Nominee CFO Awards: Rob Evans, CFO Datatec


Rob Evans is nominated for the CFO Awards. Here below the factsheet of Rob and Datatec is shown. The factsheet together with his jury interview will be used to determine the CFO Award winners.

Rob Evans



Age: 48
Nationality: British
CFO since: June 2012

Other current positions:

  • Chairman - Analysys Mason


  • 2012 - Present: CFO - Datatec
  • 2008 - 2012: Chief Operating Officer, Consulting Services - Datatec
  • 2005 - 2008: Managing Director - Countervista (UK)
  • 2004 - 2005: Commercial Manager - NCC Group (UK)
  • 2000 - 2004: Managing Director - Light Guide Company (UK)
  • 1996 - 2000: M&A Director Europe - Datatec
  • 1996 - 1996: UK CFO - Data Translation Inc
  • 1994 - 1996: European Controller Belgium & UK - Alexander Proudfoot
  • 1988 - 1994: Manager - KPMG UK & Australia


  • University of Leicester - B Sc, Mathematics and Economics

Additional Information:
Evans has held a wide range of international operational and financial roles, both within the Group and in a number of other international companies.

Having worked for Datatec earlier in his career, Rob rejoined the group in 2008, initially as an integration and transformation executive with oversight for the group's emerging markets operations in Africa, India and the Middle East (AIME).

He then became chief operating officer of Westcon AIME. Since 2010 he has been Head of the Consulting Services division and was recently appointed chairman of Analysys Mason. He is on several of the group's subsidiary boards.

Between 2000 and 2008, he worked in a variety of UK and international roles including sales leadership and business development at NCC Group and independent management consultancy where he undertook various assignments for Tech Data, Intermec and Citrix.

Between 1996 and 2000, he was Datatec's UK finance director and then group M&A director during which time he worked on more than 20 acquisition projects. He was also closely involved in the operational review and integration of newly acquired businesses around the world.

Employees: 6586 (2013)
Listed: JSE, LSE
Sector: Consumer Discretionary
Industry: Distributors
Sub-Industry: General Merchant Wholesalers

Datatec is a global ICT solutions and services group with revenues of over US$ 5 billion, more than 6,500 employees worldwide and operations in over 50 countries. The Group operates in three principal areas of the ICT industry: Technology, Integration and Consulting through its three respective divisions:

  • Westcon Group, global distribution of advanced networking, security and unified communications products;
  • Logicalis, ICT infrastructure solutions and services and
  • Consulting Services, comprising; Analysys Mason, Intact and Via Group providing strategic and technical consulting.

Financial Results:

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Additional information:

Annual report 2013

  • Group revenue up 7% to $2,62 billion (H1 FY12: $2,44 billion)
  • Gross margin increases to 14,4% (H1 FY12: 14,1%)
  • EBITDA up 8% to $91,9 million (H1 FY12: $85,4 million)
  • Underlying* earnings per share up 8% to 23,5 US cents (H1 FY12: 21,8 US cents)
  • Increased interim capital distribution up by 14% to 8 US cents per share (H1 FY12: 7 US cents)


  • Trading and underlying earnings continue to improve but growth slowing in a weakening economic climate
  • Group continues to benefit from business and international diversification
  • Continued improvement in business mix and growing annuity income stream
  • Afina expands solution set and geographic high growth markets exposure

Datatec continues to pursue its long-term strategy to deliver sustainable, above average returns to shareholders by focusing on a combination of organic growth in the faster-growing sectors of the ICT market, geographic expansion and complementary acquisitions.

Datatec has maintained its strong market position with no particular dependency on any single market, territory or technology sector and continued to improve its customer mix. The mid-term priority is focused on building our scale and critical mass in the developing markets that the Group has moved into successfully in the past few years. Westcon's investments in new markets has now achieved a footprint in most of its desired geographies. Westcon's most significant acquisition in the year was Afina which greatly extended its geographical coverage in Latin America. Logicalis's acquisition of the European 2e2 businesses after the end of the financial year is expected to boost significantly its presence on the continent and the addition of the Spanish operation will complement its strong presence in Latin America.
Source: Annual report Datatec 2013

  • Datatec's Logicalis unit buys Jersey based iConsult, 14-10-2013
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  • Mustek sells Comztek stake to Datatec, 3-6-2013
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  • Datatec targets acquisitions in US, 28-5-2013
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  • S.Africa's Datatec eyeing $50 mln acquisition in Southeast Asia, 15-5-2013
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  • Datatec focuses on emerging markets for profit, 16-5-2013
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  • Datatec to buy European firms for EURO24m, 4-5-2013
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  • Datatec to buy Comztek for R88m, 30-11-2012
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