Cloud, mobility and IT outsourcing will be Simon Gillespie's key areas of focus as he takes on the role of CEO of Dimension Data, a gap left open by the departure of Robin Hartendorp, who had been the company's CEO since 2000.
Gillespie, who has managed Dimensions Data’s northern region and business integration for the past two years, stepped up to the role as Hartendorp moved onto Gen-i, where he has now taken up the newly created role of general manager for central government.
Speaking about Gillespie's appointment as CEO, Dilip Kumar, Dimension Data's Asia Pacific COO, says the promotion was a logical step for the business. “Simon has played a key leadership role in the organisation and has been groomed for this role. We believe he is well suited to lead the continued growth of our New Zealand business. With over 19 years at Dimension Data, he is a proven leader with the enthusiasm to lead the organisation through the next phase of development.”
Gillespie says he wants to make sure the business continues to grow. “We have had fantastic success in the last few years. We are privileged to have high quality clients, we have excellent global backing, and the best talent in the market. I look forward to building on this capability for our business and our client’s business," he says, adding that the strategy in New Zealand will continue to mirror Dimension Data's global plans of growth in the cloud, mobility and IT outsourcing areas.
"In many ways I’m looking to ensure Dimension Data continues in business as usual mode. We have had a fantastic few years of growth that some of our larger competitors would be very envious of. I want to keep the ship moving in the same direction. Our momentum has been based around a laser like focus on client delivery as well as product, service and commercial innovation and I intend to keep driving that," says the newly appointed CEO.
"Over the next few months I will be focussed on talking to our team, our partners and most importantly our clients about how we do this," he adds.
Gillespie cites some recent deals as signs that the company remains a strong player in the region: "Recent successes like our cloud services contract with Kathmandu, our unified communications contract with PGG Wrightson and the just announced network services partnership with the University of Otago, and our broader commitment to building a presence in Dunedin, are signs of our strength in the market," he says. He adds that the company's strategic partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and HP will remain "pivotal" to Dimension Data's success. "We will continue to be relevant to these suppliers by successfully representing their solutions to our clients," he says.
Gillespie's management of Dimensions Data’s northern region and business integration in the past two years culminated in the recent integration of three sites into Dimension Data’s new premises in the Auckland Viaduct. He has had direct responsibility for over 350 staff, out of a total of 650 Dimension Data staff in New Zealand. “He has led the New Zealand operation through major growth during which the company grew from 45 staff to over 550, with revenues growing from $20 million to over $240 million," says Kumar.