Super Group’s Peter Mountford awarded EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award™ for 2016

Johannesburg, 30 November 2016

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  • Lifetime achievement awarded to Jabulane Mabuza
  • Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved – The Creative Counsel named Exceptional category winner
  • Fatima Vawda – 27four Investment Managers named Emerging category winner

Johannesburg, 30 November 2016, Peter Mountford CEO for 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 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 a 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.

Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved, Group co-CEOs and serial entrepreneurs of The Creative Counsel was awarded as the winner in the Exceptional category and Fatima Vawda, founder of 27four Investment Managers in the Emerging category.

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.”

The Lifetime achievement award was presented to Jabulane Mabuza for his continuous dedication and achievement of business excellence. Coming from humble beginnings, Jabulane, gained his entrepreneurial ‘zeal’ with a start in the taxi industry. His passion, self-belief and an extraordinary ability to keep going when others would give up has led him to holding a number of leadership roles across a multitude of industries.

Omar says, “We are extraordinarily proud to recognise Jabulane, as a leader and visionary who serves as an inspiration to the next generation of young entrepreneurs and leaders.”

About Exceptional category winner:

Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved, co-founders of The Creative Counsel

 

Group co-CEOs and serial entrepreneurs, Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner founded (TCC) in 2001 after a failed business venture during the internet boom and bust. Gil and Ran have since pioneered the world of activations in South Africa building what started as a two man band doing promotions, into the country’s largest agency group.

The Creative Counsel (TCC) Activations is the biggest through-the-line marketing agency in South Africa with an impressive list of clients from diverse sectors including cellular networks, financial service providers, Fast Movable Consumer Goods and medical health. The agency has grown and evolved exponentially to offer innovative and out of the-box solutions and campaigns for the brands they partner with.

About the Emerging category winner:

About Fatima Vawda – 27four Investment Managers: After gaining 11 years of experience in financial services, Fatima founded 27four Investment Managers in 2007, which is South Africa’s first black owned and woman managed institutional multi-manager. They offer a comprehensive and innovative range of expertly constructed multi-manager product solutions to cater for the varying needs of South African and global retirement funds, corporate institutions, not-for-profit organisations, endowments as well as individual investors. Their offering includes mainstream multi-manager products, alternative fund of hedge funds, Africa fund of funds and a suite of Shari’ah compliant products.

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