John Kinghorn, Principal – Gauteng
John is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds an MBA from Henley Business School (UK). He is an experienced general manager (C-suite), finance director, strategist and change agent with a divergent background in professional and financial services, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, executive education and training.
He is a very energetic, astute and knowledgeable professional with a solid background in finance, strategic planning, sales and marketing, operations, manufacturing, business development, as well as people management. His unique set of business skills, broad management experience base and high standards of personal integrity have earned him respect in dealing at all levels of business and associated business.
John has extensive experience in the automotive industry having worked for a global automotive manufacturer (General Motors SA) before joining one of the Big 4 audit and accounting firms (Coopers & Lybrand, now PWC) where he gained invaluable experience working with clients operating in the FMCG, agricultural, manufacturing, engineering, construction, pharmaceutical, ICT and financial services industries. He subsequently rejoined his former employer (then Delta Motor Corporation) in the automotive industry where he held a number of senior management positions including directorships in dealerships. Shortly after joining a leading Japanese trading house (Sumitomo Corporation) in their South African automotive retail business as a Dealer Principal he was part of a management team who successfully completed a MBO from their Japanese parent. During this time he also served both as a Board member of Deltafinance and on the General Motors SA National Retailer Council.
He has since pursued his interest in professional services both locally and internationally. His assignments have included working for most leading global automotive brands, incl. some newer entrants – as COO of Foton Trucks SA and as consultant to Qoros Automotive Co. Ltd in Shanghai, China. John has also worked as FD/CFO in the ICT, hospitality and real estate industries along with assignments in the Middle East and Southern Africa. After completing his MBA John was invited to be a Visiting Tutor on the Henley MBA programme in South Africa and has developed and facilitated business management courses and performance groups for the automotive and banking industries. Following a lifelong passion for coffee, John has also successfully established a coffee roasting and distribution business before joining the FD Centre.