Today NetApp, a data management and cloud storage solutions provider, announces the appointment of Morne Bekker as the new South African Country Manager and District Manager for the SADC Region. Bringing with him a wealth of experience in the IT industry, Morne will be responsible for all NetApp business across the Southern African region. His responsibilities will include the development and execution of sales and channel strategies, expanding the NetApp customer base, local skills development and enhancing the partner and alliances ecosystem.
“The appointment of Morne is indicative of the cusp in NetApp’s South African presence. Our recent acquisition of SolidFire and unique portfolio including the most comprehensive enterprise flash storage offering in the business, places us in a distinctive market position. We therefore require the right leadership as demonstrated by Morne, to execute strategy, develop long standing industry relationships and bring in new prospects,” states Fadi Kanafani, Regional Director Middle East & Africa.
Having started his career in the auditing profession, Morne’s entrepreneurial spirit soon took over, which quickly directed him to the IT space. Within that capacity, Morne spent several years within senior positions at Internet Solutions, Datacentrix and Hewlett Packard. Through those encounters, Morne developed a proven track record of sales achievements and experience as a systems integrator within various industries, including financial services, manufacturing, public sector, utilities and telecoms amongst others.
“My professional journey gave me the necessary knowledge to understand how enterprise storage has evolved in recent years. Traditionally, large South African enterprises have been cautious when adopting the cloud. Reasons for this cloud lag have included long standing legacy systems and confusion around data sovereignty. This mind-set is slowly starting to shift as organisations start to pursue a hybrid cloud strategy, retaining a significant amount of storage capacity on-premises for reasons of performance, security, regulatory and compliance,” emphasises Morne Bekker. “NetApp is in a unique position in the market to address these concerns today through its strategic industry partnerships and ongoing commitment to customers.”
Morne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Internal Auditing from the University of Pretoria and has studied towards a Higher Diploma in Computer Auditing from the University of the Witwatersrand. His passions include golf (scratch golfer and past Captain of The Country Club Johannesburg), cricket, tennis and the outdoors.