Johannesburg, 30 November 2016 - Peter Mountford CEO of Super Group, was last night named winner of the EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award™ for 2016 in the Master category. Peter will go on to represent Southern Africa at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards in Monte Carlo in June 2017, where he will compete with over 50 leading entrepreneurs from across the globe.
Peter was appointed in 2009 as CEO of Super Group, which is a leading transport logistics and mobility group providing end-to-end supply chain solutions, fleet management and dealership services to a diversified global customer base.
After his appointment, he realised the group had lost a large portion of their customer base, marketing capability and new business capability. The group had made a loss of R1.3bn and there was talk of a takeover. Within eighteen months into his role, Peter already started the turnaround strategy by disposing of all noncore and loss making businesses within the group. The business showed a profit of R230mil in just six years. Today the group is worth R10bn.
To this day Peter believes this type of small business culture with a decisive business capability is key to their success.
The 2016 finalists who represent a wide range of industries and as a group, contribute 17,000 jobs to the economy with combined revenues of approximately ZAR30bn, were evaluated by our esteemed panel of judges, which included previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and regional business leaders. The criteria they were evaluated on was based on their entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, community/global impact, innovation, personal integrity and influence.
Azim Omar, Africa Growth Markets Leader at EY says, “We congratulate the winners in the respective categories. Each of them have displayed a strong sense of entrepreneurial spirit, which is what we need the driver of much needed job creation. Their purpose to achieve a better working world is strongly evident in their stories from start-up, scaling-up and becoming fast growth companies. Most of us think of what “can” be, but these entrepreneurs thought of what “will” be. They had an idea, they pursued it, convinced others of its worth and made sure it became reality and this is an achievement they should each proud of.”
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