About Ian Russell
Ian Russell is the founder and CEO of the Disrupting Consultancy firm, focusing on advising and leading organisations through our ever-changing landscape.
Blending over 25 years' worth of global business experience with a deep understanding of technology evolutions and their impact on business and people, Ian is the catalyst your organisation needs to get ready for the future.
Previously, Ian was CEO of BCX, South Africa's largest technology company, with a turnover of $2bn, and an employee base of 10,000. Russell's tenure saw a focused re-engineering of the company, simplifying the core of the business, creating new technology capabilities, and a massive shift of the brand towards innovation and disruption.
Prior to this, Russell was at Telkom, part of the ExCo and at the heart of the turnaround. He was accountable for every aspect of cost across the Telkom business. Procurement, supply chain, property and people costs were all tackled systemically and with great effect. The resurgence of the Telkom business was predicated on the transformation of the cost base during this time.
Before Telkom, Ian Russell was at SABMiller and led the migration of the procurement activity from being an in-country South African operation, to a global one based in Switzerland.
Ian Russell's Experience
Ian spent eight years at Barclays, working across operations, procurement and technology. These included roles running the Barclays African back-office, creating and leading the world's first 'smartsourcing' approach to cost re-engineering, and ending up as Barclays' Global CIO, a role which led him to Absa.
Ian is a leader, influencer, writer, thinker, entrepreneur and disruptor. He has helped to fund and set up the largest coding academy on the African continent. 'we think code_'. He is a strong driver of diversity in the workplace. His extensive not for profit board experience includes #iamthecode, the Telkom Foundation, Christel House and CiTi Organisation. Ian has an absolute focus on using the opportunity that education brings to empower people to grow and grow strongly and proudly.
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