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Itec SA appoints marketing head

Esti Kilian, newly appointed GM of marketing (strategy and implementation) at Itec SA.
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Esti Kilian, newly appointed GM of marketing (strategy and implementation) at Itec SA.

Itec SA has appointed Esti Kilian as head of business development and marketing.

According to the company, Kilian is an expert marketing executive, leader and strategist, with particular skill in business-to-business, channel and business-to-consumer marketing.

"She has additional skills in strategic direction, operational management, creative direction, market share growth, communications, training and employee development," says the firm.

Itec SA provides customised technology solutions that enable clients to simplify operations.

"I have a passion for helping companies tell their story to build a powerful professional brand," says Kilian. "I excel at helping brands to develop their own unique identity and then communicate that effectively to diverse customer groups."

Kilian's key responsibilities in her new position will include brand development, upholding and ensuring full compliance of the company's corporate identity, product selection of sustainable product sets, implementing go to market strategies and creating synergy between product lines.

Kilian was previously general manager of marketing operations at Ricoh SA from 2012. Ricoh is an imaging and electronics company with headquarters in Tokyo. During her stay there, Kilian helped establish the Ricoh Women in IT organisation. She was also the youngest female executive committee member for the company.

"I love seeing people succeed, women in particular. I had great mentors throughout my career, and I firmly believe that with proper guidance, coupled with hard work, always being willing to do something that you are a little "not really ready" to do, helps you grow. Investing time in female talent in our male-dominated industry, goes miles towards creating a sustainable success culture in your business, with growth opportunity and goals for younger staff to work towards. I strive to be an example of what a combination of the right company approach, excellent mentors and hard work can achieve. It really does take a village," she said.

Less than two years ago, Itec became a 100% South African-owned company following the purchase of all the issued shares in the Itec group by a consortium comprising the Itec management team, Investec Bank and Khulasande Capital, a black-owned and controlled private equity and investment vehicle.

Previously, 90% of Itec was owned by founder Jacques Duyver, who is based in the UK.

Kgaogelo Letsebe
Portals journalist

Kgaogelo Letsebe (nee Mamabolo) is a journalist originally from Pretoria, Gauteng. She holds a BTech in Journalism from Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria campus). With almost 10 years in the media and printing industry, KG as she is known, has honed her writing skills in various media sectors such as business, IT, built environment engineering, and food and beverage technology industry. As an assistant editor, her work has been used in The Butcher magazine, Food Processing Africa digital magazine and Food and Beverage magazine. When she's not frantically chasing deadlines, KG spends time with her husband and daughter, meditates to SA jazz tunes or indulges in African history books.

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