AWCape signals next phase of growth with appointment of new MD
The AWCape Group has appointed Jeff Ryan, CFA, as the Managing Director of its flagship business, AWCape, one of South Africa’s foremost Sage Business Partners, while Henri Hattingh, founder and former CEO of AWCape, will become Group Executive Chairman. The changes are part of the group’s strategy to accelerate growth and position itself as a key business partner to businesses as they speed up their digital transformations in the wake of the pandemic.
Ryan joined AWCape in 2020 and was previously the head of business development for three group companies: AWCape, AWPower and Applico. With over 20 years’ experience, Ryan takes on this role with deep strategy and technology consulting, project management and business development experience. In addition, Ryan has a strong understanding of how software helps businesses drive growth and efficiency.
AWCape has an established footprint as a consulting implementation and cloud hosting partner for Sage Intacct, Sage 300cloud and Sage 300 People HR & Payroll, while Applico is a leading Sage Authorised Learning Partner. The third operating company, AWPower, is a leader in providing solar energy solutions and installations in the Western Cape, Gauteng and surrounds.
Says Ryan: “Having worked closely with AWCape as a product manager at Sage and as a client at a different company, I have always admired its skills base, expertise and commitment to excellence. I am proud to have the opportunity to lead AWCape into an exciting time for the IT industry, with the COVID-19 crisis prompting organisations to fast-track their digital transformations.
“It is also an exciting time for AWCape, following strong year-on-year growth, our expansion into markets such as cloud hosting, payroll outsourcing and business process automation, and the addition of new product lines, like Sage Intacct and Synatic, to our portfolio. We are looking forward to partnering with new and existing clients to help them grow their businesses in the years to come.”
Adds Hattingh: “I’m pleased to be able to appoint a business leader with Jeff’s deep experience and strategic acumen to lead AWCape in the years to come. Appointing Jeff enables me to spend more time focusing on strategic opportunities for the group, with a view to taking it to the next level of growth.”
AWCape has also announced it has appointed Del-Mari Roberts as Group Marketing and PR Manager to help drive its growth and public profile. Roberts was previously part of a communications team responsible for growing Sage’s profile across Africa and contributed to several award-winning media campaigns over seven years.