Derek joined Discovery on 1 February 2018 and is currently the Group Chief Information Officer.
He started his career in 1994 as the Founder Managing Director of Information Security company Trusted Network Solutions. After the merger of Trusted Network Solutions into Internet Solutions, South Africa’s first commercial Internet Service Provider, in 1995, Derek served in a variety of Executive roles at Internet Solutions, including that of Managing Director from 1998-2001.
Subsequent to the acquisition of Internet Solutions by global systems integrator Dimension Data, Derek joined Dimension Data Middle East and Africa as Executive for Strategy in 2001. In 2005 he became the Services Executive. In 2009 Derek returned to Internet Solutions as Managing Director. In 2010 Derek was involved in the team which led the acquisition of Dimension Data by NTT of Japan.
In 2012 Derek became Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. In this role he was responsible for all Dimension Data brands and businesses across 12 countries in Africa and the Middle East and 8,500 employees. In 2015 Derek became the Group Chief Information Officer of Dimension Data Plc and a member of the NTT Group CIO Committee. He also served on the Dimension Group Strategy Committee tasked with globalizing the Dimension Data services and product development operations. He was responsible for the global supply chain and logistics systems, the global service operations systems and for moving Dimension data to a single SAP global template across 53 countries.
During his tenure at Dimension Data, Derek was a director of various subsidiaries and associates, including 3Fifteen, FibreCo, Plessey and Access Kenya.
Derek currently serves on the board of venture funded technology firm Snapt and on the Risk Committee of the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Program. Derek holds Bachelor of Economic Science and Bachelor of Science Honours degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and has completed Postgraduate courses in Corporate Finance at the University of London and the Executive Program in Strategy and Organisation at Stanford.