Dimension Data CEO Resigns, Succeeded By Operations Chief

The CEO of solution provider giant Data Dimension has stepped down after 12 years at the helm, the company said Friday.

Brett Dawson resigned his post as group CEO to pursue other interests, the company said in an email to CRN.

South Africa-based Dimension Data – No. 11 on CRN’s 2016 Solution Provider 500 list – appointed Chief Operating Officer Jason Goodall, to take Dawson’s place, according to a company statement. Goodall is an 18-year veteran of the company.

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In February, NTT Senior Executive Vice President Jun Sawada told financial analysts that NTT was pursuing "cost efficiency and profit and revenue enhancements" within the Dimension Data business. Tokyo-based NTT acquired Dimension Data for $3.3 billion in 2010.

This switch in the corner office comes just days after NTT unveiled the creation of a new security company, NTT Security, which will include Dimension Data, and utilize its managed security platform.

NTT Security will also weave together parts of NTT Corp.'s other companies, including the managed security services platform and security practice of NTT Communications, the security platform of the parent firm’s research and development arm, NTT Innovation Institute, and managed security provider Solutionary.

That company is scheduled to be up and running by Aug. 1.

Goodall was managing director for Dimension Data's Middle East and Africa unit in 2003. Seven years later, he was elevated to COO, where he was responsible for both regions and several global functions, including sales, marketing, information services, human resources and commercial finance.

Before coming to Dimension Data, Goodall served as COO of IT services company Internet Solutions for three years, following a stint as financial controller for IBM South Africa.

"I’m honored and thrilled to be stepping up to this opportunity," Goodall said in the statement, adding that the company is looking at opportunities for growth moving forward.