Cape Town, South Africa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kocho, the UK-based cybersecurity, identity, cloud transformation and managed services provider, announced today that it has established its operations in Cape Town, South Africa. The new office will create frontline and DevOps roles to support Kocho’s growing portfolio of international customers.
Ricardo Canovi, who joins the company as Country Manager (GM), leads Kocho’s operations in South Africa. Canovi brings 25 years of experience to the role, including two years at Altron Managed Solutions, where he was Senior Director of Service Operations, and 20 years working in IT roles at Standard Bank Group. He will oversee initial recruitment and build a team of technology specialists who will provide ongoing cyber, cloud and DevOps support to meet the growing demand for Kocho’s services.
“Opening an office in Cape Town will further strengthen our ability to provide the best possible support service to our customers, which is an important part of Kocho’s growth strategy. South Africa is brimming with IT talent, so it’s the perfect location for our first African office,” said Des Lekerman, CEO of Kocho. “Ricardo’s background in IT, combined with his work in the financial industry, makes him the ideal person to set up and manage our operation in South Africa.”
Kocho is a fast-growing company that helps enterprises and midsize businesses embrace complex digital technologies while protecting against cyber threats. The Cape Town office responds to the growing demand for cybersecurity solutions and cloud managed services across many different industries, and particularly in finance, healthcare, manufacturing and professional services. The newly created DevOps roles tie directly into Kocho’s growing investment in cloud transformation and managed services capabilities.
“We are excited to see Kocho’s plans for growth in South Africa as its new office will create key jobs and support local economic stimulation,” said Reshni Singh, CEO of Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA) – the international trade body and industry association for Global Business Services (GBS) in South Africa. “In particular, we look forward to seeing Kocho deliver its diverse portfolio of services, including advanced managed digital services rooted in security.”
Kocho’s workforce at its three UK offices – in London, Cardiff and Surrey – as well as its Manila operations, is 260, and its current annual turnover is £40.6 million. Kocho expects this figure to double over the next five years through acquisitions and organic growth.
Kocho combines the power of Microsoft’s cloud technology with world-class expertise in identity and cybersecurity, as well as managed services to steer UK organizations on the path to secure cloud transformation.
Founded in 2001 and formerly known as TiG Data Intelligence and ThirdSpace, the company was rebranded as Kocho in 2022, following the acquisition of security and identity specialist, ThirdSpace in March 2021. Based in London, it also has operations in Cardiff, Surrey, Manila and Cape Town. In September 2022, Kocho acquired Mobliciti, a specialist in enterprise mobility and Wi-Fi solutions. Customers range from medium to large enterprises, operating in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and professional services. Brands that trust Kocho include Bupa, AVIVA, William Blair and Liontrust Asset Management.