Viven Bhowani

viven bhowani

United Arab Emirates

Bio Summary

I am the Chief Operating Officer at NEC XON, the sub-Saharan affiliate of multinational NEC Corporation. My combined career experience over the past 20 years extends to leading strategic projects, developing and executing business strategies, driving technology innovation, optimising and turning around operations as well as general business management.

Further to this, my career experience has involved working across various industries, leading global teams, managing diverse business functions (ranging from HR departments through to Solution Sales teams) and serving in senior roles from both sides of the proverbial table (as a client and a service provider). This has equipped me with certain skills that have proven extremely useful to me in that I am able to:

- serve as the bridge between business stakeholders and highly technical teams; - balance the critical demands of sales teams and operations, operational teams and projects, as well as several other key stakeholder groups and business areas; - be able to relate to the pressures, as well as understand the tricks of the trade, of both clients and service providers; - deliver in a wide array of roles and act as a general all-rounder; and - learn the unknown.

In my current role I am tasked with overseeing and maturing the operations across Africa to ensure that operations are optimised and effective. Critical to my success thus far has been the ability to provide leadership and direction to a wide array of stakeholders as well as serving as a point of engagement into a complex matric, global organisation.

I pride myself on my ability to lead strategically as well as delve into the operational detail to solve a problem or prevent a crisis. I am also extremely results drive and have a passion for driving operational excellence. I am very proud of the efficiency statistics, revenue growth and other metrics that I have had the privilege of leading teams to achieve.

Availability

Next Availability:

06 Dec 2022

Constraints:

No

Employment History

NEC

Chief Operating Officer

NEC

November 2019 - October 2022

As NEC Africa's Group COO, I look after NEC's sub-Saharan operations. My portfolio includes all elements of HR, IT, Projects, Facilities Management and Managed Services. I am also responsible for integrating and aligning thes ...see more

EOH

Solutions Director

EOH

November 2017 - October 2019

Responsible for leading multi-disciplinary teams that design, sell and deliver innovative transformational solutions into clients that span across iOCO’ s complex structure of business units. With P&L responsibility of R550 ...see more

IOCO

Solutions Director

IOCO

November 2017 - October 2019

Responsible for leading multi-disciplinary teams that design, sell and deliver innovative transformational solutions into clients that span across iOCO' s complex structure of business units. With P&L responsibility of R550m ...see more

Webber Wentzel

Chief Technology Officer

Webber Wentzel

September 2016 - October 2017

With ultimate accountability for Webber Wentzel's Information Technology division, I was accountable for all elements of digital transformation, strategic projects and business as usual operations. As a member of the Manageme ...see more

Webber Wentzel

Head Of IT Operations

Webber Wentzel

September 2013 - August 2016

As Head of IT Operations, I was accountable for all IT service delivery to a user-base of approximately 1000 users across multiple national offices. I was responsible for overseeing all elements of cyber security, IT infrastr ...see more

ConVista

Project Manager/ Consultant

ConVista

November 2011 - August 2013

My role at ConVista (now Deloitte) involved consulting, project management and service delivery responsibilities. I also had General Management and Account Management duties that saw me responsible for key accounts. Additiona ...see more

Xerox

Senior Project Manager

Xerox

March 2007 - October 2011

At Xerox, I led various operations and implementation projects. My tenure also involved consulting to the Xerox' partners, the management of operational teams and serving a business process engineering function. Key achievem ...see more

company bank

Technology Manager

HRActiv

March 2002 - February 2007

I was responsible for IT solutions, at HRActiv, and assisted in managing their Technology business unit. Key achievements included launching an Internet Service Provider business and creating an IT outsource offering for smal ...see more

Education

Master's in Business Administration/Management

University of South Africa

2012

Bachelor's in Business Administration/Management , Marketing

University of Witwatersrand

2007

Availability

Next Availability:

06 Dec 2022

Constraints:

No

Language Skills

Country Experience

South Africa United Arab Emirates Mauritius

Skills

Business

Digital Transformation,

Digital Strategy,

Business Unit Strategy,

Corporate Strategy,

Growth Strategy,

Innovation Strategy,

Operating Model,

Strategic Planning,

New Business Build,

Strategic Management,

Strategy Execution,

Asset Management,

Business Development,

Carve-out,

Joint Ventures & Alliances,

M&A Strategy & Due Diligence,

Merger & Acquisitions,

Operational Due Diligence,

Post Merger Integration

Human Resources

Succession Planning

Information Technology

CRM,

ERP,

IT Infrastructure,

IT Operations,

IT PMO,

IT Strategy,

IT Transformation,

Cloud Strategy & Change Management

Finance

Budgeting,

Cost Management,

Divestitures

Sales

Account Management

Customer and Client Support

Customer Service