Following CEO Paul Conradie suffering a stroke two months ago, Westcon Southern Africa has appointed an interim CEO until he has made a full recovery and is able to take up the day-to-day reins of the company once again.

Guy Whitcroft, a renowned veteran of the South African IT industry and channel, will assume the position of interim CEO of Westcon Southern Africa from 6 June.

Whitcroft spent more than 15 years at Tarsus Technologies and is credited for building it into the region’s most dominant volume distributor. Following his tenure at Tarsus, Whitcroft moved to Aptec as COO. Aptec was recently acquired by global distribution giant Ingram Micro.

He returned to South Africa two years ago, based in Cape Town and acting as a consultant on various IT ventures.

In a memo to staff today, Jeremy Butt, executive vice-president of Westcon EMEA, informed employees of Whitcroft’s interim appointment.

“I have identified an interim CEO: Guy Whitcroft who is a good fit, comes from our industry and is available immediately to take over the responsibility as interim Westcon Southern Africa CEO,” Butt says. “Guy is an accomplished, versatile executive with over 20 years C-Level experience in listed and unlisted companies; from start-up to large multinationals, across international markets.  He has a successful track record of innovation in channel structures and internal processes.  In South Africa, Guy is best known for his 15 years with Tarsus Technologies, to 2007, during which time he is credited with leading the company from a niche distributor to the region’s largest IT distributor.