Alec Joannou

Alec Joannou


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29bn USD




  ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries


 2022 priorities: 

  • Ensure that the Business Areas and Divisions ERP Roadmaps minimize ABB risk and maximize value for ABB
  • Enable both the HR and Finance transformation programs with flexible, agile and fit for purpose technologies
  • Build on the people excellence momentum and focus on diversity and inclusion and work life balance
  • Security first, compliance always – huge focus and effort to protect, but also to detect and more importantly react 
  • Support and deliver against all M&A commitments
  • Remove barriers to execution by improving collaboration and embedding the importance of the service and process owner roles


  • October 2018-Today                         ABB Global CIO
  • February 2019- September 2019    Sasol Chief Digital Officer
  • April 2012 – January 2019                Group CIO Sasol
  • March 2010 – March 2012               Head of EMEA IM Services Anglo American
  • August 2005 – February 2010          Head of Commercial Applications Anglo American
  • November 2003 – July 2005             Executive Head of SAP Practice in AMET IBM
  • January 2001 – October 2003          Partner PWC – Head of SAP Practice
  • January 1997 – December 2000      Associate Director PWC
  • January 1993 – December 1996      Senior Manager PW and then PWC
  • October 1991 – December 1993     PP and MM SAP Consultant at EDS


  • 1986-1990 University of Witwatersrand – BSc in Computer Science and Archaeology
  • 1990  VZAP and Computer Society of SA certification on COBOL
  • 2011 – Oxford – University of Saed – CIO Course 


  • Confare Swiss CIO of the year - 2021
  • South African Visionary CIO of the year award - 2017
  • SAP Quality Award for 2016 - Won the top award globally beating out over 150 other projects