Managing Director of First Distribution, Debbie Abrahall has spent her career with the First Technology Group and has worked her way up through the company to her current position. Debbie joined Joffe and Associates in the Gauteng office at the age of 20, after which Joffe and Associates subsequently became Microdata, which was then bought by Epsidon Technology, and later renamed First Technology Holdings. Apart from a six month break in service with Panasonic Systems, Debbie has been with the company for 21 years and in her current role for the past 15 years.
Under her leadership, First Distribution has grown to be one of the leading value added distributors in South Africa with a first rate staff complement and senior management team, who have worked for Debbie cumulatively in excess of 50 years.
Tony Abrahall joined First Distribution in April 2008. After an aggressive acquisition drive to bring new vendors into First Distribution’s portfolio, the business was restructured to become more solutions-focused and Tony was appointed General Manager for Integrated Technology Solutions, responsible for Business Development and Sales.
Tony has a long career in the IT industry, and has made his mark in companies ranging from Lotus to IBM, where he achieved phenomenal success in leading and closing multi-million rand deals, penetrating new retail accounts and developing a strategic partner network for IBM’s Retail and Software businesses. Tony was on several occasions the recipient of the prestigious IBM EMEA Leadership Award, as well as the IBM EMEA General Manager’s Award for Excellence, Top Salesman Award and was selected to attend IBM’s Top Achiever Club on numerous occasions.
Director: Cloud & Hosting Solutions
As First Distribution’s General Manager for Cloud and Hosting, Kevin Derman currently heads up the First for Cloud brokerage, as well as overseeing all things cloud at First Distribution.
Kevin is a well-known and highly respected player in the local cloud industry, having previously headed up the partner business for Microsoft South Africa as well as IBM Sub-Saharan Africa.
He also co-founded Infointeg (now IntelliCred), an internet start-up, and is a motivational and business speaker.
General Manager - Gauteng
Tamzin is First Distribution's regional manager for Gauteng, and was previously the Business Partner Organisation Executive (now GBP) for IBM, responsible for the strategic management of the overall Channel. Prior to that, she held various Channel related positions at IBM. Tamzin was also the Channel lead responsible for the IBM personal computing division divestiture in 2005, and brings a wealth of industry knowledge, management experience and exceptionally strong executive relationships to First Distribution.
In August 2013, Tamzin was announced the winner of the Rising Stars Award for the ICT Sector by the Human Capital Institute of South Africa, and has been a contributing member of various Women’s Advisory and Women's Leadership Boards. She remains actively involved with business mentorship and coaching programmes. She has an MBA from Henley Business School in England and an Industry Insights Certification from London Business School.
General Manager - Africa
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Brett’s passion for the African continent has remained constant. After entering IT as a computer technician in 1992, Brett moved quickly into sales and business management from where he found his passion for building distribution businesses and sales channels throughout Africa.
Over the past 24 years Brett has worked with international vendors and multinational organisations, shaping and developing sustainable sales organisations and partner channels in Africa.
Prior to joining the First Distribution team, Brett spent seven years at WestconGroup as General Manager for Africa.