Andre Odendaal, Regional Director – Eastern Cape & Garden Route
With several years’ experience in the aviation industry, gleaned both locally and in the UK, André Odendaal is a highly experienced and skilled expert in this field.
He joined ExcuJet shortly after completing articles with PWC. Here, he worked his way from Finance Manager to Finance Director in a short period, making a significant contribution to the company’s restructuring, developing new processes and implementing systems that supported greater growth.
André then emigrated to the UK, first working at full service telecommunications company C&W Plc as Finance Manager. Soon promoted to Head of FP&A, he was involved in raising finance, the company’s demerging and relisting and implementing Hyperion, as well as the financial performance of the group.
André was later appointed CFO of CWC Wholesale Solutions, and participated in the negotiation of a joint venture which paved the way to the eventual sale of CWC Plc.
His next move was to join the turnaround team of regional UK airline Flybe Plc. After helping the airline improve its operations by implementing a special focus on efficiency and cost effectiveness, he was promoted to Group Finance Director. Here, his responsibilities included the development of cost and revenue initiatives and strategic plans, as well as implementing systems including TM1 and Airpas. He also simultaneously served as the CFO of a £50m subsidiary company.
Moving to the UAE, André lent his expertise to the Air Arabia Group, working to enhance analysis and insight within the airline and help it achieve a greater level of alignment within various areas of the company.
His most recent role, as CFO and Board member of SA Express saw him focus on rebuilding the airline’s relationships with key stakeholders as part of a turnaround exercise, improving depth and quality of analysis and raising finance from the shareholder.
A family man, André enjoys playing golf and reading.