Shred-it, a leading information destruction company, has appointed Tony Fitzpatrick as South Africa Country Manager, to lead the company’s expansion across the country. Shred-it provides secure document destruction services, including shredding, and consultation on data protection issues to organisations in the private and public sectors throughout South Africa.
Shred-it has recently launched a dedicated branch of its business in Port Elizabeth, which has previously been serviced from Cape Town. This latest extension of the business is an indication of the growing understanding of the importance of information security by businesses in the Port Elizabeth area.
In addition to the Port Elizabeth branch, Fitzpatrick will lead a team of 62 across locations in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Shred-it services are also available in other regions including Pretoria, Mthatha, Upington and Nelspruit. Fitzpatrick will play a pivotal role in driving the strategic mandate to assist companies in improving their information security, protecting their reputation and achieving compliance within the stipulated government legislation of the forthcoming Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act.
Tony Fitzpatrick, Country Manager, Shred-it South Africa, said, “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to lead Shred-it South Africa and to launch a dedicated service in Port Elizabeth. Data breaches are a very real risk– and there is still a large gap in information security knowledge among South African organisations. Shred-it’s inaugural 2016 Information Security State of Industry Report South Africa showed that in our country there is still much to do if businesses are to comply with the new regulations.
Fitzpatrick added, “More education and training is crucial to help organisations in South Africa to ensure that they are compliant – but also to protect the confidential information of their businesses, their clients and their employees. It’s an honour to be part of an organisation that is at the forefront of secure information destruction solutions and I look forward to working with businesses across the country to help them improve their data security.”
Robert Guice, Senior Vice President EMEAA, Shred-it, said, “We are delighted to welcome Tony to the Shred-it management team. The leadership qualities he brings with him, on top of the wealth of experience he possesses, makes him a perfect fit to head up our South Africa team”.
Fitzpatrick joined Shred-it South Africa in February 2016 as the Western and Eastern Cape Branch Manager, before being promoted to Country Manager in July this year. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in customer service, people and change management from his previous roles including Client Management Service Head and Divisional Manager at 3D Marketing, Co-op Supervisor at Yardley of London (now AVI Cosmetics) and Personnel Recruitment Specialist at Old Mutual. Fitzpatrick received his Bachelor of Social Science (BSoc Sci) in Industrial Psychology from the University of Cape Town in 1986.