Anton Herbst, managing director of Advanced Channel Technologies (A.C.T.) since March 2001, will be leaving A.C.T. with effect from 1 February 2011.
As a consequence of his resignation Anton will relinquish his position as a director on the MB Technologies main board effective1 February 2011.
Anton has made an outstanding contribution to the MB Technologies Group over the last decade and will be leaving to pursue personal interests.
In December 2000 Anton and his fellow directors presented a compelling business plan to the MB Technologies board to expand its offerings into the IT consumables market. From humble beginnings, but with an ambitious business plan, significant strides have been made in developing a formidable IT consumables business.
In his gentle and authentic way, Anton together with MB Technologies and his fellow directors and management team, have developed A.C.T. into a comprehensive business with deep management and significant relationships with vendors, customers, banking partners and staff. He has shaken the consumables market in his gentle manner and has created a winning team with a significant focus on its service offering.
“When we started A.C.T. we felt the need to build a business that would last forever. In striving to achieve that we have created a business that is sustainable, whilst being agile. We have also developed mutual respect between A.C.T. and its vendors and suppliers, and most importantly, staff that can see and chase after our big hairy audacious goal. My time with A.C.T. has been beyond my expectations and I will sorely miss the camaraderie of the team, the joy of creating strategies and then the involvement of all in their execution. I am looking forward to the change of pace though and am going to spend a good deal of time focusing on philanthropy, which will come as no surprise to those that know me,” says Anton Herbst.
Gary Pickford, who has held the position of sales director for the last decade and who has an intimate knowledge of the IT consumables market, has been appointed as managing director of A.C.T. with effect from 15 January 2011.
“Gary has made a significant contribution to A.C.T. over many years and has been well groomed under the leadership of Anton to lead A.C.T. into the future and grow the business further. In conjunction with Anton they will ensure a smooth transition,” says Glenn Fullerton, CEO of MB Technologies.
He adds: “Shirlinia Jacobs, who currently holds the position of enterprise sales executive and who has been with A.C.T. since inception, will assume the role of sales director effective 15 January 2011. Utilising significant experience in the sales arena that she gained under both Anton and Gary’s mentorship, I am confident Shirlinia is well qualified to spearhead A.C.T.’s sales team”. Helene Liebenberg, who has vast experience in managing A.C.T.’s logistics over the last ten years, will continue in her current role. No further appointments will be made to the A.C.T. board.
“The MB Technologies Board would like to thank Anton for his invaluable contribution to both A.C.T. and the MB Technologies Group and wish him everything of the best with his new endeavours,” concludes Fullerton.
Anton will continue to be associated with the group and will offer strategic consulting services to the MB Technologies Group.