After 12 dynamic years at the helm of Dimension Data, Brett Dawson has decided to hand over the leadership responsibility as Group CEO to longstanding COO Jason Goodall.
During Brett’s tenure he successfully evolved the company into a market leading and fully integrated global IT services giant, servicing 72% of the Fortune 100, and over 60% of the Fortune 500 companies. Dimension Data quadrupled in size, from a $2 billion competitor to an $8 billion contender, expanded its footprint from 30 Countries to 58, and grew its local and international employee compliment from 8000 to more than 30 000 passionate and dedicated staff. Over 80% of Group Revenue now emanates from outside of Africa with the strongest markets in USA, Europe and Asia.
Brett comments, “Dimension Data operates in the service industry, where our purpose is to assist our clients achieve greatness. Our vision is to be positioned as a leading global provider of exceptional client based IT solutions, delivered by superbly motivated and well-rounded team.”
Testimony to this vision, growth and internationalization is the proliferation of astute, highly-talented individuals within the organisation, all aligned to a balanced, focused and winning culture. Instrumental to the organizational success was the introduction of the Heads, Hands and Hearts program where employees were encouraged to actively make a difference in their communities by giving generously of their time, intellect and energy. This program significantly contributed towards Dimension Data becoming the only company in its industry to be recognized as a Global Top employer for two consecutive years.
Brett’s legacy was his ability to attract the right people, matched to his outstanding management and hands-on leadership skills which continually placed the company ahead of the curve, consistently delivering shareholder value. During his time, Dimension Data became the darling of the IT market and a significant player in the emerging and all important global Cloud market, through strategic acquisitions, embracing new technology and integration of networking solutions.
Dawson concludes, “After over a decade of high intensity investment, and rewarding personal growth, I have attained my goals and decided that now is the right time to place the leadership of Dimension Data into new, yet familiar hands, with the promise of delivering continued and sustainable growth in this dynamic market sector.”
As a global leader in the provision and management of specialist IT infrastructure solutions and services, Dawson is leaving the team at Dimension Data on a firm footing, with dynamic growth plans for the future.