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  • MAYA MAKANJEE

    MAYA MAKANJEE

    Independent non-executive Chair

    Age: 60 (South African)
    Date of appointment: 1 November 2018

    FULL BIO

    Skills, expertise and experience

    Maya is an independent non-executive director with executive experience in the telecommunications, financial services, consulting and fast-moving consumer goods industries. She has held directorships in human resources, marketing communication, corporate affairs and reputation management, strategy, and business re-engineering and has extensive experience in Southern African Development Community (“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 Mpact Limited
    • Non-executive director of Truworths International Limited

    Board committee membership

    • Nominations Committee (Chair)
    • Remuneration Committee
    • Social and Ethics Committee
  • JENS MONTANANA

    JENS MONTANANA

    Chief Executive Officer

    Age: 61 (British)
    Date of appointment: 6 October 1994

    FULL BIO

    Skills, expertise and experience

    Jens is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Datatec, which he established in 1986.

    Between 1989 and 1993, Jens also 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, Datatec listed on the JSE and Jens held the role of Chairman as well as Chief Executive Officer until 2001, when Datatec established an independent non-executive Chairman role. Jens chairs the boards of Datatec's divisional parent companies, Logicalis Group Limited, Westcon International Limited and Analysys Mason Limited.

    Other directorships

    • Chairman of Corero plc (AIM London)
  • IVAN DITTRICH

    IVAN DITTRICH

    Chief Financial Officer

    Age: 49 (South African)
    Date of appointment: 30 May 2016

    FULL BIO

    Skills, expertise and experience

    Ivan rejoined Datatec on 30 May 2016 from Vodacom, where he had been Group Chief Financial Officer (“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.

  • STEPHEN DAVIDSON

    STEPHEN DAVIDSON

    Independent non-executive director

    Age: 66 (British)
    Date of appointment: 1 February 2007

    FULL BIO

    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.

    Other directorships

    • Non-executive Chair of Actual Experience plc (AIM London)
    • Non-executive Chair of PRS for Music
    • Non-executive director of Informa plc (“LSE”)
    • Non-executive director at MCB Group Ltd

    Board committee membership

    • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
    • Social and Ethics Committee (Chair)
    • Nominations Committee

  • JOHN MCCARTNEY

    JOHN MCCARTNEY

    Independent non-executive director

    Age: 69 (American)
    Date of appointment: 16 July 2007

    FULL BIO

    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)

    Board committee membership

    • Nominations Committee
  • RICK MEDLOCK

    RICK MEDLOCK

    Independent non-executive director

    Age: 62 (British)
    Date of appointment: 1 January 2020

    FULL BIO

    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 buy-out 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 a Master of Economics degree from the University of Cambridge.

    Other directorships

    • Smith + Nephew plc (Audit Committee Chair and non-executive director)
    • Deliveroo Holdings plc (Audit Chair and non-executive director)

    Board committee membership

    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • JOHNSON NJEKE

    JOHNSON NJEKE

    Independent non-executive director

    Age: 63 (South African)
    Date of appointment: 1 September 2016

    FULL BIO

    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 has served in a number of prominent advisory roles for both the public and private sector.

    Johnson has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degree, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

    Other directorships

    • Executive Chairman of Silver Unicorn Coal and Minerals (Pty) Ltd
    • Non-executive director of Delta Property Fund
    • Trustee and Chairman of Hollard Foundation Trust
    • Non-executive director of Motus Holdings Limited
    • Non-executive director of Clicks Group Limited
    • Non-executive director of 4 Africa Exchange (Pty) Ltd

    Board committee membership

    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (Chair)
    • Remuneration Committee
    • Social and Ethics Committee
  • Deepa Sita

    DEEPA SITA

    Independent non-executive director

    Age: 44 (South African)
    Date of appointment: 1 March 2022

    FULL BIO

    Skills, expertise and experience

    Deepa Sita is an executive director and CFO of Tiger Brands Limited and has excellent experience in a wide range of executive roles as a CFO including Masswarehouse (a division of Massmart Holdings Limited) and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (“GIBS”), University of Pretoria.

    Deepa is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and holds a Master of Business Administration (“MBA”) (cum laude) from GIBS, University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting (Honours) degree from the University of Johannesburg.

    Other directorships

    • Executive director and CFO of Tiger Brands Limited

    Board committee memberships

    • Remuneration Committee
    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee