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Accelerating ambitions through great leadership

Leadership

Dimension Data's leadership structure comprises:

  • The board of Dimension Data plc, consisting of five Executive Directors and four Non-executive Directors.
  • The Group Executive Committee is responsible for running the business and participates in formulating the Group's strategy.
  • Board of Directors
  • Group Executive Committee
Jeremy Ord
Jeremy Ord

Executive Chairman

Jeremy served as Managing Director at the Group’s inception in 1983 and then became Executive Chairman of Dimension Data Holdings Limited in 1987. He held the joint roles of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Holdings plc from the time of its listing in 2000, until Brett Dawson’s appointment in March 2004.

Jeremy is a Non-executive Director of Britehouse and Tradebridge and is also a great sports enthusiast with a special interest in cycling.

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Jason Goodall - Board of Directors
Jason Goodall

Group Chief Executive Officer

In 1998, Jason, a chartered accountant, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of OmniLink, a Dimension Data subsidiary that later merged with Internet Solutions. From 2001-2003, he was Chief Operating Officer at Internet Solutions, before joining Dimension Data South Africa’s executive team and heading up the Converged Infrastructure business.

Jason then became Managing Director of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa. Jason served as Chief Operating Officer from October 2010 to June 2016 when he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the Group. Jason is also a member of the board of Britehouse Technologies.

Jason is a keen sportsman and participates in long distance running, cycling, and triathlons. In addition, he’s passionate about the Formula One World Championship, mountaineering, and spending time in the bush.

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Stephen Joubert
Stephen Joubert

Group Executive: Data Centres

Stephen, a chartered accountant, was appointed Group Finance Director for Network Services in 1996, and became a Director of Dimension Data Holdings Limited in 1998. He was appointed to the board of Dimension Data Holdings plc at the time of its listing in 2000.

Stephen's first priority and true enjoyment comes from spending time with his family. Sport has always been a huge passion throughout his life, but unfortunately his cricket, rugby, and soccer days have now whittled down to golf and cycling.

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Patrick Quarmby - Board of Directors
Patrick Quarmby

Non-executive Director

Patrick Quarmby was appointed to the Board of Dimension Data Holdings plc at the time of its *listing in London and Johannesburg in 2000. Patrick has been a director of Dimension Data since 1996. In July 2002, he was appointed Chairman of Datacraft Asia.

Prior to joining Dimension Data, Patrick was Managing Director of Standard Bank in Hong Kong, a Director of Standard Bank in London, and a tax partner at Ernst & Young South Africa. He is a board member of Tradebridge and Nihilent.

Patrick graduated with honours from the University of Cape Town. He is a chartered accountant.


David Sherriffs - Board of Directors
David Sherriffs

Chief Financial Officer

David, a chartered accountant, joined the Group in 1997 as a member of the finance team. In 2000, he was named as Vice President of Business Development for Europe, and in 2003, he became Group Executive: Operations with responsibility for business case assessments for strategic projects. David has been in the role of Chief Financial Officer since 2004.

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Rory Scott - - Board of Directors
Rory Scott

Independent Non-executive Director

From 1987 - 1991, Rory, a chartered accountant, was Group Financial Director. He served as a Non-executive Director on the board of Dimension Data Holdings Ltd and then Dimension Data Holdings plc at the time of its listing in 2000. Rory holds the additional post of Chairman of the Audit Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Rory’s great passion is sport, especially rugby and golf. He is also a connoisseur of wine and single malt whisky.


Tsunehisa Okuno - Board of Directors
Tsunehisa Okuno

Senior Vice President and Director – Global Business Office, NTT

Tsunehisa Okuno joined NTT in 1983. Since then, he has been engaged in network service and corporate planning, including global strategy of NTT Group. He was elected to his current position of Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Business Office of NTT in 2012. He has been in charge of planning and executing the global strategy of NTT Group. He executed acquisitions of Dimension Data in 2010, Centerstance in 2012, and Solutionary in 2013. He is a Director of Dimension Data and NTT Security.


