New GM of HR at NEC XON emphasises talent as key organisation focus

Caption: Ramona Adam GM of HR at NEC XON

Caption: Ramona Adam GM of HR at NEC XON

NEC XON has a new GM of HR as it reorganises to strategically align with market requirements and NEC’s global employee strategy.

Ramona Adam joins NEC XON’s leadership team and offers more than two decades of executive talent acquisition and management expertise acquired in Africa at global organisations.

“We want to attract, retain, and elevate all levels of talent within the business to support our growth strategies across our three vertical focus areas, namely telco and network service providers, public sector and the enterprise market throughout sub-Sahara Africa,” says Carel Coetzee, CEO of NEC XON. “Ramona Adam will lead our HR blueprint to align closely with NEC Global, leveraging the skills and expertise of the group’s 110 000 people worldwide, to benefit our African customers across those pillars.”

Adam joins NEC XON from a global security firm that employs more than 140 000 people in Africa alone. She managed executive talent acquisition and management for the business across 23 African countries and the HR operations across 14.

Viven Bhowani, COO of NEC XON, says that as the landscape and markets in which NEC XON operates continue to evolve, so too must the way in which talent is managed and a diverse, inclusive workforce is fostered. With remote working, mobility and digitisation becoming increasingly relevant, traditional approaches to talent management benefit from enrichment.

“As we continue to modernise our operational capability, our people strategy becomes more crucial. We have therefore been very deliberate around our talent management approach, and investing in our people, for the benefit of our customers,” says Bhowani. “Ramona’s appointment plays a pivotal role in ensuring that we are suitably geared, from a people perspective, to innovate and exceed clients’ expectations in South Africa and the rest of Africa.”

Adam says: “HR goes well beyond basic policies, training, and operational employee management, particularly for a global leader in the ICT sector. By supporting management’s tactical activities, aligned to strategic business objectives, we enhance the ability to generate value for both the business and customers. Improving commercial value is a fundamental benefit for customers increasingly pressured to digitalise and differentiate so they can improve efficiencies, customer experiences, and develop new markets. Skills and talent are fundamental, and we know that the business is the people.”


NEC XON is the combination of XON, a Systems Integrator providing custom ICT and security services and solutions in Southern Africa since 1996 and NEC Africa, the African business of the global technology giant NEC Corporation. NEC Corporation implemented its first communication solution is Africa in 1963 and established NEC Africa in 2011 to grow its business ICT and public safety.

Kapela Holdings, XON’s B-BBEE partner since 2012, continues as NEC XON’s B-BBEE partner in South Africa with Israel Skosana as chairman of the board of directors of NEC XON.

NEC generates global revenues in excess of $30 billion by orchestrating a brighter world for public entities, enterprises, telecoms carriers, and providing system platforms for businesses.

The combined NEC Africa and XON (NEC XON) operations seek to more fully explore the opportunities for safe city, energy, cyber security, telecommunication solutions, retail, energy, managed services, cyber defence services and cloud (both public and private) among others in sub-Sahara Africa.

NEC XON maintains its head offices in Gauteng, South Africa with a footprint that covers all nine provinces in South Africa and 16 Countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

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