Aurecon strengthens manufacturing client focus in Africa

Stephan Kotze, Aurecon’s newly appointed client director for manufacturing in AfricaAurecon, the global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, has made two strategic appointments to its Africa team. Stephan Kotze has been appointed client director for manufacturing in Africa. This is a newly created role in the company and forms part of Aurecon’s ongoing growth strategy in South Africa and throughout the African continent.

The second appointment is that of Olugbenga Olumide Alao (OJ) Ajayi as country manager for Nigeria.

Strong leadership is needed to navigate the challenging complexities of Africa and unlock its considerable growth potential. Aurecon is building a team that will add value to its clients’ businesses by bringing on board lateral thinkers who can forge pathways through market obstacles. Whether they are large multinationals or niche businesses, manufacturers share the imperative to increase profitability by staying agile, managing risks, and maximising value.

Skills set to benefit manufacturers

Kotze brings deep experience of the manufacturing and resources sectors. This he can use to help manufacturers realise opportunities around supply chain, asset optimisation, portfolio, programme and project optimisation and the digitisation of infrastructure.

‘Manufacturing is evolving rapidly to embrace the accelerating advances in technology. We welcome Stephan Kotze and his experience in bringing clients innovative and value driven solutions in challenging markets,’ says Ferdi Nell, Aurecon’s managing director for Africa.

With over 25 years’ experience, Kotze joins Aurecon from consultancy firm, Accenture, having led its global practice servicing manufacturing operations and automation in the resources sector. He was responsible for delivering a wide range of projects for many of the world’s blue chip companies.

‘There are tremendous opportunities in the market, both in South Africa and the rest of the continent. I am excited by the potential for business growth inherent in Aurecon’s capabilities and its focus on partnering with clients to brings ideas to life for co-creating a better future,” comments Kotze. “We are well-placed to help clients take advantage of the challenging marketing conditions to deliver strong growth in the Africa manufacturing market.’

Capitalising on Nigeria’s growth potential

OJ Ajayi, Aurecon’s newly appointed country manager for NigeriaEmerging markets are considered key to delivering sustained growth for Aurecon. As the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria offers considerable opportunities for infrastructure development. Nigeria can also be a complex and difficult market but the company is confident that its extensive experience in Africa, combined with the appointment of a strong team leader, will enable it to capitalise on the market’s potential.

‘As Africa’s largest economy and a regional power on the continent, Nigeria features strongly in our business development strategy,’ adds Nell. ‘With his extensive project experience in Africa together with his proven leadership skills, Ajayi is well equipped to grow our presence in the Nigerian market.’

Ajayi comments: ‘Although the business environment, in line with many of the world’s major economies, is going through a difficult phase, I am confident the Nigerian economy will bounce back and be more vibrant, delivering good growth opportunities for the company. Aurecon is adept at bringing ideas to life that are tailored to the local context, and clients respect the fact that we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach.’ 

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