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Pics and profiles: Here’s the SAP SA team who’ve been suspended

JOHANNESBURG — Gradually then suddenly, as Ernest Hemingway said. South Africa may currently be interpreted as being in the ‘suddenly’ part of Zupta corruption scandal. It’s been a bombshell week for software giant SAP in South Africa after it emerged that the company was involved in a very controversial kickback deal with a Gupta-linked company. Despite a number of red flags, SAP South Africa went on to pay the Gupta’s CAD Systems a R100m success fee to land a Transnet deal. The payment reeks of corruption and at first SAP Africa MD, Brett Parker, denied any wrongdoing and stopped short of threatening the media. Now he and his team have been put on administrative leave after SAP’s head office issued a statement on Thursday. Furthermore, the company is launching a high-level legal probe while roping in its Executive Board Member “Adaire Fox-Martin to vigorously review contracts awarded by SAP South Africa”. Here then are pictures and profiles of the SAP South Africa-linked management team, sourced from LinkedIn and the SAP website. – Gareth van Zyl

Brett Parker, Managing Director – SAP Africa
Brett Parker

Brett was appointed as the Managing Director for SAP Africa in July 2015. He is responsible for SAP’s business across the African continent. Brett has held corporate leadership positions in the technology industry over the past 16 years. Although he spent time working in mature markets in EMEA, Brett has most recently specialised in emerging markets for several years including, CIS, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

Brett has been involved in the technology sector for over 20 years. He has experience in corporate leadership, Enterprise Sales, SME and Indirect Channel business.

Brett started his career at Sybase SA as an Account Executive, later progressing to eventually become the Sales Director. In 1999 Brett joined Microsoft SA as the Enterprise and partner Group Sales Manager, a position he held for 2 years before being promoted to serve on the local board as the Enterprise and Partner Group Director and a member of the local board of directors. During his time at Microsoft he was part of the Executive potential programme and worked on
several global initiatives and projects.

Brett joined SAP in late 2004 to start the SME business in Africa, 18 months later he was appointed as the VP for Territory Sales in EMEA. Brett went on to lead the Eco-System and Channel organisation in Emerging markets for SAP EMEA. He is currently the Managing Director of SAP Africa. Brett has a B-Comm and several other certifications related to IT and business roles.

Specialties: Corporate leadership, sales leadership, Channel and Ecosystem business models. Diverse technology experience and knowledge.

Deena Pillay, CFO, SAP Africa
Deena Pillay

Deena is a Chartered Accountant with over 14 years of experience in the ICT sector.

As the CFO, Deena focuses on supporting and guiding the SAP leadership in the Africa market.

He has both a practical and proactive approach to business which makes him a dynamic and dependable leader. Deena first joined SAP Africa in 2000 in a senior financial position until  2006, thereafter he joined  US  telecom company, Verizon which was later purchased by MTN.

Prior to 2000, Deena cut his teeth at the coalface of the Transnet Group where he played an integral role in corporate finance for 8 years.

Deena re-joined SAP Africa in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer.

Lawrence Kandaswami MD, SAP South Africa
Lawrence Kandaswami

Kandaswami brings to the role almost two decades of management experience, having held senior positions in various blue chip South African organisations including De Beers and Business Objects.

Mehmood Khan, COO SAP Africa

The role of Chief Operating Officer was a natural progression for Mehmood to assume the leadership of strategic operations that will continue to build the SAP brand as the top ICT provider across the African continent.

As the Chief Operating Officer Mehmood communicates a clear vision of the future, motivates through inspiration, mobilises teams and actively establishes relationships characterised by mutual respect and trust.

Mehmood Khan

In his previous roles as Services Director SAP MENA and SAP Africa, Mehmood supported the successful deployment and operation of SAP customer’s systems solutions.  He ensured SAP Services delivered the best Business Consulting, Technical Consulting, Solution Implementation, Custom Development and Education Services.  

He was responsible for all aspects of leadership, positioning, sales, delivery, revenue growth and profitability of the SAP Services business.

As SAP Africa Value Engineer Lead, Mehmood helped customers develop practical implementation plans and business cases for IT transformation working with blue chip South African companies to structure multi-million rand investments in SAP.

In his role as IT Strategy Manager at PwC, Mehmood led engagements with South African companies to create IT strategies, specialising in M&A and restructuring initiatives.

Mehmood has a BSc Applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA INSEAD (France). 

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