Chief Executive Officer
Simon is CEO for Hardware.com Group [offices in UK, USA, SA & Nordics]
He joined Hardware.com in January 2004 and has been part of the Senior Management team since 2006.
Simon is focused on the development of the Hardware.com Group global strategy, and key vendor relationships with Juniper Networks, HP, Dell, and F5.
Simon remains a key point of contact for many of our key global customers.
Prior to joining Hardware.com, Simon held a global board position with Type 20 SRL, a sister company to Luxottica, and was responsible for driving marketing and business development strategy across EMEA & USA.
Prior to the move into the IT Sector, Simon also served in Executive positions for a number of successful start-up ventures and as a consultant to various entrepreneurial projects within the Music & Action Sports Industry
Simon holds a BA/BSC in Combined Studies: European Business Systems from the London Guildhall University, London.
Group Managing Director
Charlie Bellord is Managing Director for Hardware.com and is responsible both for operations and building strategy, structure, and growth.
Charlie has been with Hardware.com in sales from inception in 2004. Moving up through the management team, he has been instrumental in several initiatives, contributing to the continued expansion and success of the company.
Prior to joining Hardware.com Charlie spent several years in the city derivatives markets trading futures and options at the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) and other global exchanges.
Charlie holds a BA from King’s College London.
Andy Faris is President of Hardware.com in the USA and is responsible for operations throughout the western hemisphere. He joined the Hardware.com group of companies in 2003 and has more than 20 years of networking and management experience.
Under his leadership, the American branch of Hardware.com continues to post record revenues and expand its operations. The US office recently increased its warehouse and technical facilities by 30% to accommodate the company’s growth.
Prior to joining Hardware.com, Andy launched the US division of MessageLabs (later acquired by Symantec) in 2001. He has also served in leadership and executive positions at several high-tech start-up companies in the industry. Andy graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Managing Director, South Africa
Gail Holt is Managing Director of Hardware.com in South Africa. She joined Hardware.com (formally Zycko South Africa) in 2003 and has successfully grown the business during this time.
Gail has over 20 years of experience in IT sales and product management, with a wide knowledge of networking and VoIP solutions.
Prior to joining, Gail worked at Westcon for 12 years, and was responsible for the sales and management of the 3COM, IMC and Nortel businesses. She left Westcon in 2002 to start Glue Networks which was later acquired by Zycko in 2003.
Head of Engineering
Paul Bonner joined Hardware.com in 2009 but has a long history with the management team of Group having worked at both RBR Networks and Zycko in various high level technical roles. Paul has over 15 years of experience in the networking and storage industries and has worked on many large installations for well-known organisations.
Paul heads up the Technical Services team, who are responsible for working with customers and producing designs based on business requirements in various disciplines including Networking, Servers and Storage.
Paul holds a number of industry accreditations from Juniper, Cisco, Brocade and HP as well as an Honours degree in Computing from the University of Glamorgan.
Senior Vice President, Americas
Jesse Johnson has been with Hardware.com since 2005. Over the last several years, he’s served in various roles within sales and sales management—most recently as Senior Vice President in the US.
Jesse brings experience and enthusiasm to support customers across all facets of the business, from sales to logistics and operations. His excellent communication skills and strong work ethic help Jesse’s customers maximize business profit and business performance, while reducing overhead.
Jesse holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Director of Repair Services, Americas
Keith Johnson is Director of Repair Services for Hardware.com in the US. His primary role is circuit design and repair of which he has over 15 years of experience in the field and technical service.
Prior to joining Hardware.com, Keith owned and operated Computer Technical Services, Inc. (CTSI), a service and sales company in the industry, which he later sold.
After discharging from the Navy, Keith earned two degrees in computer science and electronics. He also holds professional certifications from both IBM and HP.