Sean Brown, Principal – Gauteng
In a career that has spanned almost 25 years post articles, Sean Brown has worked in a number of industries, from steel to transport & warehousing, retail and manufacturing, gaining experience in the Netherlands as well as South Africa.
After completing a BCom Accounting at the University of Cape Town, Sean finished his Bcom Honours through Unisa, qualifying as a CA (SA) in 1996. His articles were completed at Ernst & Young, where his work in the Entrepreneurial Services division gave him an appreciation and passion for entrepreneurship which has manifested in his work with various private companies throughout his career. Significant posts following articles included a stint as Group Financial Manager at the Macsteel Group, in Johannesburg as well as the Netherlands; followed by his appointment as a Financial Controller at Dis-Chem Pharmacies then Co-Managing Director at a sheet metal fabricator. Most recently, he took on the role of Group Financial Director at Imperial Dedicated Contracts.
Key career highlights include restructuring MacSteel’s European operations, focusing on a collection of companies that served various financial purposes and functions within the group. Sean also designed and implemented an order and production management system for a job card manufacturing system and has implemented SAP automation software in the procure-to-pay cycle. Added to this, he has been instrumental in implementing several enhancement projects to SAP in operations and in shared services. Moreover, while at Imperial, he was the financial lead in the merger of three significant businesses into two new entities along service capabilities.
Sean’s core skills include business process improvement, system implementation, financial analysis, merging business operations and managing people through change. His strengths include grasping, analysing and simplifying complex issues, and on this basis providing strategic advice and recommendations.
A family man, Sean is an avid long distance runner and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially in his indigenous garden.