Biography and Background:
Leanne first started in IT at Microsoft South Africa where she held various roles over nine years before joining Dimension Data. Leanne has an unusual background across many organizational areas (including sales, marketing, HR and managed services) with a common theme of striving to learn about the business and clients and applying that knowledge in the successful completion of strategic projects. Some of the Leanne's key initatives over her 12 year career with Dimension Data include embedding interactive learning within the Dimension Data culture with the launch of the corporate university, selecting a new HRIS that revolutionized access to people data and decision-making for leaders, and joint leader of the integration of a large acquired organization in the US over an 18 month period. Her current role focuses on facilitating the best experience for Dimension Data clients leveraging cloud solutions to meet their business goals.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Over the last year I have stepped into the cloud operations role to drive more maturity in our business model, processes and a focus on client satisfaction. We are crafting some unique solutions leveraging our hybrid cloud platform that enable clients from small ISVs to large global organizations to take advantage of the flexibility and scalability of our offerings. I lead a team of services-focused individuals who ensure we are offering our latest cloud solutions in the region and drive optimal partnerships with our clients to take full advantage of the infrastructure, applications and services that can transform their digital business strategy.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
My primary goal is to continue to grow our Hybrid Cloud business and help our clients achieve optimal and future-proofed business outcomes in a cost efficient and collaborative way. Dimension Data is uniquely positioned to offer a wide array of services that can be customized to meet our clients wherever they are on their digital journey.
What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
My most recent awards include recieiving Dimension Data Americas Power of One award, which recognizes outstanding leaders who are helping to transform the business through living the Dimension Data values and ultimately keeping the client at the center of all we do. I also received an Award of Excellence for work on the acquisition integration.
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Bronwyn Hoffmann is a woman who is uniquely authentic in her style that has an impact on everyone she interacts with. Bronwyn is a leadership trainer and executive coach that has literally changed the lives of the individuals she has worked with. She understands the whole person and how health, happiness and success are all intricately linked. Bronwyn helps people be their best selves by helping them uncover what truly matters to them and how to build that into their personal journies. She lives her life by these values and is a great role model.
What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Go for it! The technology world will certainly benefit from the diversity of thinking that young women bring to this space. You don't need to change who you are or act like one of the boys to be successful. In fact being yourself is your biggest asset to yourself and your team. You will also set a great example for others to follow. Technology careers are one of the most dynamic areas to be in and they can be so rewarding, providing flexibility and growth equal to the investment you are willing to put in.
If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Nelson Mandela, a real life leader who's mindset and motivation I'd like to incorporate myself. Growing up in South Africa, I experienced the revolutionary 1990's inspired by his leadership. In "Long Walk to Freedom" or Invictus, I'm inspired by his quote on leadership - "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another." He was given little, but took adversity, racism, and extreme hardship and united a country. On a lighter note, I would be Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future so I could time travel.
If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
I would travel to Wellington, New Zealand to visit my brother. I believe family is essential in providing us with context and meaning in everything we do. New Zealand is also meant to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world with dramatic landscapes and amazing fjords. I love to travel and experience new countries and cultures. It helps keep us humble and allows us to appreciate the diversity of thinking and being.
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