NEC XON bags two top F5 awards

Johannesburg, 07 Mar 2018
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Left to right: Diego Arrabal, F5's regional VP for Middle East and Africa , Mark Harris, marketing director of NEC XON and Simon McCullough, channel manager of F5.
Left to right: Diego Arrabal, F5's regional VP for Middle East and Africa , Mark Harris, marketing director of NEC XON and Simon McCullough, channel manager of F5.

NEC XON has won both the Rising Star and Salesperson of the Year awards and was runner up for Technical Champion from F5 Networks after earlier in the year achieving Gold partner status through substantial, additional investment in technical skills.

Rising Star acknowledges the business partner that has made the swiftest and greatest progress of all of F5's regional partners, which NEC XON achieved through its investment in the technology and skills to support large customer rollouts in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Jurie Cordier, key account executive at NEC XON, won Salesperson of the Year for his outstanding contribution to F5's regional revenues.

"F5 is a strategic partner for NEC XON because they provided the exceptional platform that allows us to meet customer requirements in demanding environments," says Cordier. "It would not have been remotely possible without the dedication from NEC XON in moving the partnership forward by ensuring there is a solid baseline to meeting the business and technical requirements to providing these capabilities and opportunities."

F5 provides application services that range from high availability, or load balancing, to application security, Web fraud protection, and mitigating distributed denial of services (DDOS) attacks. These services facilitate customers undertaking a digital transformation journey in multi-cloud environments, essentially by enabling central application service delivery across disparate clouds and networks.

F5's solutions enables both telecommunications and Internet service providers as well as enterprises and F5's South African office handles 50 countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa region supporting 146 partners including NEC XON.

"Jurie was awarded Sales Champion of the Year due to his attentive customer engagement, pipeline generation, and his major contribution to F5's revenues in 2017," says Simon McCullough, channel manager of F5. "NEC XON is an extremely valuable and strategic partner to our growth and development plans for the Sub-Saharan region due to their extensive reach and their strengths and capabilities in the service provider and enterprise spaces. Considering their overall skills, competencies, and services bouquet, they're trusted security and IT infrastructure advisors to some of Africa's top telecommunication service providers and financial services organisations."

F5's awards judged participants by revenue, reach throughout the year, pipeline growth, technical competence, sales capabilities, architectures, and successful deployments to shortlist finalists before judging winners.

F5 hosted the awards ceremony at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton on Thursday, 2 March, 2018. The two companies, F5 and NEC XON, will continue this successful collaboration by hosting customer events in Nairobi, Kenya, and Port Louis, Mauritius, later in the year.


NEC XON is the combination of XON, a Systems Integrator providing custom ICT and security services and solutions in Southern Africa since 1996 and NEC Africa, the African business of the global technology giant NEC Corporation. NEC Corporation implemented its first communication solution is Africa in 1963 and established NEC Africa in 2011 to grow its business ICT and public safety.

Kapela Holdings, XON's B-BBEE partner since 2012, continues as NEC XON's B-BBEE partner in South Africa with Israel Skosana as chairman of the board of directors of NEC XON.

NEC generates global revenues in excess of $30 billion by orchestrating a brighter world for public entities, enterprises, telecoms carriers, and providing system platforms for businesses.

The combined NEC Africa and XON (NEC XON) operations seek to more fully explore the opportunities for safe city, energy, cyber security, telecommunication solutions, retail, energy, managed services, cyber defence services and cloud (both public and private) among others in Sub-Saharan Africa.

NEC XON maintains its head offices in Gauteng, South Africa with a footprint that covers all nine provinces in South Africa and 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Editorial contacts
Scarlet Letter Michelle Oelschig (083) 636 1766
Simon McCullough (084) 713 4722
XON Mark Harris (011) 237 4500
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