Tarsus appoints Anton Herbst as CEO

Tarsus Technology Group (TTG) has announced the appointment of Anton Herbst as its new CEO.

With effect from 1 March 2021, Herbst will be replacing Miles Crisp, who resigned earlier in February to pursue new interests.

Herbst will continue to hold the position of Tarsus On Demand CEO, in addition to his new role.

Tarsus said that Herbst had more than two decades of leadership experience in the ICT distribution industry, starting his career at TTG 20 years ago when it was known as MB Technologies.

“Between 2001 and 2011, Herbst was the managing director of Advanced Channel Technologies (A.C.T.), a company within TTG that focused on the distribution of printer consumables and accessories,” Tarsus said.

“Under Herbst’s leadership, A.C.T. grew from a start-up into a billion Rand enterprise by the time he left to start his own consulting business,” it added.

He rejoined TTG in July 2013 as CEO of Tarsus Distribution and served as a member of the main board.

In 2014, he assumed responsibility for group strategy and innovation in 2014 and was appointed CEO of Tarsus On Demand in 2016.

TTG board chairman Lawrence Barnett commended Herbst’s passion for people working at Tarsus.

“He has been a key driver of the winning culture and strategy within Tarsus, and knows the distribution business inside out,” Barnett said.

“His wealth of channel experience, strategic acumen and intimacy with our business means he is an ideal person to lead the group in the next stage of its development,” he added.

Acquisition by Alviva

TTG is set to be acquired by Alviva Holdings in a deal announced in 2020, subject to the approval of the Competition Commission,

Tarsus said that diligence has been completed and other suspensive conditions relating to the transaction have been agreed to by Investec Bank Limited, the majority shareholder in TTG, and Alviva.

Alviva Holdings owns a number of major technology companies in South Africa – including Axiz, Centrafin, Datacentrix, and Pinnacle.

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