Board of directors

for the year ended 28 February 2018

The Board is responsible for the leadership and guidance of the Group and exercises control over all divisions and subsidiaries by monitoring the executive management.

The Board is at the head of the Group's corporate governance structure and ensures the Group is a responsible corporate citizen.

Board and committee membership

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

  • Social and Ethics Committee

  • Remuneration Committee

  • Nominations Committee

Stephen Davidson

1. Stephen Davidson

Age: 62 
Appointed to the Board: 1 February 2007
Role: Independent non-executive Chairman

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Stephen was previously Vice-Chairman, Investment Banking, at WestLB Panmure and Chief Executive and Finance Director of Telewest Communications plc. He has a first-class honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Aberdeen.

    Board committee membership

     
     
     
    Chairman

    Other directorships

    • Non-executive Chairman of Actual Experience plc (AIM London)
    • Non-executive director of Restore plc (AIM London)
    • Non-executive Chairman of PRS for Music
    • Non-executive director of Informa plc (LSE)
    • Non-executive director of Rosenblatt plc (AIM London)
Jens Montanana

2. Jens Montanana

Age: 57 
Appointed to the Board: 6 October 1994
Role: Chief Executive Officer

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Jens is the founder and principal architect of Datatec, established in 1986. Between 1989 and 1993, Jens served as Managing Director and Vice-President of US Robotics (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Robotics, Inc. which was acquired by 3Com in 1997. In 1993 he co-founded US start-up Xedia Corporation, which was subsequently sold to Lucent Corporation in 1999. In 1994 Jens became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Datatec. Jens graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Reading.

    Board committee membership

     

    Other directorships

    • Chairman of Corero plc (AIM London)
Ivan Dittrich

3. Ivan Dittrich

Age: 45 
Appointed to the
Board:
 30 May 2016
Role: Chief Financial Officer

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Ivan rejoined Datatec on 30 May 2016 from Vodacom, where he had been Group Chief Financial Officer from 15 June 2012 to 31 July 2015. Prior to that he held a number of senior executive positions at Datatec, including Group Chief Financial Officer from May 2008 to June 2012, in a career that spanned 13 years. Ivan qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) at Deloitte South Africa and also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. He completed the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at Saïd Business School.

Chris Seabrooke

4. Chris Seabrooke

Age: 65 
Appointed to the Board: 6 October 1994
Role: Independent non-executive director

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Chris has been a director of over 25 stock exchange-listed companies. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Sabvest Limited. Chris is a former Chairman of the South African State Theatre and former Deputy Chairman of the inaugural board of the National Arts Council of South Africa. Chris has Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accountancy degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ("FCMA"). He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

    Board committee membership

    Chairman
     
     

    Other directorships

    • Chief Executive Officer of Sabvest Limited (JSE)
    • Chairman of Metrofile Holdings Limited (JSE)
    • Chairman of Transaction Capital Limited (JSE)
    • Deputy Chairman of Massmart Holdings Limited (JSE)
    • Chairman of Net1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ/JSE)
    • Director of Brait S.E.(Luxembourg/JSE)
    • Chairman of Torre Industries Limited (JSE)
    • Director of Rolfes Holdings Limited
John McCartney

5. John McCartney

Age: 65 
Appointed to the
Board:
 16 July 2007
Role: Independent non-executive director

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    John served as a non-executive director of Datatec from May 1998 to September 2002 and was then reappointed in July 2007. He was formerly President and Chief Operations Officer of US Robotics, Inc., which he joined in 1984, as well as President of 3Com Corporation's Client Access Unit.

    Board committee membership

    Chairman
     

    Other directorships

    • Non-executive Chairman of Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ)
Funke Ighodaro

6. Funke Ighodaro

Age: 55 
Appointed to the Board: 1 September 2010
Role: Independent non-executive director

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Funke previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Tiger Brands Limited, Primedia Limited and Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria). She also served as an executive director of Kagiso Trust Investments Limited. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ("ICAEW"), an independent non-executive director of the Members' Advisory Board for Africa of ICAEW, UAC Nigeria Limited and is audit committee chair and independent board director of Transaction Capital.

    Board committee membership

     
     

    Other directorships

    • Non-executive director of Transaction Capital Limited
    • Non-executive director for ICAEW Members' Advisory Board for Africa
    • Non-executive director of UAC of Nigeria Limited
Nick Temple

7. Nick Temple

Age: 70 
Appointed to the Board: 1 October 2002
Role: Independent non-executive director

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Nick has had a distinguished career at IBM, serving for 30 years in various positions around the world as one of IBM's most senior international executives. Nick started his career in 1965 as a systems engineer. In 1987 he became Vice President of Product Management, EMEA, responsible for all product introductions. In 1991 Nick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of IBM UK. In 1994 he returned to IBM EMEA Headquarters in Paris and was responsible for all the direct sales in EMEA before leaving in 1995. He is currently an adviser to a number of companies.

    Board committee membership

     

Johnson Njeke

8. Johnson Njeke

Age: 59 
Appointed to the Board: 1 September 2016
Role: Independent non-executive director

  • Further information

    Skills, expertise and experience

    Johnson was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1990 to 1994. In 1994 he co-founded Kagiso Trust Investments. He was the Managing Director of the Kagiso group until his resignation in 2010. He is currently the executive Chairman of Silver Unicorn Coal and Minerals (Pty) Ltd. He is a past Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and its Education Committee. He served in a number of prominent advisory roles for both the public and private sector. Johnson has BCom and BCompt (Hons) degrees and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

    Board committee membership

     
    Chairman
     

    Other directorships

    • Chairman of Black Management Forum Investment Company Limited ("BMFI")
    • Non-executive director of Delta Property Fund
    • Trustee and Chairman of Hollard Foundation Trust
    • Non-executive director and Chairman of MMI Holdings Limited
    • Non-executive director of Sasol Limited and also serves on the Audit Committee
    • Executive chairman of Silver Unicorn Coal and Minerals (Pty) Ltd