Mimecast has announced the appointment of two key new hires, Moss Gondwe as public sector director and Collin Kunene as channel director, to support its operations in South Africa.

Gondwe, a former IBM and Microsoft executive, will focus on expanding Mimecast’s footprint within public sector organisations by working closely with strategic channel partners. He will also take on a mentorship role, working with the local team to help develop the next generation of Mimecast leaders.

Kunene, who has held senior positions at MTN and Huawei, will help drive Mimecast’s channel strategy in South Africa and other markets in Africa. As a channel first business, this is an important move for Mimecast as Kunene will focus on continuing the expansion and growth in an already strong network of partners.

Paul Stafford, vice-president: Africa at Mimecast, says: “We are excited about the value and guidance both Moss and Collin will bring to our teams, and look forward to working with both of them as we aim to help African organisations improve their resilience against cyberattacks.

“The growing digitisation of our everyday lives means cybersecurity has become more important than ever. With the support of both Moss and Collin, Mimecast is even better placed to support local efforts to bolster defences and create a safe digital environment in which businesses can grow and succeed,” says Stafford.

Mimecast was founded in 2003 by two South African entrepreneurs – Peter Bauer and Neil Murray – and today operates in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (MIME) and is headquartered in London, UK.