Pieter Watson, Principal – Gauteng
Pieter obtained a B-Com Honours degree at the University of Johannesburg, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 after completing his Articles at Grant Thornton (then Fisher Hoffman Stride). During articles he was exposed to businesses of all sizes – from family owned to listed companies with a specific focus on entrepreneurial and owner managed businesses. He is a member of SAICA – the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Pieter has more than 20 years’ experience in roles from Financial Manager to Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer in diverse industries from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to IT and media companies. He also has experience with start up companies as well as multinational companies with exposure to Europe, the United States and English speaking Africa.
As part of the senior executive team, his experience includes support of the commercial organisation, strategic planning to achieve business objectives, maximizing of staff resources and output as well as operational financial management including budgeting, cash flow forecasting, analysis of and reporting on monthly management and annual financial accounts, change management, systems implementations (IT and process redesign), risk management and compliance initiatives. Pieter also has experience in warehouse and supply chain management and managing customer service teams.
Pieter believes that the principles of excellence and good results are universal and has a passion for assisting businesses achieve their maximum potential. Although deadline and results driven, he believes happy and motivated staff are major contributors to successful companies.