Alta van Heerden, Principal – Gauteng
Alta is a goal oriented and results-driven chartered accountant with 25 years’ corporate financial experience in the manufacturing, service, retail and hospitality industries.
Alta’s career was kick-started at a Namibian group of companies with investments across various industries. After eight years (during which time she worked her way from group financial accountant to Director: Corporate Finance), she joined a franchise group in the hospitality sector. Alta’s influence at this company expanded beyond her ambit as financial director: here, she became involved in the reinvention of the central kitchen division, ultimately guiding it to achieve double divisional turnover over two consecutive years while helping the company attain significant growth – a feat she considers her career highlight.
More recently, Alta worked as CFO at a manufacturing enterprise, where she was responsible for the financial, HR, payroll and IT departments, with a special focus on improving and streamlining processes, corporate finance compliance, employee/management relationships and training. Achievements here included restructuring the financial reporting system and ensuring efficient policies and proper internal controls were in place, enabling accurate and timely financial reporting.
Alta’s experience has seen her develop a pragmatic, solutions-oriented leadership style rooted in a high work ethic, which fosters teamwork throughout the company and nurtures relationships between all stakeholders. She embraces fast-paced entrepreneurial environments, where her flair for general management and her knack for assessing weaknesses in a system, and introducing efficiencies to improve on them, ensures she is able to add value in all areas of operation.
An active fan of the outdoors, Alta enjoys running, cycling and scuba diving.