Servaas Venter has been appointed as country manager at EMC Southern Africa, with effect from 1 December 2012. Venter has fulfilled the role in an acting capacity since August 2012.
Venter joined EMC as a senior account manager in 2000, when he took on responsibility for financial services accounts including Absa, Nedbank and Standard Bank. In 2007 he was promoted to district manager, managing a team of 10 sales staff and addressing the local enterprise market sector.
Venter was appointed as area manager in July 2010. In this capacity, he was responsible for EMC’s overall sales in South Africa and also held cross-functional responsibility for channel and global services.
As country manager, Venter is responsible for EMC’s overall performance and strategy in the southern African region. Marketing, channel, HR and financial operations reporting lines have been added to his existing responsibilities.
Commenting on his strategic objectives for EMC Southern Africa, Venter says: “The overarching aim is to maintain sales excellence across the teams and ensure that EMC develops new customers. We are also committed to driving the entire portfolio of solutions across our customer base.
“In addition, we will develop our talent pool to not only continuously improve, but also deliver on the company’s expectations. We will grow EMC’s market leadership locally and ensure that EMC acquires new accounts by executing our go-to-market strategy.
“Furthermore, it is important to ensure that our partners derive value from their relationships with EMC, and that this critical market segment enjoys hyper-growth. Last but not least, we will be driving EMC’s BBBEE strategy to create true empowerment in the IT industry.”
Prior to joining EMC, Venter managed various accounts in the telecommunications and media sectors for IBM. He holds an electronics diploma from the Vaal University of Technology.