Hideki Kurihara
Hideki Kurihara

Non-executive Director

From 1998 till 2007, Hideki was based in United States and engaged in North American Internet, data center, and hosting business for NTT Communications, serving positions such as general manager of Enterprise Hosting business unit and vice president of Global Product Strategy. After 2007, Hideki was based in Japan, serving global managerial positions such as vice president, Cloud services at NTT Communications. From 2017, he serves as a Vice President of Global Business Office at NTT.

Outside of work, Hideki has an interest in outdoor sports including sea shore fishing and Japanese martial arts.


Akitoshi Hattori
Akitoshi Hattori

Non-executive Director

Akitoshi, a chartered financial analyst and certified accountant, was manager of Corporate Management Strategy Division at NTT until 2008 when he was appointed manager of Corporate Sales Department at NTT Communications Corporation. He is appointed to the Board of Dimension Data Holding plc as a Non-executive Director and a member of Audit and Risk Committee in May 2017. He also serves as a senior manager of Global Business Office at NTT and a Board Director of NTT Security Corporation.

Akitoshi enjoys spending time with his family, reading, listening, and watching movies.


John Newbury - Board of Directors
John Newbury

Non-executive Director

John was appointed to the Board of Dimension Data plc as a Non-executive Director in February 2011. His business career of five decades has been largely in the motor industry. John was the Chief Executive of Nissan South Africa for 17 years until his retirement in 2000.

John is widely recognised as an experienced industrialist. He is the owner of John Newbury Investments (Pty) Limited, and serves on the boards of various companies.

John’s great passions in life are classical music and the opera. He’s very passionate about sports, especially golf and rugby.

Jason Goodall - Board of Directors
Jason Goodall

Group Chief Executive Officer

In 1998, Jason, a chartered accountant, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of OmniLink, a Dimension Data subsidiary that later merged with Internet Solutions. From 2001-2003, he was Chief Operating Officer at Internet Solutions, before joining Dimension Data South Africa’s executive team and heading up the Converged Infrastructure business.

Jason then became Managing Director of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa. Jason served as Chief Operating Officer from October 2010 to June 2016 when he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for the Group. Jason is also a member of the board of Britehouse Technologies.

Jason is a keen sportsman and participates in long distance running, cycling, and triathlons. In addition, he’s passionate about the Formula One World Championship, mountaineering, and spending time in the bush.

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Andrew Briggs - Group Executive Committee
Andrew Briggs

Group Executive - Sales

Between 1990 and 1997, Andrew worked in the UK in a variety of roles for Merchants, a Dimension Data subsidiary. Following Dimension Data’s acquisition of Merchants in 1997, Andrew relocated to South Africa to join Dimension Data. He was responsible for Dimension Data’s Customer Interactive Solutions and Converged Communications business and was Managing Director of Merchants. Andrew was appointed Group Executive – Sales in June 2008.


Andrew Coulson - Group Executive Committee
Andrew Coulson

Chief Executive Officer – Dimension Data Europe and Americas

In his 14 years with the Group, Andrew, a chartered accountant, has filled a number of roles. These include Chief Financial Officer of Dimension Data in Australia, Chief Operating Officer of Dimension Data in the UK, and Chief Operating Officer of Dimension Data in Europe. Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Europe in October 2009 – and Chief Executive Officer of Americas in December 2016.

Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, and skiing.


Bill Padfield - Group Executive Committee
Bill Padfield

Group Executive – Services and Chairman, Dimension Data Asia Pacific

Bill joined Dimension Data Asia Pacific as Chief Operating Officer in November 2001 and was appointed as an executive board member in October 2002. He then became Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (formerly known as Datacraft Asia Pte Ltd) in August 2003. Bill is currently responsible for ITaaS, SI Services and Enterprise Services on a global basis. He’s also Chairman of the Dimension Data Asia Pacific board.

Bill has 39 years of IT and telecom industry experience in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. He’s worked with Alliant Computer Systems and Prime Computer. Prior to Dimension Data, he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific Australasia for Equant, and was a member of the global executive team that successfully took Equant through its IPO on NYSE and Paris in 1998.

Bill is a board member of the Halogen Foundation Singapore, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to inspire and influence young leaders. He’s also a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Program.


