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Life At Ignition

Our History

Ignition was founded in 2002, by brothers Sean and Donovan Bergsma. Ignition Group, now one of Africa’s largest investors in technology, media, telecommunications and financial services sectors, provides a platform for sustainability and success.

 

With a staff complement of over 3 500 People based primarily in the South African region, we have a team of experts in the fields of data science, technology, digital marketing, e-commerce and sales. Ignition has also built a sound infrastructure to support a number of business verticals within the group, allowing the business verticals to swiftly develop, innovate, adapt and support our partners and strategies.

Leadership

Our experienced leaders, from across the globe, drive the success of Ignition Group, and innovate in the space of Technology, Data and Customer Acquisition.

Profiles

Sean Bergsma

Group Chief Executive Officer

Ignition Group’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sean Bergsma, is a born entrepreneur. From an early age, Sean knew he wanted to run his own business, and effect change. He has a passion for strategy and creating innovative businesses that are sustainable and scalable, which he brings to Ignition Group and the brands it partners with. Sean is a key driver in the success of the Group, from its inception to its constant innovation — his motivation is rooted in changing tomorrow, with the technology and data available today.

Donovan Bergsma

Group Chief Operations Officer

Ignition Group’s Founder and Chief Operations Office, Donovan Bergsma, is a charismatic and highly focused individual with a strong entrepreneurial flair. Don is output orientated, with an eye on the prize. His diverse and in-depth understanding of technology and its ever-changing environment means he doesn't just work in this field, he lives it.

Mark Parker

Group Chief Financial Officer

Ignition Group’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark Parker, is responsible for making sure things go according to plan. He is an astute, committed individual responsible for Group Finance, Human Resources, Legal and Compliance. Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2000, and after spending eight years as the Financial Director of an outsourced Contact Centre Group, he joined the Ignition Group in November 2014 to provide structure and discipline to our innovative environment.

Mark Mitchell

Managing Executive: Ignition Distribution

Ignition Group’s Executive Head of Distribution, Mark Mitchell, sees the big picture.
With oversight of all verticals, including Telecommunications, Broadband, Home Services and Financial Services within the Ignition Distribution business — Mark puts all the parts together by ensuring our end-to-end service offering, from sourcing high-intent customers, right down to delivery, is realised.

Russell Stather

Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Ignition Group’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Russell Stather, future-proofs our business. Russell innovates and delivers transformational IT platforms that support the growth demands of the business and our partners. Joining Ignition Group from the UK, where he was the IT Director of a London-based foreign exchange company. Russell offers executive experience from a variety of Fortune 500 and start-up organisations, presenting his innovations at industry-shaping events like Microsoft’s Global Future Decoded.

Tim Lombard

Chief Marketing Officer

Ignition Group’s Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Lombard, makes magic for our business and partners, by blending data and creativity. Tim has seasoned experience in traditional marketing, heading up the global expansion of international brands — and builds on his background, by applying digital transformation to everything he touches. Tim has overall accountability for multi-channel marketing strategy across all Ignition Group assets and divisions, bringing the right people together, at the right time to effect change and deliver on organisational goals.

Life at Ignition

So what’s it really like working at Ignition? Find out more by meeting some of our people!

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Yes Afternoon

We Live The best Life

There is nothing stopping you from reaching your unlimited earning potential. Here at Ignition, we work hard to earn hard. Enjoy being part of the buzz in this fast-paced and rewarding environment.  

The YES Rewards programme aims at recognising and rewarding Ignitioners who go the extra mile. The YES way of life means acknowledging not just your work , but also your attitude. 
Weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly – we run awesome incentive programmes to reward and encourage our Ignitioners to continually perform at their best. There is no limit to what you can achieve. 

We have our own onsite canteen, run by Eat Fresh — providing hot meals, beverages and snacks — not matter what shift you’re working.
To make things even better, we have a coffee shop, an Afro’s Chicken shop, as well as free coffee and tea on site.
Because we like making Ignitioner’s lives as easy as possible — we also have delicious, discounted frozen My Chef meals available to take home.
Whether it’s a treat, a boost or convenience — Ignitioners have it all.

At Ignition, we offer a free Concierge benefit, allowing you to focus on what’s important in your free time.


Some of the things we help Ignitioners with are:

  • Renewal of car licences 
  • Collections & deliveries 
  • Gifting 
  • Holiday and event planning 
  • Onsite car wash 
  • Discounted rates 

Just for being awesome Ignitioners, our people get access to an aweSIM benefit.

Ignition Group has partnered with me&you to give Ignitioners a free SIM card with free minutes, data and WhatsApp for 100% attendance.

Ignition  has partnered with Spot to provide Ignitioners with an all-in-one rewards and remuneration platform. Spot is a mobile money app with the functionalities of a money account, but better.

It’s not just an app, or just a money app - Spot combines the best of both worlds to give you the best in digital banking.

Don’t have a bank account? No problem! Sign up on site with SPOT and we will help you do the rest!

At Ignition, we give you access to a portfolio of discounts and products to use, to make your life easier!

We have partnered with a number of retailers, restaurants, entertainment and services that as an Ignitioner you have access to!  

There is nothing stopping you from reaching your unlimited earning potential. Here at Ignition we work hard to earn hard. Enjoy being part of the buzz in this fa-paced and rewarding environment.

The YES rewards Programme aims at recognising and rewarding that who go the extra mile. The YES way of life means acknowledging not just your work , but also your attitude.

Weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly – we run awesome incentive programme to reward and encourage our Top Performers. There is no limit to what you can achieve.

We have our own onsite canteen providing hot meals, beverages, treats and snacks – no matter what shift you may be working.

Our canteen will satisfy any craving.

And don’t forget about the FREE coffee and tea. This will give you the boost you are looking for, when you need it.

At Ignition we offer you a FREE concierge benefit, allowing you to focus on what’s important in your free time.

Some of the things the concierge can help with are:

  • Renewal of car licences
  • Collections & deliveries
  • Gifting
  • Holiday and event planning
  • Onsite car wash
  • Discounted rates

Ignition  has partnered with Spot to provide Ignitioners with an all-in-one rewards and remuneration platform. 

 

Spot is a mobile money app with the functionalities of a money account, but better.  
  
It’s not just an app, or just a money app - Spot combines the best of both worlds to give you the best in digital banking. 

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