DATE:  29 JUNE 2009

Sussman acknowledged as Absa’s Entrepreneur of the Year

By MicroZone PR
6/26/2009 6:17:23 AM

Robert Sussman, joint CEO at the Integr8 Group, has again captured the attention of the domestic and international business community having won the Absa Johnny Walker Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards 2009.
Sussman, who forms part of the executive leadership of the Integr8 Group, the largest privately owned BEE ICT managed services company on the continent, was presented with the Award by Gill Marcus, Chairperson of Absa Bank, and Solly Kramer representing Johnny Walker.

This years Absa nominees at the Awards included David Susman, CEO of Woolworths, Steve Bluen of SABMiller, Dr Craig Nossel of Vitality Discovery, to name but a few.

Previous Absa Award winners include Arthur Gillis of Protea Hotels, Alan Greenstein of Sasfin, Sean Melnick of Peregrine Holdings, William Kirsch of Primedia

Leading the executive management of the company, Sussman continues to draw industry-wide recognition for his success in managing and sustaining South Africa’s leading ICT enterprise.

In just over eight years he has driven the company organically to employing almost 500 of the most skilled ICT professionals the industry has to offer.

Among his achievements is recognition as the ICT African Achievers Top Private CIO of the year for two consecutive years, the company’s recognition as the ICT African Achievers Most Innovative ICT Company, and within the ICT Workplace Provider of the Year category.

Integr8 Group also secured the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Award and Customer Experience Award at the Microsoft Awards.

The company has also been listed among the top ten Africa-based businesses identified for the prestigious Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity Award.

The 2009 win is a significant achievement says the thirty-five year old entrepreneur and ICT leader.

“I am very pleased to have received this recognition from my peers within the greater Jewish business community. It is significant, both from a personal, company and professional point of view. In terms of identification and association with the company, it certainly boosts our credibility and is a testament to the success of our business model, longevity and sustainability thereof, and our ability to adapt to transformation and the variable dynamics of the market,” says Sussman.

“Personally, it is an honour and I take immense pride in having been nominated and winning. I do believe – and sincerely hope that it serves as a motivation and inspiration to emerging entrepreneurs in South Africa and on the continent. With hard work, passion, commitment and focus, there is very little that can stand in the way of business success and personal achievement,” he adds.