Bruce Watson - Group Executive Committee
Bruce Watson

Group Executive – Global Cisco Alliance

Between 1998 and 2002, Bruce was on the board of Dimension Data Holdings Ltd, with responsibility for developing the Group's global networking services operations, and all operations in the UK and Europe. Bruce now leads Dimension Data’s global strategic relationship with Cisco. He’s also a board member of Britehouse Technologies.

Bruce’s great interests in life are golfing and wildlife photography.


David Sherriffs - Board of Directors
David Sherriffs

Chief Financial Officer

David, a chartered accountant, joined the Group in 1997 as a member of the finance team. In 2000, he was named as Vice President of Business Development for Europe, and in 2003, he became Group Executive: Operations with responsibility for business case assessments for strategic projects. David has been in the role of Chief Financial Officer since 2004.

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Derek Wilcocks - Group Executive Committee
Derek Wilcocks

Group Chief Information Officer

Derek joined the Group in 1995 as the founding Managing Director of Trusted Network Solutions. He joined Internet Solutions a year later, becoming a board member. Derek has held numerous executive positions during his 20 years with the Group and became Managing Director of Internet Solutions in October 2009. Derek was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa in April 2012. In 2015, Derek took on the role of Group Chief Information Officer and assumed responsibility for all Group information systems.

Outside of work, Derek has a particular passion for bird watching in the African bushveld.


Ettiene Reinecke - Group Executive Committee
Ettienne Reinecke

Chief Technology Officer

In 1998, Ettienne was appointed Chief Technology Officer and, from 1998-2002, he was a member of the board of Dimension Data Holdings Ltd. He’s also held the dual roles of Chief Technology Officer and Group Executive – Network Integration, for some years. In 2011, Ettienne was instrumental in establishing Dimension Data’s Cloud Business Unit, and is also Dimension Data’s executive responsible for joint development initiatives with the NTT Group. In 2013, in addition to his role as Group CTO, Ettienne was appointed Group Executive – End-user Computing in 2013.

Ettienne has a particular interest in ultramarathons, surfing, and ocean rowing.


Grant Bodley - Group Executive Committee
Grant Bodley

Chief Executive Officer: Dimension Data Middle East & Africa

Grant was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Middle East & Africa in August 2015. He has held various positions in the Middle East & Africa business including Client Manager and Sales Manager – as well as heading up the cross-brand sales organisation throughout the Africa and Middle East territories for Plessey, Internet Solutions, and the Dimension Data systems integration business. Grant studied BAgricAdmin at the University of Stellenbosch.


Joe Manuele - Group Executive Committee
Joe Manuele

Group Executive – CX and Collaboration

Joe joined Dimension Data as Group Executive ̶ CX and Collaboration in 2015. He has over 25 years of IT and communications experience in the enterprise and global carrier markets, gained at organisations such as Avaya, Cisco, and Actelis Networks. Prior to joining Dimension Data, Joe was the Vice President of Global Cloud Services at Avaya, where he focused on driving strategic go-to-market activities and client engagement.

Joe is fluent in Italian and French and studied Computer Science at Control Data Institute. He’s an avid golfer at his home course in Half Moon Bay, California and has completed six marathons in support of the AT Children's Project.


John Lombard - Group Executive Committee
John Lombard

Chief Executive Officer – Asia Pacific

John joined Dimension Data in May 2016 from SAP, where he was Head of Services for Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).

John manages and oversees all aspects of the Dimension Data Asia Pacific Group's operations, and has over 25 years of leadership and management consulting experience with a strong background in developing and leading high impact organisations, retaining and attracting top talent, and transformational leadership.


Marilyn Rose Chaplin - Group Executive Committee
Marilyn Rose Chaplin

Group Executive – People and Culture

Marilyn has over 25 years’ experience in both the corporate and academic world. In 1996, after working for major multinational companies in senior marketing and HR positions, Marilyn founded her own business, ICMD (International Centre for Management Development), in partnership with the London Business School and the Manchester Business School. ICMD was acquired by Dimension Data in October 2000 and Marilyn was appointed HR Director for the Dimension Data Group.


