ABOUT US

Where it all began

Borne from intellectual capital in 2006, DNI began as a procurement business offering cost reduction and supply chain optimisation solutions to large corporations.

As a result of our confidence in our abilities as well as the need of our customers to realise tangible value, we adopted a risk sharing model . Our business goal was to enter into joint ventures where we shared both the risk and reward of our performance.

In 2010 DNI set off to specialise in distribution and retail for the telecommunications industry. DNI’s investment strategy revolves around owning the route to market and customer acquisition at the retail point of purchase.

Currently DNI’s competitive advantage rests in our national reach and retail footprint throughout South Africa as well as  building close connections with very big partners i.e. Cell C, Telkom, Huawei, Edcon and more.

Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.” – Edith Widder

Looking For a New Career

Your next career move should be a step towards meeting your goals and realising your potential: you need to be certain it’s in the right direction. 

DNI creates products and services that pushes boundaries and innovates business. We’re looking for curious, hard-working individuals to join our team. Have an idea? Pitch it—entrepreneurial minds thrive at DNI.

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Meet The Executive Team

Andrew Dunn (CEO)

Andrew Dunn, has over 25 years experience in all areas of business development and Private Equity, from establishing and scaling companies to structuring and managing business investments.

Andrew holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from UCT , and his career has featured highlights such as founding Miltrans, a Logistics and Supply Chain business which was later sold to Super Group, the successful MBO of Premier Foods which was sold to Brait, the Manline Group which was merged into Barloworld Logisitcs and several other Private Equity interests spanning Property, Aviation (National Airways Corporation), Dealerships (Melrose Motor Investments) and Security (SSG Holdings), and was the CEO of the Richmark Group from 2012-2018.

Andrew cofounded DNI in 2006 where he currently serves as the CEO

Dave Smaldon (COO)

With a Bachelor of Commerce Degree Dave began his career at Super Group as an accountant. Climbing the ranks at Super Group and holding a variety of high-level positions, Dave  left the Group as Divisional Commercial Manager of the Supply Chain Division and joined Andrew to start the DNI Group in 2007.
 
Dave managed Blue Label Telecoms Procurement division on behalf of the DNI Group. Since then Dave has held many high-level positions within the DNI Group, most notably that of Group CFO and COO for DNI Retail and ITC Companies. DNI Retail is Cell C’s largest distributor of starter packs and has won Best Dealer of the Year for 3 years in a row. Dave now currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Group.
 

Dave has been dubbed by the staff as “Hulk” and shows the same kind of traits as the superhero character. He is loyal, passionate, reliable with a high level of integrity that shows in his daily life. He shows the same kind of qualities to his wife and 3 beautiful daughters, whom he absolutely adores. If this wasn’t enough, Dave is also an avid mountain biker and fitness freak. With this kind of dedication to his family, career and health, we sometimes wonder when he finds time to sleep

niven Shaw (CFO)

Niven finished his accounting articles with Deloittes in 2011 and was assigned  to the Deloitte Tampa Bay (Florida) Office in the USA.

A year later Niven, was appointed as a Financial Manager to the Accounting and Financial Advisory Group at Deloitte Johannesburg. Achieving rapid success he was promoted to a Senior Manager where he formed part of the leadership team of the division in January 2016 – June 2017.

After being exposed to a wide range of industries including financial services, construction, tourism, logistics, telecommunications and technology and media industries, Niven joined DNI in 2017 and now serves as the DNI’s Group CFO.