Executive leadership

Jens Montanana Chief Executive Officer

Ivan Dittrich Chief Financial Officer

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History

Developing and investing in new technologies, attracting and retaining the best people and leading markets: innovation drives everything we do and has since we started 30 years ago. View the timeline of our history since our formation in 1986.

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Our business

Business philosophy

Our business philosophy has its roots in an entrepreneurial culture. We are committed to being ethical, honest, socially responsible corporate citizens and strive to be an employer of choice: attracting, developing and retaining talented people.

We value business partnerships and we work towards creating shareholder value by developing a best-in-class portfolio of actively managed businesses operating in the high-value, fast-growing sectors of the ICT market.

Group strategy

Datatec’s strategy is to improve shareholder returns over the medium term through a combination of corporate and business development actions aimed at enhancing the competitiveness and profitability of its subsidiaries and operating divisions.

The Group provides leadership and sets the direction and strategy for each business, together with divisional management. It identifies potential areas for growth and supports the realisation of growth either organically or through acquisition by allocating capital and financing.

The Group targets revenue growth, EBITDA margins and return on invested capital (“ROIC”) to drive financial returns.

The Group’s decentralised operating model, extensive geographic footprint, positioning across the ICT value chain and strong vendor and customer relationships combine to create a strategic competitive advantage.

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Global Presence FY19

North America
Revenue:

US$410.5 million

Gross profit:

US$114.0 million

Total employees:

969

Europe
Revenue:

US$2 088.7 million

Gross profit:

US$272.5 million

Total employees:

3 502

Latin America
Revenue:

US$641.8 million

Gross profit:

US$133.8 million

Total employees:

2 865

Middle East and Africa (“MEA”)
Revenue:

US$347.6 million

Gross profit:

US$39.1 million

Total employees:

716

Asia-Pacific
Revenue:

US$843.8 million

Gross profit:

US$128.8 million

Total employees:

2 078

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Corporate social investment

Datatec’s corporate social investment (CSI) efforts are directed at improving education within underprivileged communities in South Africa. Education is a basic human right, it empowers people to reach their full potential, it uplifts communities and it contributes to the success of the economy. The following educational initiatives are prioritised:

  • School level intervention programmes for learners with a specific focus on improving performance in maths and science
  • Teacher development
  • Tertiary bursaries
  • Provision of technology infrastructure for educational purposes
  • Skills development for unemployed youth
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