Board of directors

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 apex of the Group’s corporate governance structure and ensures the Group is a responsible corporate citizen.

Stephen Davidson

STEPHEN DAVIDSON Independent non-executive Chairman

Age: 60 
Date of appointment: 1 February 2007

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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

    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
    • Social and Ethics Committee
    • Remuneration Committee
    • Nominations Committee (Chairman)

    Other directorships

    • Non-executive Chairman of Actual Experience plc (LSE)
    • Non-executive deputy Chairman of Jaywing plc (AIM London)
    • Non-executive director of Inmarsat plc (LSE)
    • Non-executive director of EBT Digital Communications Retail Group
    • Non-executive director of Restore plc (AIM London)
    • Non-executive Chairman of PRS for Music
    • Director of Informa plc (LSE)
JENS MONTANANA

JENS MONTANANA Chief Executive Officer

Age: 55 
Date of appointment: 6 October 1994

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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 in Boston, Massachusetts, an early pioneer of network switching and one of the market leaders in IP bandwidth management, which was subsequently sold to Lucent Corporation in 1999. In 1994 Jens became Chairman and CEO of Datatec. He has previously served on the boards and subcommittees of various public companies. Jens graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Reading.

    Board committee membership

    • Social and Ethics Committee

    Other directorships

    • Chairman of Corero plc (LSE)
JURGENS MYBURGH

JURGENS MYBURGHChief Financial Officer (to 31 May 2016)

Age: 41 
Date of appointment: 1 May 2014

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Jurgens was appointed CFO of Datatec on 1 June 2014. Prior to joining Datatec, he was executive Vice-President and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Standard Bank. He has extensive experience in finance, management, listed company corporate actions and mergers and acquisitions. Jurgens qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) at KPMG in 2000, and in 2008, completed a global enterprise managerial programme at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Jurgens resigned from the Board of Datatec effective 1 June 2016.

JURGENS MYBURGH

IVAN DITTRICH Chief Financial Officer

Age: 43 
Date of appointment: 30 May 2016

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Ivan re-joined 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 PwC in London. He recently completed the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership programme at Said Business School.

CHRIS SEABROOKE

CHRIS SEABROOKE Independent non-executive director

Age: 63 
Date of appointment: 6 October 1994

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Chris has been a director of over 25 stock exchange-listed companies. He is currently CEO 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

    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (Chairman)
    • Remuneration Committee
    • Nominations Committee

    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)
    • Director of Net1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ/JSE)
    • Director of Brait S.E. (Luxembourg/JSE)
    • Chairman of Torre Industries Limited (JSE)
JOHN McCARTNEY

JOHN McCARTNEY Independent non-executive director

Age: 63 
Date of appointment: 16 July 2007

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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 COO of US Robotics, Inc., which he joined in 1984, as well as President of 3Com Corporation’s Client Access Unit. John is a member of WestconGroup's Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee as well as the Compensation Committee.

    Board committee membership

    • Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
    • Nominations Committee

    Other directorships

    • Non-executive Chairman of Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ)
    • Non-executive director of Rice Energy, Inc. (NYSE)
FUNKE IGHODARO

FUNKE IGHODARO Independent non-executive director

Age: 53 
Date of appointment: 1 September 2010

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Funke is Chief Financial Officer and an executive director of Tiger Brands Limited. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).

    Board committee membership

    • Nominations Committee
    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

    Other directorships

    • Executive director of Tiger Brands Limited (JSE)
NICK TEMPLE

NICK TEMPLE Independent non-executive director

Age: 68 
Date of appointment: 1 October 2002

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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. He is currently an adviser to a number of companies.

    Board committee membership

    • Remuneration Committee
PROFESSOR WISEMAN NKUHLU

PROFESSOR WISEMAN NKUHLU Independent non-executive director

Age: 72 
Date of appointment: 1 September 2006

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    Skills, expertise and experience

    Wiseman is Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, and a trustee of the IFRS Foundation. Wiseman was formerly president of the International Organisation of Employers, Geneva between June 2008 and June 2011. He also served as economic adviser to the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, and as Chief Executive of the Secretariat of New Partnership for Africa’s Development from October 2000 to July 2005. Wiseman has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Fort Hare, is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and has an MBA from the University of New York.

    Board committee membership

    • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
    • Social and Ethics Committee (Chairman)

    Other directorships

    • Chairman of NM Rothschild & Sons (JSE)
    • Director of the Ethics Institute of South Africa
    • Director of AngloGold Ashanti Limited (JSE)