CIO Africa, a media house that publishes online and print magazines, has partner with The Rebel Element to form dx⁵.
CIO Africa is well-known in Kenya for its November fair, which honors the best CIOs in the technology industry.
According to a statement from the new company;
The merger was fueled by the pandemic’s more than two-year period of technological advancement. At the same time, the world has seen an increase in the number of tech communities.
The merger brings together Kelly Bentley is now CEO of dx5, Gill Bowmaker, Co-Founder & COO of The Rebel Element, is now COO of dx5, Harry Hare, Chairman & Publisher of CIO Africa, is now Chairman & Content Director of dx5, and Andrew Karanja, Co-Founder and Director of CIO Africa, is now Chief Learning & People Officer of dx5.
“Our greatest assets are our people, and as a merged entity, we are now able to offer our stakeholder community enhanced experience and skill.” With a common goal of connecting African change makers through technology and igniting business growth.
We will be able to play a larger role in accelerating connections and, ultimately, digital transformation across the continent and beyond by joining forces,” said Kelly Bentley, Co-Founder & CEO of The Rebel Element.
“We are moving forward under a new company name and brand that has been designed around digital transformation (dx) to the power of five pillars – these five pillars being our teams, customers, partners, community, and shareholders,” Bentley said.
“Over the next few weeks, we will continue to communicate what dx5 means for our stakeholders, outlining the increased value going forward, including deeper and more strategic offerings for our clients, our expanded geographic reach, and, of course, the combined team we now have taking care of our clients, partners, and community,” she says.
The directors have a personal history as long-term collaborators on previous projects.
The union will now have dual bases in South Africa and Kenya, as well as teams in the UK, SADC, North Africa, and West Africa.