The Fontanella Management Team
Juan Grobler – CEO
Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Law, Business Administration and Marketing at Natal University, Juan embarked on his working career in London as a junior financial analyst for Credit Suisse Financial Products. He returned to SA in 1997 as an Application Consultant for Tetra CS/3 specialising on the IBM AIX RISC platform, then moved to IBM software group and developed the KZN region focusing on the retail sector. His next move was to Affinity Logic as their Contracts and Client Service Executive overseeing the legal aspects of the business and managing IT for a number of the Wooltru companies. He joined CS Holdings in 2002 as their retail executive where he developed the retail business for CS Holdings before leaving to join Accenture as a contractor on their Namibian Breweries SAP project.
Over the years Juan has successfully managed ICT projects globally, through IBM as well as locally. Although his main initial focus had been on ICT, over the last 2 years Juan has managed projects in the iron ore sector and has assisted a start-up iron ore mine with their business processes and funding requirements.
Utilising his vast experience in various businesses, Juan then established Fontanella Consulting in 2002.
Piero Grobler – Director
Piero commenced his working career with CNA as a publisher in 1969. He joined IBM (S.A.) in 1970 holding various Management and Executive positions up to 1997, during which time he completed his Marketing Management diploma at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town (1995). Through IBM, he gained valuable experience in IT systems and solutions, and achieved the IBM 100% sales recognition 11 times. In 1987 Piero started the JDE* Business unit in Durban as the Project Manager for the installation of the JDE implementation at Khumani, one of the companies in the greater ARM group. Over the next 10 years he grew the division into the most successful JD Edwards division in IBM. In 1997 Piero joined Sun Microsystems where he was the Regional Manager for the East Coast Division. In 2001 Piero joined CS Holdings as the Business Unit Manager for JD Edwards and successfully grew the Business Unit from one account in 2001 to 25 by the end of 2003. In 2004 he established Fontanella Consulting in conjunction with Juan Grobler, and the business has advanced from strength to strength.
After running his own software company, Hill Cunnington and Associates for 20 years and having brought the company to a leadership position in mid-range financial systems, Tony eventually negotiated the sale of the company to Ixchange in May 1998. On joining Ixchange, he then ran the SA Ability division for 2 years, selling and supporting his own supply chain software. He played an instrumental role in the international expansion plan which involved the acquisition of Masterpack, a company in a similar space with offices in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand and was made President of this global company. He was then made CEO in order to carry out some of the rationalization that was required in the group as well as Director of the main Ixchange board.
Tony then invested in an internet start up business for most of 2003 where he was involved in product strategy and marketing. In October 2003, he became involved in a management consultancy business called Blue Pencil, which specializes in helping IT business with strategy, marketing and channel development. In April 2007, Tony was involved with SCM Technologies, a company that specialised in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) installations and qualified through the COMPTIA RFID+ examination.
In 2009, Tony was part of an in store digital advertising company, Whitelight Advertising, where he helped develop solutions for promoting in-store customer product awareness. Bringing a wealth of experience in IT Management and an extensive set of technical skills, he then joined Fontanella Consulting in June 2011 and has played a major role in business modeling in the mining sector.