Francois

Name

Francois

Position

Chairman / Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor / Mentor

Location

Hampshire

Big Business Experience

Hyster-Yale Group EMEA

Small Business Experience

Nacco Materials Handling Srl, Italy

Summary

Francois is a highly credible senior executive-level business leader with more than 20 years experience in transformation and turnaround EMEA entities with turnover from $60M to $700M, delivering sustainable growth across sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution.

Francois has been in a variety of Managing Director roles for the last 15 years, typically tasked with either turnaround or breakthrough growth.  He has a demonstrated ability to be the driving force behind complex, inventive transformational change spanning people, process and technology.

He is an experienced advisor in M&A, business strategy, digital strategy and industrial transformation from $10M and $700m companies across various industrial sectors

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Cranfield School of Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Honours (BCom, Hons), International Marketing
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Marketing, University of Pretoria, 1993
  • High-Performance Leadership Program, Cranfield School of Management
  • Certificate in Business Valuations, CertBV (ACCA) 2020
  • Certificate in Data Analytics, CertDA (ACCA) 2020
  • Fluent English, Italian, Dutch and Afrikaans

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Development, Planning and Analysis
  • Commercial & Operational Growth
  • Business Transformation
  • Business Turnaround
  • Operational Excellence & Efficiencies
  • People Development
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Digital Transformation
  • Building Distribution Channels In The Uk, But Also Globally

Experience

  • Senior executive-level business leader with 15 years’ experience as Managing Director with full P&L accountability to four different independent companies within one holding company.
  • Transforming and optimising EMEA entities with turnover from $60 to $700M, delivering sustainable growth across sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution.
  • Ability to use insight an analysis to drive vision and strategy and then enabling teams to execute.
  • Acts as a driving force behind complex, inventive transformational change spanning people, process and technology.
  • Stimulates top / bottom-line growth, boosts product development and devises compelling propositions; shapes and executes cross-functional strategies, structures alternative offerings and develops future leaders.
  • Attains operational excellence, yields cost savings and consolidates global functions; instigates major organisational change, restructures leadership, automates processes and future-proofs regional operations
  • Exceptional communicator, both written and verbally
  • Proven ability to mentor and coach individuals and teams for growth and results
  • Broad experience in General Management but also a depth of knowledge and ability in Strategy, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Distribution, Manufacturing, procurement and Product Design
  • Fostered lasting and mutual relationships with customers and all across the value chain.