Thomas Vollrath joined the Webafrica Board as a non-executive director in July 2015.
Thomas is a German-born hosting and web services guru who lives in England, but has recently caught the South Africa bug.
He drove the meteoric growth of two of Europe’s most successful hosting companies, as CEO of United Internet, and more recently as CEO of Host Europe Group. He left HEG in 2013 when it was sold to a private equity business for £400m. We persuaded him to come to Cape Town to check us out. He liked what he saw, made a substantial investment in us and we’re delighted to have him on our board.
He has come on board to help us get into the right markets with the right products and be the best at what we do, with a particular focus on ensuring SMEs benefit from Webafrica's expanding portfolio of web services. Since he joined, we have already benefited from his introductions to several leading global suppliers in our industry.
He also did his schoolwork, with an MBA from Long Island University in New York and a BA in International Business Management from Franklin University in Switzerland.
Thomas is also an angel investor and strategic advisor to a select number of companies in the digital sector.
Tim joined Webafrica as CEO in 2011.
English by birth and an unfortunate accent, otherwise South African, Tim has lived in Cape Town since 1998.
He came to SA to found and build Storm Telecom with Tim Parsonson, which they sold to Vox Telecom in 2008, with revenues of R250m and almost 200 staff situated across the country.
After a couple of years of dabbling in non-IT related start-ups, Tim realised he wasn't very good at much else so grabbed the opportunity with both hands to invest in and run Webafrica, and he has never looked back.
He's a people person and spends most of his time persuading Webafricans that the key to the company’s success is understanding its customers’ needs and providing them with world-class services.
Nick invested in Webafrica in 2009, personally and through his business Smartcom. As Chairman until 2015, he guided Matt and Ru to concentrate on establishing proper processes and practices which entrepreneurs occasionally overlook.
Nick is a rare breed of accountant / salesman. He spent five years in financial and executive roles in South Africa's telecommunications sector after completing his auditing articles with Price Waterhouse in 1994. In 2000 he founded Smartcom, a cellular service provider that formed a subsidiary of Vodacom, where he is still CEO.
Tim has been a non-exec director of Webafrica since 2008.
Together with Matt, they hatched the very successful Teraco data centre plan, which Tim went on to run until 2014.
Prior to Teraco, Tim co-founded and ran Storm Telecom with the other Tim from 1998 to 2008.
In his youth, he studied maths at Cambridge University before becoming a management consultant with Coba MID. From there he founded the European business of LDI, an American telecoms business, in 1996, before joining Tim W-G in 1998 to set up Storm Telecom in South Africa.
Like many old people, he has recently returned to his roots to live in Cambridge, where he rubs shoulders with clever people while acting as an angel investor for several tech start-ups.