Private sector: Information technology

Belinda Godfrey
Director: Small Midmarket Solution and Partners
Microsoft South Africa
Tel: +27 860 22 5567

Belinda Godfrey has been at Microsoft for eight years and was previously in the mobile and retail sector with various roles in sales and marketing, including business analyst, business planning manager, home and retail manager working with the retail channel finished goods distributors, and sales manager for mid-size customer segment. Godfrey is now the small midmarket solution and partners director at Microsoft South Africa. She is passionate about ensuring that through Microsoft’s extensive partner channel the company brings meaningful solutions to businesses, South African citizens and ultimately makes a broader impact on the South African economy.

Monique Lincoln-Burbidge
Director: Customer and Partner Experience
Microsoft South Africa
Tel: +27 860 22 5567

Monique Lincoln-Burbidge is director of customer and partner experience at Microsoft South Africa. She started her career as a geologist in the mining industry working for both Anglo­vaal and De Beers Marine in Cape Town. She has a graduate diploma in mining engineering from Wits University. After completing her MBA at UCT in 1994, she moved into the IT world, working for the Dimension Data Group for four years, for EDS in various roles: account management; strategic consulting and managing the customer services call centre for the Standard Bank credit card outsource deal. After that she joined The Internet Solution as an account manager.She spent five years at SAP Africa as a customer relationship manager for financial services and then was responsible for setting up and managing the customer solutions consulting division. She joined Microsoft in 2004. She is married and has three stepchildren. Her spare time is spent training for marathons and ultra marathons and she has completed 13 Two Oceans and two Comrades marathons. She also makes hand-built ceramic pots and enjoys travelling.

Sandy Mohonathan
Human Resources Director
Microsoft South Africa
Tel: +27 860 22 5567

Sandy Mohonathan joined Microsoft in December last year after spending 11 years at Accenture, where she gained much of her HR experiences, both locally in South Africa and internationally. Some of the many great opportunities Mohonathan has had at Accenture include HR lead for the communications and high-tech sector in central Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa; HR lead for South Africa and Africa; HR professional development lead for Spain, Portugal, Africa and Israel; and South Africa’s global diversity representative for Accenture, working with the global diversity team. Mohonathan has two children, and has been married to Claude for 22 years. She is passionate about life and distributes her time between her husband and teenagers, the outdoors, social gatherings, scrap booking, arts/craft, yoga, meditation and HR networking/knowledge transfer, mentoring and coaching the next generation of HR leadership.

Tracey Newman
Business Group Executive
Microsoft Dynamics
Tel: +27 860 22 5567

Tracey Newman is the business group executive for Microsoft ­Dynamics division in South Africa. Newman focuses on driving current revenue performance, with overall responsibility for business, marketing and operations. Newman has extensive experience in the software applications domain. She was previously CEO for MWeb CommerceZone, providing B2B e-procurement solutions as well as strategic sourcing services to a number of blue-chip companies. Prior to this, Newman was the managing director of FrontRange Solutions, one of the leading independent providers of service, communication and customer relationship management applications for the SME and distributed enterprise markets. Newman is married and has a three-year-old son who occupies most of her “free” time.

Colleen Rose
Group IT Director
Smollan Group SA
Tel: +27 11 640 8000

Colleen Rose is the group information technology director at the Smollan Group, which is the leading sales and merchandising outsourcing company in Southern Africa. The company’s payoff line is “People and Technology Powering Brands”, and Rose is responsible for the technology component of that statement. She ensures that the IT systems are leading edge and responsive to the needs of some of the most blue-chip clients in the FMCG industry. Rose qualified with a degree in microbial genetics from the University of the Witwatersrand, but then the technology bug bit, and she has since held positions in IT at Ernst & Young, Edgars and Atio Corporation. She has completed a master’s degree in business leadership with Unisa. Her passions are her family, her animals and her newly acquired interest in kite surfing.

Sally-Jean Shackleton
Programmes Manager
Women’s Net
Tel: +27 11 429 0000

Sally-Jean Shackleton’s career in the gender sector started in 1991, when she worked as a volunteer counsellor for People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa). In 1994, she was employed as Powa’s information and media officer. Leaving the organisation in 1998, she undertook various materials development projects as a consultant, including a manual on women’s human rights and a training project for justice personnel on violence against women.She joined Women’s Net in 2001 as the organisation’s information coordinator, after working to develop a website on women’s human rights. Women’s Net’s starting point is information as both a basic human rights and an essential for women’s development. Shackleton now occupies the position of programmes manager and focuses her attention on gender and information communication technologies for women’s empowerment and for gender justice. She is also the chairperson of the board for the first organisation for transgender people in Africa.

Heather Third
Business Marketing Officer
Microsoft South Africa
Tel: +27 860 22 5567

Heather Third joined Microsoft in 1998. She moved through various roles in the marketing division and is passionate about the potential of technology and its ability to help people and companies leverage outcomes. Her roles within the company have included communications specialist, product manager, marketing manager and most recently the information worker business group manager. She took on the role of business marketing officer on April 1 2006. Third’s background is in public relations and brand communications consultancy, having worked in varied industries, from hospitality to the financial services sector.She is married with two sons and they all like fishing, be it fly, rock, surf or deep sea. “If a hobby is a relaxing pastime or diversion, then I have to say that my family is my biggest and favourite hobby,” she says. She also enjoys reading mysteries to escape and business books to keep in touch and has a passion for photography.

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