Dimension Data CEO to step down
Technology services group Dimension Data, which operates across a number of key regions including Africa and Middle East, announced that current CEO for Africa and Middle East Allan Cawood will vacate his post at the end of this month.
Cawood will be replaced by Internet Solutions (IS) Managing Director Derek Wilcocks. Wilcocks’ departure from IS allowed Saki Missaikos, regional sales director at Dimension Data, to take up the reins at Internet Solutions.
According to TechCentral, “Cawood first became involved with Didata in 1993 when it bought a 35% stake in his company, Digital Networking Systems. Didata acquired the balance of the shares in 1998 and merged the company with Dimension Data Networking and Cawood was named as the unit’s MD. He later went on to assume the role of Didata SA before taking on the broader Middle East and Africa region.”
“There is a lot of change happening in the industry, and Allan feels it is time to step aside and let someone else lead the group into that new era. He (Cawood) is leaving on a very friendly basis,” said Wilcocks.
Although the companies involved are transferring staff between them, Wilcocks was quick to add that there are no plans to merge IS into Dimension Data’s parent company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Corp of Japan.
“That conversation is not happening. NTT had no presence in Africa so Didata is it and they’ve asked us to keep all the assets under this umbrella. There is no discussion about merging IS into NTT Communications, but at a technical level, IS is already interconnecting with NTT,” he concluded.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor