Prof Prieur

Name

Prof Prieur

Position

Chairman / Non-Executive Director

Location

South Africa

Big Business Experience

Professional Provident Society

Distell Group

Small Business Experience

Plexus Holdings

Combined Finance Holdings

Summary

With almost four decades’ experience in economics, insurance, finance and investment management, Prof Prieur is one of the most experienced financial services professionals in South Africa.

Over the past 10 years he has also established himself as a leading corporate governance specialist. Prof Prieur is chief executive officer of Plexus Holdings, an investment holdings company he founded in 1995, and its division iCRAFT Board Governance Consultants.

He has vast experience of serving as chairperson of and director on boards and board committees of public and private companies.

Regarding private equity, he has constructed and managed three private equity limited liability partnerships over the years and has also initiated several ventures locally and abroad.

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • 1984: DBA (Doctor of Business Administration – Finance), Stellenbosch University
  • 1982: MBA (Cum Laude), Stellenbosch University
  • 1981: BHons (Business & Administration) (Cum Laude), Stellenbosch University
  • 1979: BSc (Quantity Surveying), University of Cape Town

Corporate Governance and Other Qualifications

  • 2016: Risk Management for Corporate Leaders, Harvard Business School
  • 2016: Business Risk Management, University of Cape Town
  • 2015: Chartered Director (South Africa), Institute of Directors (IoDSA)
  • 2013: Certificate in Corporate Governance (International Directors Programme, INSEAD Business School, France)

Key Areas of Expertise

  • More than 35 years’ experience in global economics, insurance, finance and investment management, covering a wide spectrum of industries and asset classes (including private equity);
  • extensive experience of the property and higher education sectors;
  • proven entrepreneurial flair, leadership qualities and business acumen, a strategic focus, and a large network of contacts;
  • vast experience of serving as chair of and director on boards and board committees of public and private (including SME) companies;
  • a solid background in corporate governance and a newspaper columnist on corporate governance; and
  • a strong belief that SMEs are key to cultivating entrepreneurship and creating cost-effective employment.

Experience

CEO of Plexus Holdings, an investment business Prof Prieur founded in 1995, and its division iCRAFT Board Governance Consultants.

He also serves as non-executive director of JSE-listed Distell Group (chair of Risk

Committee, member of Audit Committee, and member of Social and Ethics Committee), trustee of the Professional Provident Society (PPS) Holdings Trust, non-executive director of PPS Insurance Company (chair of Remuneration Committee, member of Audit Committee and member of Risk Committee), non-executive director of PPS Short-term Insurance Company (member of Audit and Risk Committee), non-executive director of PPS Investments (chair of Audit and Risk Committee), non-executive chair of PPS Multi-managers, non-executive chair of Combined Finance, as well as member of the Investment Committee of the Law Practitioners Indemnity Insurance Fund.

He is the immediate past non-executive chairperson of the Institute of Directors (South Africa).

Furthermore, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Investment Committee of Stellenbosch University, and non-executive director designate of USB-ED. Additionally, he is professor extraordinaire at USB.