IBM has a new Country General Manager for South Africa – Abraham Thomas.
Before coming aboard IBM in South Africa, Mr Thomas was Vice-President of the Systems and Technology Group, for IBM’s Growth Markets Unit, based in Shanghai. He succeeds Oliver Fortuin, who is leaving IBM to establish his own business.
A long-serving IBM executive, Abraham began his career with IBM in 1986 as Territory Representative for the Small and Medium Business solutions unit. In his 25 years with IBM, he has undertaken many roles including product management, sales, marketing and various management positions in ASEAN/ SA and in Asia Pacific.
He was recognised with IBM’s Hundred Per Cent Club, for exceeding his sales quota for eight consecutive years and was also awarded the 1997 IBM ASEAN/ SA General Manager’s Award for outstanding business performance.
Abraham is a Business Administration graduate from the National University of Singapore. He was an active executive committee member of the Singapore Computer Society and has organised social, networking activities to promote interaction within the local IT industry. He was also a National Council Member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He was named one of the Top 10 IT Executives of the Year in 2001, in a poll run by the IT Nation Business Review magazine.
Abraham is a keen golfer and enjoys reading and traveling. He is married and has 3 children.
First Distribution extends their very best wishes to Mr Thomas in his new role.