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06 June 2018

Dimension Data subsidiary eyes the North American BPO market with acquisition of Millennium 1 Solutions in Canada

Johannesburg, Toronto – 5 June 2018 Dimension Data, and its subsidiary Merchants, a pioneer in the contact centre industry, today announced the acquisition of 100% of Millennium 1 Solutions (Millennium), one of Canada’s fastest-growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solution providers, from The Gores Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Millennium provides contact centre, credit card, and back office and administration services to Canadian organisations primarily in the financial services, insurance, and retail sectors. Merchants, which is part of Dimension Data’s CX and Digital Workplace practice is one of South Africa’s leading customer management outsourcing solution providers that designs, builds, and operates contact centres across the globe.

A new ‘Merchants Group’ holding company will be formed incorporating Merchants and Millennium.

“Dimension Data’s strategic vision for the Merchants Group is to become a truly digital outsourcer with global capability. Merchants has strengths and capabilities in areas and verticals such as telco, retail, airlines, and service desk, and the acquisition will expand Merchants’ go-to-market offerings in North America,” explained Joe Manuele, Dimension Data’s Group Executive, CX and Digital Workplace practice. “In turn, Millennium’s capabilities and vertical expertise, particularly in credit card and financial services, complements Merchants’ offerings. This augurs well for our future growth and expansion plans.”

Tom Band, Millennium’s CEO said, “We’re thrilled to join Merchants and the wider Dimension Data and NTT Group.  The acquisition accelerates our vision to expand into new geographies and verticals, and rapidly enhances our solution set for our current and future clients.  Both Merchants and Millennium share a commitment to enabling our clients’ premium brands and a bias for execution. This is a great fit for our clients and our talented team of employees.

Band will remain CEO of the Millennium business in Canada, and Merchants’ current Managing Director, George Todd, has been appointed CEO of the expanded Merchants Group. Dimension Data will appoint a new Managing Director for Merchants.

Todd said “The skills and expertise of the combined businesses position the Merchants Group, and accelerates our global expansion. In Millennium, we have a partner that shares our focus on delivering the highest quality outcomes for our clients. The acquisition of Millennium adds 2,131 permanent employees to the Merchants’ business which brings to 7,600, the total number of people across both companies. Together, our combined offerings and expanded geographic footprint will fast track growth in our current territories, and over time, globally.

Sheila McGee-Smith, founder and principal analyst at McGee-Smith Analytics commented: “Dimension Data’s 2017 Global Customer Experience Benchmarking Report highlighted “an uncomfortable truth”, that businesses are not offering the ideal mix of digital interaction services to meet consumer demands. With the acquisition of Millenium1 Solutions and the creation of a new, even more global Merchants Group, Dimension Data is creating a next-gen BPO partner that will be an important ingredient in helping businesses not only meet but exceed customer expectations for digital, personalised interactions.”

About Merchants

With over 36 years of experience in managing contact centre operations across the globe, we’re proud of our ability to deliver real business value through our exceptional people, best practice models, processes, and technologies. We’re a wholly-owned company of Dimension Data which is part of the NTT Group -  one of the largest telecommunications service providers in the world. Visit us at https://www.merchants.co.za

About Millennium1 Solutions

Founded in 1977, Millennium1 Solutions is an award-winning Canadian Business Process Outsourcing solution provider that designs and delivers end-to-end B2B2C solutions for the country’s blue chip multinational corporations in the financial services, insurance, government, retail, and manufacturing sectors. Headquartered in Toronto, Millennium operates five locations across Canada, and an offshore facility in Manila in the Philippines. The company leverages its depth of leadership experience and strategic insights to be a proactive strategic advisor to its clients. This includes optimising processes, technology, and performance to improve customer experience. www.millennium1solutions.com

About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data is a USD 8 billion global leader in designing, optimising, and managing today’s evolving technology environments. This enables its clients to leverage data in a digital age, turn it into information, and extract insights. Headquartered in Johannesburg, Dimension Data employs 28,000 people across 46 countries. The company brings together the world’s best technology provided by market leaders and niche innovators with the service support that clients need for their businesses – from consulting, technical, and support services to a fully-managed service. Dimension Data is a proud member of the NTT Group.  Visit us at http://www2.dimensiondata.com

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