Brett Dawson new DiData Group CEO

JOHANNESBURG (03/01/2004) - Dimension Data Holdings PLC announced Monday that its board of directors has appointed Brett Dawson as group CEO and executive board member of Dimension Data.

Jeremy Ord, previously chairman and CEO, remains group chairman.

Dimension Data's separation of the roles of chairman and CEO aligns the Group with global regulatory and corporate governance best practice, the company says.

Malcolm Rutherford has resigned from his position as chief financial officer, and will step down as executive director on the board of Dimension Data with immediate effect, but will remain on the board in a non-executive capacity. David Sherriffs has been appointed to succeed Rutherford. Says Rutherford: "I am pleased to have helped Dimension Data through the difficult years and proud of what we have achieved as a management team. The group is now in much better shape and I feel that it is time to hand over the reins to someone else."

Dawson and Sherriffs will assume their positions with immediate effect. Rutherford will work closely with Sherriffs over the next three months to ensure an orderly handover of his role. Says Ord: "Malcolm has been working with the group since 1991 and his contributions have been substantial. He is an exceptional performer with a detailed knowledge of the group and I am pleased he has agreed to stay on our board as a non-executive director."

Dawson has served as Dimension Data's COO since October 2002. Joining Dimension Data in 1997, Dawson has acted as financial director of the group joint venture, OmniLink. Following the merger of OmniLink and Internet Solutions, he was appointed CEO of Internet Solutions. In September 2001, he relocated to take on the role of CFO of Dimension Data North America.

"Brett has proven his diverse leadership competencies in many areas of our business. His recent successes in managing the group strategy and operations during extremely difficult global business conditions, coupled with his ability to maintain, attract, and inspire key talent made it a logical decision to appoint him CEO," says Ord.

Sherriffs is a charted accountant who joined the Group in 1997 as a member of the finance team. In 2000, he was named vice-president of Business Development for Europe and relocated to Germany. He has served as Group Executive Operations since 2003.

"Dave's international business expertise, operational acumen and merger and acquisition experience give him a rich background, and, in his capacity as Group Executive Operations, I have appreciated Dave's insights and diligence," says Dawson. "I am excited to have him as a key member of my team and look forward to working together to further improve the company's financial performance."

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