Woman executive leads NEC XON managed services into a new era

NEC XON has appointed renowned managed services specialist Mariëtte Hattingh as GM of Services to modernise its managed services portfolio into 4IR-relevant solutions for its clients.

Hattingh has more than 30 years of experience in client and managed service provider environments leading large and complex outsource relationships, transformational change, and business turnaround.

“We set off to challenge the status quo and disrupt the niche markets in which we operate for the benefit of our customers. Mariette’s appointment further entrenches this agenda with her client-centric approach and transformational outsourcing experience,” says Viven Bhowani, COO of NEC XON. “She is a strong leader and has great know-how around transforming services digitally to drive outcomes-based engagements. Mariette brings a wealth of skills in best-practice, driving commercial innovation, and driving service transformation through technology to enable NEC XON to lead the evolution of managed services for the fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Hattingh built her career in some of South Africa’s largest managed services providers where she delivered services into customers such as SAB, Edcon, Tiger Brands and RTT to name a few. For ABInBev she executed transformational outsourcing for seven primary infrastructure-based services where she consolidated multiple contracts into a service aggregation model.

“My vision for NEC XON is to enhance the managed services we deliver and uniquely differentiate it based on the portfolio of alternative energy, networking and telecommunications, security, data centres and infrastructure solutions across South, East and West Africa,” says Hattingh. “That integrated spectrum of solutions is unavailable elsewhere in these markets and positions our ability to deliver services specifically relevant to our telco and MNO service provider, enterprise, and public sector customers.”

She says that she will marshal NEC XON’s managed service capability into value-based outsourcing that creates a roadmap to enhancing outcomes for customers. Customers are looking for trusted advisors and strategic partners who can help them be relevant, realise their digital transformation strategies, transition to cloud and hybrid cloud, and support innovative operations in regions with low infrastructure availability.

Caption: Mariëtte Hattingh GM of Services at NEC XON

Caption: Mariëtte Hattingh GM of Services at NEC XON


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.

Media enquiries: Mark Harris, NEC XON
Contact details: (011) 237-4500, mark@nec.xon.co.za

Issued by: Michelle Oelschig, Scarlet Letter
Contact details: 083-636-1766, michelle@scarletletter.co.za