John joined Liberty as the Group Executive Corporate Finance in August 2004, responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and management of all corporate action relating to Liberty’s expansion initiatives in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Together with John’s strategic guidance, due diligence expertise and mergers and acquisitions experience, Liberty expanded the Group’s reach and penetration on the continent.
Prior to joining Liberty, John consulted at the Standard Bank Equity Fund Division on Management Buyouts and Private Equity Investments between 2000 and 2004. John’s early career started in the 1970’s as an article clerk with Peat Marwick Mitchell, progressed to the Dorbyl Group of Companies where he was able to establish and grow his financial expertise by occupying various positions, and eventually became the Group Financial Manager for Calan Limited. His financial career advanced to that of Group Financial Director / Company Secretary for Natyre Limited / Calan Group in May of 1982.
John has held various positions as the Financial Director for companies such as the Premier Group Limited in 1994 to 1999 and Argus Holdings Limited 1993 to 1994. John was appointed as a Director of the Manager on 26 May 2015.