stefan smyth
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Stefan U Smyth

EY Africa Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy Leader

Solution-oriented thinker. Passionate husband and father. Committed to the restructuring, rescue, and rehabilitation of companies for the benefit and betterment of African society.

Stefan is the EY-Parthenon Africa Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy Leader. His role as a financial and business restructuring professional is that of supporting EY clients, from design to delivery, focusing on practical solutions that yield measurable results.

He has a 20-year career in the UK Insurance Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, specialising in operational optimisation and restructuring for global insurance broker, and was then the founder and MD of a ‘start up’ specialist automotive BPO business for an FTSE 100 parent company. 

Stefan emigrated to South Africa with his family in 2009 and launched a full-service Restructuring practice for a global consulting firm before joining EY Parthenon in January 2021 to develop and build out a Turnaround and Restructuring business across sub-Saharan Africa.

Stefan is a qualified insolvency practitioner. As a Senior Business Rescue Practitioner, he is a regular key-note speaker, who is actively involved in the promotion of the interests of the restructuring and insolvency sector with local, regional, and international member organisations.