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IT Personality, Visionary CIO finalists named.

The finalists for the 2011 IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year awards have been named.

The five IT Personality of the Year
finalists, in alphabetical order are:

Asher Bohbot

Darlene Menzies
Managing owner
The Development House

Greg Reis
Business Systems Group

Mteto Nyati

Sean O'Connell

The five Visionary CIO finalists,
in alphabetical order are:

Andrew John Brauer
Business Connexion

Bradley Coward
Group CIO

Mayan Mathen
Dimension Data MEA

Rubens da Silva
Johannesburg Water

Sandi Macfie
Southern Sun Hotels

IT Personality of the Year Award, now in its 33rd year, is presented by the Computer Society of SA (CSSA) in association with ITWeb, the Gordon Institute of Business Science and Gartner Africa. It recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the SA ICT industry over the past year and a significant contribution to the IT profession.

Visionary CIO Award, presented by the CSSA and ITWeb, recognises a personality on the other side of the IT vendor and service provider sector – an executive in the IT user environment who has demonstrated visionary leadership in applying technology to grow and transform business.

Brett Levy, joint-CEO of Blue Label Telecom, won the Personality title last year. The previous year, the accolade went to Ivan Epstein, CEO of Softline, while the 2008 winner was Mardia van der Walt Korsten, CEO of T-Systems SA.

Patrick Monyeki, at the time CIO of De Beers Group, holds the title of Visionary CIO 2010, while the then head of Internet channel at Absa, Carl Louw, won in 2009.

The winners of this year's awards will be announced at the CSSA President's Awards Breakfast, in association with ITWeb, on 10 November, at the Hilton Hotel, Sandton.




Click here to view the IT Personality of the Year
2010 gallery.



IT Personality


Mark Levy

Ivan Epstein

Mardia van der Walt-Korsten


Hamilton Ratshefola

Visionary CIO


Patrick Monyeki

Carl Louw


Rabelani Dagada


Patrick Monyeki
CIO of De Beers and current Visionary CIO winner
Professor Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Adrian Schofield
President of the CSSA
Hamilton Ratshefola
CEO Cornastone and 2007 IT Personality winner
Tebogo Makgatho
Group Business Development Director at Torque-IT
Tony Parry
Executive director of the CSSA
Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane
North-West Provincial Government