Pierre Spies will be assuming the role of CEO of AxizWorkgroup, reporting directly to group head of distribution, Henry Ferreira. Pinnacle Holdings CEO Arnold Fourie comments: “As the former CEO of Tarsus and executive director of MB Technologies, Pierre brings with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record in distribution which will help us to further grow our great businesses and execute our future strategies. He will undoubtedly be an enormous asset to AxizWorkgroup, its vendors and clients as well as the Pinnacle Group as a whole.”

Spies obtained his BCom accounting degree in 1989 from the University of Johannesburg and in 1987 joined the accounting firm, Coopers and Lybrandt, to complete his articles. He joined Tarsus in 1992 as an accountant until 1994 when he was promoted to the position of financial director. In 2007 he took over as CEO of Tarsus and served on the MB Technologies Group board as an executive director from 2009.

Spies says: “I am really looking forward to the new challenge,” he says, “and I’m relishing the prospect of working with a formidable team that has built up a fantastic track record.”

Henry Ferreira, who has filled the role of CEO of AxizWorkgroup for the last two years, has been appointed as executive director: head of distribution for the Pinnacle Holdings Group, which includes both of its major ICT subsidiaries AxizWorkgroup and Pinnacle Africa.

Ferreira brings more than 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry to the table. He is well known in the South African market for his roles as country GM for Hewlett Packard SA and MD of Compaq Africa.

Prior to joining AxizWorkgroup as the CEO in February 2012, Ferreira was he country GM of Lenovo Africa.

He has also held executive positions with Microsoft Southern Africa, Nokia Networks, Unisys Africa and Hewlett Packard UK & Ireland.

“I am delighted that Ferreira decided to accept the challenge and I have no doubt that he will excel in his additional role,” says Fourie. “To have two of the most talented South African ICT executives in the Pinnacle stable, underlines Pinnacle’s quest for continuous growth and improvement,” he adds.