Gert Schoonbee, the current vice president of sales, who has been with the company for more than a decade, will take over the helm in April.
The African region will function as a separate entity from the previous Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) operations. The change will grant T-Systems more focused growth in the respective regions.
Based in Midrand, Johannesburg, Van der Walt-Korsten will be predominately responsible for exploring opportunities for growth in Africa. Her appointment is also a natural evolution of T-Systems business which sees, for example, many local customers expanding their operations into the rest of the African continent.
Comments Van der Walt-Korsten: “I look forward to my strategic role in order to proactively and effectively grow T-Systems’ business in targeted countries in Africa. We will follow a very controlled expansion approach, leveraging on many of the successes and lessons learnt in South Africa.
“The need for active involvement in skills development within each country will, we believe, be key to ensuring our long term sustainability.”
Since taking over the helm of T-Systems in South Africa in 2005, Van der Walt-Korsten has grown the business exponentially – from a staff complement of around 600 (in 2005) to the current 2,500 – solidifying the company’s position as the country’s foremost ICT outsourcing service provider.
As an executive accountable for all sales and customer relationships, Schoonbee is ideally suited to take over the reins from Van der Walt-Korsten, T-Systems said – securing new business and maintaining close and fruitful relationships with the company’s current South African customer-base.
The newly-appointed SA head was instrumental in securing a R2.58 billion rand outsourcing deal with Old Mutual.