Tuesday, 20 May 2014

London, UK, 20 May 2014 : Datatec Limited (“Datatec”) announces that it has formed Mason Advisory Limited (“Mason”) within its consulting division. The new company, which was previously a division of Analysys Mason AdvisoryLimited, will see Datatec partner with Steve Watmough, the new CEO and shareholder of Mason, to develop a highly focused independent IT advisory business.

The core focus of the separated business will be consulting on the growing IT, cloud, security and mobile technology requirements of major public and commercial enterprises.

Jens Montanana, the CEO of Datatec commented: “The separation of the division from Analysys Mason Advisory(which will continue to focus on providing strategic TMT consulting services and research) and the return of Steve Watmough, will bring increased management focus and new talent. This new structure will allow Mason Advisoryto maximise opportunities presented by the fundamental shifts in technology and increasingly specialised client demands.”

Steve Watmough commented: “I am very pleased to have been able to join forces with Datatec on such an exciting initiative, where we are able, from day one, to grow and leverage opportunities presented by the transformation in the IT market and the demand for strategic consulting-led IT services and expertise.”

Steve is an experienced industry professional and entrepreneur who spent four years at Mason AdvisoryCommunications prior to it being acquired by Datatec. In 2000, Steve co-founded Xantus, a specialist IT consulting business that was sold to KPMG in 2011 (joining them as a Partner and head of their UK CIO Advisory Practice thereafter). Prior to joining Mason AdvisoryCommunications, Steve held senior technical management roles at Boots PLC for over ten years.

Steve will be joined in the management of Mason Advisoryby Duncan Swan, an existing Partner of Analysys Mason AdvisoryLimited. Duncan, who has over 25 years’ industry experience, joined Mason AdvisoryCommunications in 1995.


About Datatec

Datatec is a global ICT solutions and services group with revenues of over USD5 billion, more than 7500 employees worldwide and operations in over 50 countries. The group operates in three principal areas of the ICT industry: Technology, Integration and Consulting through its three respective divisions: Westcon Group, Logicalis, and Datatec Consulting Services, comprising Analysys Mason, Mason Advisory and Via Group providing strategic and technical consulting. Datatec’s shares are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

About Mason

Mason Advisory Limited (“Mason”) provides specialist ICT services, supporting clients from inception through sourcing to implementation. Those services cover technologies from legacy ICT and network architectures to cloud-based services; from mission-critical radiocommunications to corporate networks and data centres.

For all press enquiries please contact: Bridie Douglas, Mason Advisory Limited
Tel: +44 (0)161 877 7808
Email: bridie_douglas@masonadvisory.com
Web: http://www.masonadvisory.com