About Len and the CIO Recruitment Firm

Len de Villiers is the Chairman of the CIO Council of South Africa and previous Group CIO at Absa Bank, Nedbank, First National Bank, Transaction Capital and Telkom Group.

Len is currently serving on 4 Company Boards as Non-Executive Director with specific accountability as Chairman of their IT Board Sub Committees. Len has 41 years’ experience in the IT industry and considered to be one of the top CIO’s in South Africa. De Villiers was voted “the most admired CIO in South Africa” by the CIO Council of South Africa consisting of the top 200 CIO’s in the country and voted as one of the Top 10 CIO’s in SA by IITPSA / MWEB in 2016.

He began his career in 1978 in IT management positions at BP, Metro Cash and Carry and Gencor. He joined First National Bank as GM of IT in 1986, followed by 3 years as MD of Microdata and as an Executive Director at Datakor Holdings. Len was appointed Managing Director of Nedbank’s Group Operations in 2003 and as MD of Nedbank’s Group Technology and Support Services (GTSS) in August 2004 which incorporated the Shared Services with 16,000 staff.

De Villiers was a member of Nedbank’s Executive for 5 years, reporting to Tom Boardman and won several top achiever awards as well as the highest award in Nedbank (the CEO award in 1998). He spent 15 years with Nedbank, left as the Group CIO and joined Absa Bank as Group CIO on 1 August 2008 until December 2011.

Len crafted the 5 year Strategic Technology Plan for the Absa Group articulating the technology plans and initiatives necessary to create and support the underlying Technology required for their ‘One Absa’ Strategy. Len joined Transaction Capital in January 2012 as Group CIO with responsibility for Bayport and Chairing the IT Steerco for the Transaction Capital Group.

Len was appointed to Telkom South Africa as Group CIO and a member of Telkom Group EXCO on 1 November 2013 until 31 March 2018

The CIO Council

Len de Villiers is the Chairman of the CIO Council of South Africa and previous Group CIO at Absa Bank, Nedbank, First National Bank,Transaction Capital and Telkom Group.

Len is currently serving on 4 Company Boards as Non-Executive Director with specific accountability as Chairman of their IT Board Sub Committees.

Len has 41 years’ experience in the IT industry and considered to be one of the top CIO’s in South Africa. De Villiers was voted “the most admired CIO in South Africa” by the CIO Council of South Africa consisting of the top 200 CIO’s in the country and voted as one of the Top 10 CIO’s in SA by IITPSA / MWEB in 2016.

He began his career in 1978 in IT management positions at BP, Metro Cash and Carry and Gencor. He joined First National Bank as GM of IT in 1986, followed by 3 years as MD of Microdata and as an Executive Director at Datakor Holdings.

Len was appointed Managing Director of Nedbank’s Group Operations in 2003 and as MD of Nedbank’s Group Technology and Support Services (GTSS) in August 2004 which incorporated the Shared Services with 16,000 staff.

De Villiers was a member of Nedbank’s Executive for 5 years, reporting to Tom Boardman and won several top achiever awards as well as the highest award in Nedbank (the CEO award in 1998).

He spent 15 years with Nedbank, left as the Group CIO and joined Absa Bank as Group CIO on 1 August 2008 until December 2011.

Len crafted the 5 year Strategic Technology Plan for the Absa Group articulating the technology plans and initiatives necessary to create and support the underlying Technology required for their ‘One Absa’ Strategy.

Len joined Transaction Capital in January 2012 as Group CIO with responsibility for Bayport and Chairing the IT Steerco for the Transaction Capital Group.

Len was appointed to Telkom South Africa as Group CIO and a member of Telkom Group EXCO on 1 November 2013 until 31 March 2018

The CIO Council

The CIO Council of South Africa is a local initiative with the objective to provide a platform for CIO’s and IT Decision makers from Business, Governmental Institutions and NGO’s to share knowledge and experience.

The CIO Council was initiated in 2009 by some of the CIO alumni together with Microsoft SA and has registered many of the top CIO’s in business and Government.

The chairman is Len de Villiers, the CIO of the Bayport Group, and some of the CIO course facilitators are represented on the Council’s management executive.

The CIO Council has arranged a number of workshops on topics of general interest to CIO’s and aspirant CIO’s. Participation in this council enables CIO’s to meet the top 200 to 300 CIO’s every quarter to talk about the challenges of being a CIO.

De Villiers was voted in as “the most admired CIO in South Africa” by the CIO Council of South Africa consisting of the top 100 CIO’s in the country in 2009.

Pete Janse van Vuuren, a director of the CIO Council of South Africa, believes CIOs must move from aligning IT to the business to becoming an integral part of the value delivery process to the customer. This can be achieved by evolving from an information technology provider to a business technology expert, says Janse van Vuuren, who is also CEO of The Thinking Cap.

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