Board of directors

BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

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.


STEPHEN DAVIDSON

Stephen Davidson

Independent non-executive Chairman

Tenure: 13 years

Committees:

+ Stood down from Remuneration Committee with effect from 31 May 2020

Chairman of Nominations Committee


  • Age: 64

    Appointed to the Board:

    1 February 2007

    Skills, expertise and experience:

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

    Other directorships:

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

Jens Montanana

Chief Executive Officer

Tenure: 25 years

Committees:


  • Age: 59

    Appointed to the Board:

    6 October 1994

    Skills, expertise and experience:

    Jens is the founder and CEO of Datatec Limited, 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 CEO of Datatec. In 2001 Datatec established an independent non-executive Chairman role after which Jens continued to serve as CEO. He became Executive Chairman of Westcon International in 2017.

    Other directorships:

    • Chairman of Corero plc (AIM London)
Ivan Dittrich

Ivan Dittrich

Chief Financial Officer

Tenure: 4 years


  • Age: 47

    Appointed to the Board:

    30 May 2016

    Skills, expertise and experience:

    Ivan rejoined Datatec on 30 May 2016 from Vodacom, where he had been Group CFO from 15 June 2012 to 31 July 2015. Prior to that, he held a number of senior executive positions at Datatec, including Group CFO 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.

Ekta Singh bushell

Ekta Singh-Bushell

Senior independent non-executive director

Tenure: 2 years

Committees:

+ Joined Remuneration Committee with effect 31 May 2020


  • Age: 48

    Appointed to the Board:

    1 June 2018

    Skills, expertise and experience:

    Ekta serves on public and private corporate boards bringing diverse global management experience and expertise in financial, digital technology, cyber security and risk operations. She was Chief Operating Officer, Executive Office at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and previously had a 17–year career in senior managing partner roles with EY, such as US Innovation and Digital Strategy Leader, Northeast Advisory People Leader and Chief Information Security Officer. She has led transformations across multiple industries impacted by digital technology and information management advances. Ekta is a Certified Public Accountant (USA) and holds advanced international certifications in governance, information systems security, audit and control. She has a Master ofElectrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Poona, India.

    Other directorships:

    • Non-executive director of TTEC (NASDAQ)
    • Non-executive director of Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ, JSE)
    • Non-executive director of Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ)
    • Non-executive director of Designer Brands Inc. (NYSE)
Maya Makanjee

Maya Makanjee

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: 1 year

Committees:

Chairman of Remuneration Committee (from 1 September 2019)

Chairman of Social and Ethics Committee (from 1 June 2019)


  • Age: 58

    Appointed to the Board:

    1 November 2018

    Skills, expertise and experience:

    Maya is an experienced independent non-executive director who currently sits on public and private company boards, as well as on those of non-profit organisations. She has gained executive experience in the telecommunications, financial services, consulting and fast moving consumer goods industries, and has held director positions in human resources, marketing communication, corporate affairs and reputation management, strategy, and business re-engineering. Maya has extensive experience in SADC countries, as well as in some markets in Asia.

    She was previously an executive director of Vodacom (Pty) Ltd, Nestlé South Africa (Pty) Ltd and SABMiller (Africa and Asia), Chairman of the Vodacom Foundation South Africa and a board member of World Wide Fund for Nature. Maya holds a Master of Business Leadership (cum laude) degree, from the University of South Africa, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Mumbai.

    Other directorships:

    • Non-executive director of Tiger Brands Limited
    • Non-executive director of Mpact Limited
    • Non-executive director of AIG South Africa Group
    • Non-executive director of Truworths International Limited
    • Non-executive director of the NOSA Group
    • Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation
    • Non-executive director of FEM Education Foundation
John McCartney

John McCartney

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: 12 years

Committees:

+ Stood down from Remuneration Committee and Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee with effect from 31 May 2020

Chairman of Remuneration Committee (to 31 August 2019)


  • Age: 67

    Appointed to the Board:

    16 July 2007

    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.

    Other directorships:

    • Non-executive Chairman of Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ)
    • Non-executive director of EQT Corporation (NYSE)
Rick Medlock

Rick Medlock

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: 5 months

Committees:


  • Age: 60

    Appointed to the Board:

    1 January 2020

    Skills, expertise and experience:

    Rick has been working in the technology, media and telecommunications sector for more than 30 years, specialising in fast growing globally focused technology companies, private equity-backed investments and initial public offerings (“IPOs”).

    He was the CFO of Synamedia after assisting with its buyout from Cisco in October 2018. Prior to that, Rick was the CFO of Worldpay from 2015 to 2018. During that period, Worldpay transitioned from the largest ever European private-equity IPO to a US$30 billion merger in January 2018 becoming the largest payments processor in the world listed on the NYSE. Prior to Worldpay, Rick held a succession of CFO roles at Misys, Inmarsat plc and NDS Group plc.

    Rick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has an MA degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

    Other directorships:

    • Independent non-executive director of Sophos Group plc (LSE)
Johnson Njeke

Johnson Njeke

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: 3 years

Committees:

Chairman of Social and Ethics Committee (to 31 May 2019)

Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee


  • Age: 61

    Appointed to the Board:

    1 September 2016

    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 South African 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 a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degrees and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

    Other directorships:

    • 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 Clicks Group Limited
    • Non-executive director of Motus Holdings Limited
    • Executive Chairman of Silver Unicorn Coal and Minerals (Pty) Ltd

* Tenure is as at date of publication.

BOARD DIVERSITY

BOARD NATIONALITIES

SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

  • Finance
    Business management
    Strategy
    Information technology
    Cyber security
    Telecommunications
  • Risk
    Mergers and acquisitions
    Environment and sustainability
    Leadership
    Emerging markets
    Public sector