Bill Lynch

CEO, Imperial Holdings, South Africa

2006 award winner

EY Bill Lynch

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 South Africa

Arriving in South Africa in 1971 with just UK£2,000 and no job, Bill Lynch found work with Imperial Holdings as an admin controller. Applying the disciplines he learned growing up in poverty in rural Ireland to the loss-making car dealership, he led a turnaround. After buying a 10% share in Imperial, Bill led a diversification and growth strategy into truck and car rental, logistics and leasing. He became Executive Chairman in 1990 and guided the company through South Africa’s democratic transition era, when the country’s economic and political systems were widely expected to collapse. In 2006, Imperial Holdings employed 36,000 people on three continents and had an annual revenue of €6.5 billion across seven divisions.

Express your interest in attending EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 or ask us a question

Contact us