Darlick Marandure | 2017 Outstanding IT & Innovation Leader of the year Winner

Mr. Marandure (standing second from left) started out his career at Zimbank (now ZB Bank) on the management training program after having graduated from the University of Zimbabwe.  Upon completion of the management training an opportunity presented itself for him to further his studies in the USA.

While in the USA where he lived for 18 years, Mr. Marandure continued his career working for companies which included IBM, Pfizer, and Schering Plough before joining Mars Information Services (a division of Mars Incorporated) where he rose through the ranks to the position of Director of Global Technology Programs, a position he held until he left the USA to return home in early 2013.

At Mars Information Services, one of his major accomplishments was leading the biggest technological transformation that Mars Inc. had undergone through a US$105 million programme to create a single technological platform for the new Mars Inc. to operate on after they acquired Wrigley’s and a few other smaller companies.
Mr Marandure said one of his biggest learnings from working in the US was being able to appreciate the contributions of employees to a business, realizing that the quality products and service can only be delivered by a motivated, energized workforce.

“Our customers spend their hard earned dollars on our products and as a result they expect to get not only quality products but also exceptional customer service in the process. The success of any business is dependent on delivering both. And it takes a motivated workforce to be able to deliver both repeatedly.” he said.
Upon his return to Zimbabwe, Mr. Marandure joined Zimpapers as the group’s first ever Chief Technology Officer, a position he holds today. However due to his ability to effectively transform businesses and motivate employees, Mr. Marandure was seconded to run Star FM as the Acting GM from 2014 into 2015.

Mr. Marandure ran the station for 12 months turning around the fortunes of the ailing radio station (which back then was ranked 4th on the Zamps Survey) and today it is the number one station in the nation.
In addition to his duties as the CTO at Zimpapers, Mr. Marandure is also now currently running the groups biggest revenue earner – the Harare Branch as the Acting GM using his business expertise in an effort to grow the circulation and advertising revenues of the newspaper business.

Mr Marandure holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe where he graduated in 1993, a Masters in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington DC (1999), and a Masters in Information Systems Management degree from Keller Graduate School in the USA (2010), a degree which he was awarded with a distinction.
He is ITIL certified and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Darlick is married to Busisiwe who is the Executive Director and Country Manager of Boost Fellowship/Enactus and together they have three young boys.