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.

Employment History


Chief Operating Officer


November 2019 - October 2022

Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Solutions Director


November 2017 - October 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Solutions Director


November 2017 - October 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Project Manager/ Consultant


November 2011 - August 2013

Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Senior Project Manager


March 2007 - October 2011

Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Technology Manager


March 2002 - February 2007

Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Master's in Business Administration/Management

University of South Africa


Bachelor's in Business Administration/Management , Marketing

University of Witwatersrand


Language Skills

Country Experience

South Africa United Arab Emirates Mauritius



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,


Joint Ventures & Alliances,

M&A Strategy & Due Diligence,

Merger & Acquisitions,

Operational Due Diligence,

Post Merger Integration

Human Resources

Succession Planning

Information Technology



IT Infrastructure,

IT Operations,


IT Strategy,

IT Transformation,

Cloud Strategy & Change Management



Cost Management,



Account Management

Customer and Client Support

Customer Service