Steven Alberts, Principal – Pretoria
Steven has a track record of excellence, starting with a first-time pass of his CA exam and continuing with his attainment of an MBA (thesis outstanding) and 20 years’ experience as an executive.
Steven’s career has followed a trajectory through industries such as food processing and agriculture, wholesale, logistics, manufacturing, retail, financial services and FMCG. His most prominent and recent posts include a 15-year stint as CFO of the Senwes Group, where he also served on various Boards within the group. Highlights during this time included the completion of several high profile deals and restructuring exercises, and the implementation of a new ERP (SAP) system. Steven was part of a team that led Senwes through a successful turnaround strategy resulting in value creation for shareholders with a significant increase in the company’s share price.
Following this post, Steven was appointed Executive Director Corporate and Strategy for Profert, a group focusing primarily on fertiliser for the agricultural industry and with further interests in other agricultural sectors. During this time, Steven played a key role in various strategic deal negotiations and structuring, and again was instrumental in the group’s turnaround, as well as strategy development.
Steven then took up the mantle of COO at Chester Meats. A key highlight here was the implementation of a new operational system to unlock efficiencies and better manage internal logistics and stock movement.
Most recently, Steven worked as Portfolio Operations Partner and Africa CFO at PhilAfrica Foods, a company operating in the food processing and FMCG sector. He helped identify and enhance key value drivers and took part in the management of investments, and further set up financial reporting systems and implemented new systems (Odoo ERP). Steven additionally interacted with local goverments and investigated new opportunities in other African countries.
Steven’s extensive skills set encompasses strategy development, leadership and team development, analysis, financial management, treasury functioning, operational management, deal-making and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and investment analysis, project management, systems implementation, people management and staff development, integration and implementation of IT systems, and taxation.
A keen cyclist and sometime golfer, Steven is married and has three children and two step-children.