Hylton Surat, Regional Director – Gauteng
Hylton is a Chartered Accountant and qualified from UNISA in the early 1980’s with a B.Compt. (Honours) and thereafter C.A. (SA).
Hylton has held senior financial and executive management positions in private and public listed companies over the past 25 years. The positions held include Divisional Management Accountant at Metro Cash and Carry, responsible for the financial integrity of 40 Metro stores; Financial Director of Home Fabrics (Pty)Ltd , the leading importer and distributor of upmarket furnishing fabrics in South Africa for a period exceeding 20 years, and Financial and Operations Executive at Drawcard (Pty)Ltd and Eftpos (Pty)Ltd, the former being a company involved in stored value card solutions and the latter in the deployment of POS terminals.
Hylton has strong and broad general management and financial skills, both from an operational, systems and strategic perspective. He has had success in identifying new business and market opportunities to enhance strategic growth and has experience in conducting feasibility studies into potential acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. Hylton has dealt extensively on staff issues such as training, staff retention, skills development, remuneration, succession planning, incentives and employee benefits.
Over the years, Hylton has acquired valuable financial and business management experience, participating in a number of acquisitions and the establishment of new entities abroad. He enjoys a challenge, is flexible, innovative and creative in adapting and applying knowledge and experience to different circumstances and environments. Hylton has good communication and interpersonal skills at all levels and with different cultures, including interacting well on a one on one basis and in a group situation both as a leader and a key support function.