Ingram Micro in South Africa,” Fourie says. “I believe the time is right for our kind of business and that the kind of service, affordable pricing and knowledge we’re capable of offering is something the market is starved of at present. I believe that the IT industry in SA is now a mature industry and as such requires a professional approach with much emphasis on the basics of running a business successfully.
“I’m looking forward to reporting healthy growth figures both in revenue and unit shipments in a year’s time,” he says.