Founded in 2011 by retail industry experts Harley Caryer and James Collett, Dataorbis provides data insights to a large number of well-known consumer brands across the African continent and Middle East. Headquartered in Cape Town, the company has offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and Dubai.
James Collett - Chief Executive Officer
A qualified Chartered Accountant (SA), James has extensive experience in starting and leading new businesses. After completing his articles with PricewaterhouseCoppers in 1999, James co-founded retail data processing and analytics company, Infocy, together with Harley Caryer in 2001.
At Infocy James led the business from a people, IT and financial perspective. He was ultimately responsible for the design and development of data warehousing and IT infrastructure - areas he remains passionate about today.
Having established an impressive list of blue chip national and multinational clients, Infocy was acquired by global market research firm, Synovate, in mid-2006. James joined Synovate as Finance Director for South Africa. In 2009 he assumed the role of regional CFO for Africa looking after offices in 13 countries across the continent.
Identifying a gap in the retail reporting market, James left Synovate to start up DataOrbis with Infocy co-founder Harley Caryer. James has been the CEO of DataOrbis for the past five years. In that time the company has grown from two employees at inception to over 60 at the start of 2016.
Harley Caryer - Chief Commercial Officer
Harley started his career at global market research company, Nielsen, in 1999. As an Accounts Executive he was responsible for the analysis of market information for FMCG clients.
Driven by his passion for data innovation, Harley joined James Collett to found Infocy, a retail data processing and analytics company in February 2001. Harley was responsible for the development of new business and services as well as evolving the company’s analytical capability.
On the back of Infocy’s acquisition by Synovate in 2006, Harley continued to perform the role of both client service and business development director where he managed the Cape Town and Johannesburg client service teams. He was also directly responsible for retailer relationships which included Shoprite, Spar, Massmart, Engen, BP and Shell.
Upon leaving Synovate in 2010, Harley used his extensive experience in delivering insights to the FMCG industry to consult to a number of large consumer companies, including Oceana Group, Coca-Cola and Nampak.
In 2011 Harley decided to partner once again with infocy co-founder James Collett to start Dataorbis. At DataOrbis Harley has held the position of Chief Commercial Officer for the past five years. He is responsible for all existing client relationships as well as developing new business.
Harley has a marketing degree from Cape Technikon, now called the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.