Overview

Over 15 years of global (South Africa, Europe and USA) experience inProject Managementand SoftwareProduct Management. Passionate about applying technology and collaboration models to business settings, exceeding value expectations, and executing projects in an agile and organized manner. Proficient problem-solver who likes to analyze technical, economical and business perspectives for evolving a strategy. Articulate communicator who can blend technical knowledge and solid business acumen with interpersonal skills to interact effectively with customers, partners, executives and technical teams. Productive catalyst for change and innovation in a global and diverse workplace.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2006 - Present

VP Product Management

eXpresso Corp.

  • Spearheaded the adoption of Agile project management practices and tools across 3 global development locations (US, Vietnam, Romania).
  • Designed and implemented computing environments (physical and virtual) for production, development, and support.
  • Led product strategy, roadmap and release of eXpresso’s successful flagship document collaboration framework.
  • Coordinated strategic integration projects with industry leaders including IBM, Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Cisco.
Jan 2005 - Apr 2006

VP Product Management

SmartDB Corporation

  • Phased out products that had reached end-of-life and consolidated remaining products under the SmartDB brand.
  • Stabilized and organized software assets in preparation for acquisition by guiding efforts of onshore and offshore development teams.
  • Evangelized and demonstrated SmartDB’s product suite to target acquirers leading to successful acquisition by Rocket Software
Aug 1998 - Dec 2002

Senior Consultant & Senior Product Manager

SmartDB Corporation

  • Top performing consultant assigned as Y2K data conversion specialist to mission critical projects with Global 500 companies including Nike, Honeywell, BT, Xerox.
  • Established the Product Management role and realigned SmartDB’s products post Y2K.
  • Liased with and coordinated joint projects between SmartDB and its partners including Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Deloitte Consulting, Accenture.
Feb 1997 - Jul 1998

Product Manager (Database Products)

Foster-Melliar

  • Established the database tools category for Foster-Melliar by crafting database-oriented product and service solutions that were sold to leading SA businesses including MTN, Edgars, Eskom.
  • Achieved national award as top achiever in ITIL Service Management exam in 1997.
Jan 1995 - Jan 1997

Systems Advisor

Fujitsu-ICL

  • Established the technical infrastructure and procedures for bringing a UK-based MRP system (MAX International) to the South African market.
  • Led the technical sales and implementation efforts for an MRP system to manufacturing and logistics companies including Gold Fields, TMSA, GFW Hospital.

Education

Education
2003 - 2004

MBA

University of Cape Town

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) – 74% Grade Point Average

Research Area: Real Options Analysis - Its potential value to the investment decisions of South African Venture Capitalists focusing on Biotechnology – 78% Grade

Certifications

Certifications

South African American Business Chamber

SAABC.org
1997 - Present

ITIL

British Computer Society
1998 - Present

CPIM

APICS