Matthew Gyde - Group Executive Committee
Matthew Gyde

Group Executive – Security

Matthew joined Dimension Data in 2005 as Security Manager for Dimension Data Asia. He then became Manager – Network Integration and Performance Optimisation. Matthew was appointed Group General Manager – Security Solutions in 2011.


Rob Lopez - Group Executive Committee
Rob Lopez

Group Executive – Networking

Rob joined the Group in 1992 in the role of Business Development Manager for Dimension Data Solutions - South Africa Solutions. During his early career with the Group, he held a number of key product and solution management positions and in 1988, became CTO for Dimension Data South Africa. He was also involved in the Group’s international expansion, and spent two years in the UK as CTO and Services Director for Europe.

In 2003, Rob started up and managed the Group’s lines of business and later became Managing Director, Group Services. Rob was appointed Group Executive – Networking in 2013.


Ruth Rowan - Group Executive Committee
Ruth Rowan

Group Executive – Marketing

In 2015, Ruth was appointed Group Executive - Marketing for Dimension Data. In this role, Ruth oversees the globally dispersed marketing function, is custodian of the Dimension Data brand, and has responsibility for the creation of propositions. Ruth joined Dimension Data from BT Global Services where she held a number of roles that included marketing leadership for the UK, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa geographies.

Ruth has a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, and a Chartered Institute of Marketing diploma – and is currently the Chair of the Marketing Society, Asia (a not-for-profit organisation to inspire bolder marketing leadership).

In her spare time, she enjoys being outside and active, running and hiking in the hills with her husband and pet dog.


Scott Gibson - Group Executive Committee
Scott Gibson

Group Executive – Digital Practice

Scott joined Dimension Data plc in 2000 as VP of Finance, a position he held for five years before being appointed Managing Director of Conscripti (a joint venture between Dimension Data MEA and Tata Consultancy Services). Dimension Data established Britehouse in 2007, and Scott was appointed as its Group CEO.

In 2015, Scott was appointed Group Executive of Dimension Data’s Digital Practice. In this role, Scott oversees Dimension Data’s digital and application competences and has responsibility to accelerate our clients’ digital transformation journeys.

Scott is passionate about the possibilities of the digital economy and, when not at work, he enjoys time with his family, cycling, playing golf, and flying helicopters.


Stephen Joubert
Stephen Joubert

Group Executive: Data Centres

Stephen, a chartered accountant, was appointed Group Finance Director for Network Services in 1996, and became a Director of Dimension Data Holdings Limited in 1998. He was appointed to the board of Dimension Data Holdings plc at the time of its listing in 2000.

Stephen's first priority and true enjoyment comes from spending time with his family. Sport has always been a huge passion throughout his life, but unfortunately his cricket, rugby, and soccer days have now whittled down to golf and cycling.

Learn more about Steve on Linkedin

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Steve Nola - Group Executive Committee
Steve Nola

Chief Executive Officer – Dimension Data Australia

Steve Nola is Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Australia. He returned to this position in October 2016 following a successful period as founding global CEO for the Dimension Data Cloud Solutions Business Unit between 2011 and 2016.

Steve is well recognised for his strategic business leadership and his ability to sustain growth. Steve previously held the role of CEO of Dimension Data Australia from 2001 to 2011.

When founding and steering the global Cloud Solutions Business Unit, Steve led multiple and diverse service teams and managed the thriving acquisition program for the Cloud business. His clear vision led to strong growth for that business unit.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) majoring in Robotics. In 2010, Steve was inducted into ARN’s Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in the ICT industry and entrepreneurial flair.


Tony Wait - Group Executive Committee
Tony Walt

Group Executive – End-user Computing

Between 1997 and 2014, Tony held a variety of key positions at Internet Solutions, a Dimension Data subsidiary based in South Africa. His roles included Sales Director, Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director for Internet Solutions International (where he focused on expanding the company’s footprint into Africa), and Chief Solutions and Marketing Officer. In 2014, he took on the role of Executive – End-user Computing for Dimension Data’s Middle East & Africa business. Tony’s appointment as Dimension Data’s Group Executive – End-User Computing followed in 2015.

Tony holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. He has a particular interest in the mentoring and development of individuals and teams and is actively involved in the company’s Graduate Accelerate Programme.

Tony enjoys music and spending time with his family.