Mr Ziaad Suleman
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: IBM SA
Ziaad Suleman is a Director and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for IBM South Africa. He joined IBM 10 years ago and has been integral to the growth and development of the IBM Business in the region.
In his role as COO, Ziaad is responsible together with the Country General Manager for overall Business Operations. Amongst other focus areas, Ziaad is responsible for Strategy; Transformation; Operations; Special Projects and Investments (including
Ecosystem Development, the establishment of a Local Delivery Centre & Digital Lab, and aligning IBM’s Business with IBM’s investments).
Ziaad serves on the IBM South Africa Board of Directors, EXCO as well as important governing councils such as being the Chairperson of the Social & Ethics Committee and Disciplinary Board. Prior to his role as COO, Ziaad was the Head Lawyer for IBM in Sub Saharan Africa – a territory which is challenging, both in geography and complexity.
Over and above IBM, Ziaad serves as the secretariat member of the BRICS Digital Economy Working Group, Member of the ICT Business to Parliament, Non – executive chairperson of Qode and is a non – executive director of Charities Aid Foundation
Ziaad schooled at St. Johns College, Johannesburg and earned both his undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Law with distinction from University of Natal. He also obtained an MDP Business Management degree with distinction from GIBS Business School.