Press Release Embargo: None, for immediate release 15 March 2017
SAPPO appoints new CEO
PRETORIA – The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) has appointed Mr Johann Kotzé as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Kotzé takes over from Mr Simon Streicher, who is retiring after 17 years with the organisation.
Mr Kotzé (46) joins SAPPO from First National Bank (FNB) where he is the Business Development Manager: Africa, Agriculture. In this role, he was responsible for managing the FNB agricultural portfolio in Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Botswana.
Before joining FNB, Mr Kotzé worked at Agri Wise Consulting which operated mainly in the Southern, Western, and Eastern Cape, and in neighbouring countries. In this position he was involved in, among other things, strategic planning, financial solution initiatives, and risk analysing and mitigation. A major focus during this time was green field projects, and the structuring of black economic empowerment partnerships.
“Johann brings an amazing wealth of knowledge of the local farming sector to this position. He has been around and knows how this sector operates. Importantly for us, he understands the dynamics of business extremely well, which is an important skill in his new position. Besides this, Johann is a good leader, a natural communicator, and a strong planner. We are very lucky to have him join our team,” said Mr James Jenkinson, Chairperson of SAPPO.
Mr Kotzé assumes his new role on 1 April.