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Martin Dvorsky Martin Dvorsky
Technical director, WW System z Workload Team
 
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Matthew Lee Matthew Lee
Territory manager South Africa, SUSE
 
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Matthew Lee Eddie Leighton
Information Technology Manager, NWK
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Andrew Mead Andrew Mead
System z Business Unit leader, South Africa, Software Group, IBM
Biography

Leah Parks Leah Parks
Director: Enterprise Computing, Africa and Middle East, IBM
 
Biography

Andrew Mead Louis Seyffert
Regional manager: southern Africa, Red Hat
 
Biography

Andrew Mead Andre van Wyk
Mainframe architect, T-Systems South Africa
 
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Martin Dvorsky

Martin Dvorsky started his IT career in 1997 as a systems programmer at Nova Hut in the Czech Republic, before joining IBM Czech Republic. He has been responsible for generating demand, and selling solutions and applications on System z in growth markets since 2008. In 2010 he moved to his current position. His role involves leading local sales and technical teams into new projects, engaging appropriate subject matter experts, and sharing best practices and references for System z new workloads.

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Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee started his IT career in networking in the early nineties. Working in all areas of the supply chain he has built up knowledge of the requirements and needs of end customers and resellers alike. He moved to Novell in 2007 to head up the national channel for all lines of business within the company. Since then has held a few job functions, including channel manager and business unit lead for Datacenter. In 2011 he moved to SUSE as regional manager for Africa.

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Eddie Leighton

Eddie Leighton joined NWK Limited in May 1990 as a computer technician. His background and training include telecommunications, data and instrumentation.

It was not long before he made a career change within the organisation to systems programming and Natural / Adabas database administration.

Eddie was involved with migrating from MVS to VSE-ESA in 1994.He progressed to database analyst (Natural / Adabas) and then to technology manager. Eddie was part of the planning and decision-making around migrating from IBM's zVSE to Linux in 2012.

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Andrew Mead

Andrew Mead is the business unit leader for System z software for South Africa, with a focus on bringing both new workloads to the System z platform for existing clients, and new clients to the System z platform. Originally from the UK, Andrew now resides in Johannesburg with his wife and three young children. Andrew has spent his entire career on the System z platform in a variety of roles, including technical management at a country and regional level, and in development in Hursley Lab in the UK.

Prior to joining IBM in 2006, Andrew spent numerous years in application development across various industry sectors. For many years, he combined a System z technical career with that of a ski coach in the Alps in Europe, qualifying to the highest level and coaching ski instructors for their own career progression.

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Leah Parks

Leah Parks is responsible for IBM's System Z business in Africa and the Middle East focusing on increased market penetration where there are enterprise level technology requirements in banking, eGovernment, cloud and analytics. She joined IBM in 1989 and held several executive leadership positions before being appointed into her current position in February this year. She has broad experience in IBM's technology brands, cloud solutions, and the public, finance and insurance sectors.

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Louis Seyffert

Louis Seyffert is an industry veteran with international experience who has held sales and regional management positions for both hardware and software industry leaders. He is currently the regional manager for southern Africa at Red Hat, a position he has held for over five years now.

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Andre van Wyk

Andre van Wyk has over 35 years of mainframe experience. His expertise lies in IBM Mainframe architecture, z/OS software and zLinux. He is currently responsible for the T-Systems South Africa development and implementation of the mainframe strategy countrywide.

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