Paul Oosthuizen, Principal – Western Cape
Describing himself as a “people-focused C-suite executive”, Paul Oosthuizen says that his approach is more akin to that of a COO than a traditional CFO. With extensive experience in the technology, communications and media industries, his key focus areas include team building, streamlining processes, driving automation and integration with technology and embedding reporting within teams to help them evolve from data-driven scorekeepers to insightful business partners.
Paul studied a BCom Hons at the University of Pretoria, graduating in 1995 before moving to Windhoek to complete his articles and spending four years in the UK working as contractor and business consultant. Back in SA since 2004, career highlights include a seven-year tenure at a call centre business, during which time he helped to grow the organisation and list it on the JSE’s Alt-X Board, as well as four years as CFO of a media logistics business, where his legacy includes redesigning the finance team to improve analysis and reporting through an ERP implementation. He also oversaw the implementation of SAP FI in all business units while in this role.
Teamwork is a major consideration for Paul. He considers his greatest achievement his ability to shift teams and help integrate them into the value creation process of the business, while ensuring they understand how they can contribute to improved business performance.
His prime focus is harnessing automation and process improvement to speed up processing and reporting within organisations, thus empowering decision makers across the business.
Paul is a dedicated family man and participates in the Parkrun with his two sons every week.