Boxmore Packaging appoints new CEO

Leonard Engelbrecht is the new CEO of Boxmore PackagingBoxmore Packaging (Boxmore) has officially announced its appointment of Leonard Engelbrecht as CEO. The appointment follows the resignation of his predecessor, Clynt Levin, who retired in February 2016 due to ill health.

Engelbrecht joined the dynamic packaging company in August 2015 as group financial director, bringing with him a wealth of experience in professional services, banking and steel manufacturing sectors. As a qualified chartered accountant, Engelbrecht boasts solid financial and business performance experience, but also has a passion and an innate talent for strategic management and commercial thinking.

Richard Tunstall, representing Investec Equity Partners on the Boxmore board, comments on the appointment: ‘Len is a very ambitious, strategic entrepreneur with a passion for business. He also has strong financial discipline, combined with international experience, and a proficiency in merger and acquisition integration. These are all incredibly valuable abilities in a fast-paced, 24-hour packaging industry. Furthermore, he possesses the type of leadership skills that we believe are aligned to grow the Boxmore business from the solid foundation that has already been established.’

Adding to this, David Drew, Boxmore’s chief commercial officer notes: ‘The Boxmore way is a philosophy that is deeply entrenched in our business. It means many things to our staff, but simply, it is a conscious behaviour that defines our culture and attitudes. We pride ourselves on the fact that our people love working at Boxmore and naturally, the leadership influences this. Len truly understands this, as he has well-developed interpersonal skills and serves as a mentor to staff.’

Full steam ahead

As the newest member of the Boxmore board, Engelbrecht is proud to be elected to the CEO position. ‘I feel privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility,’ he says. ‘The company’s success can be attributed to its commitment to continuous investment in technology, the right people and its unique business model. I aim to uphold this legacy, while challenging the status quo to keep evolving and growing.’

Engelbrecht is now exploring the next wave of growth for Boxmore, as well as how to reinvent the company to adapt to the changing dynamic and complex nature of business. The company has undergone some changes to rebuild a future that’s aligned to its growth strategy. To this end, the non-core divisions were sold off and some strategic appointments have been made.

He reveals future plans for Boxmore: ‘There’s no room to be stagnant or complacent. We want to be the consistent leader in PET in SADC and Indian Ocean Islands. Internally, we are assessing the market and consumer behaviours, which gives us a good sense of where things are going. Further opportunities for growth are linked to a growing middle class in Africa; the correlating growth in FMCG based on GDP; as well as the conversion from other forms of packaging to PET. We are also ideally positioned to take advantage of the bottled water market.’

The company has recently undergone strategic acquisitions that have seen it significantly increase its capacity and competence. ‘Our current focus is on organic growth and expanding capacity. We are open to further acquisitions and will always look where it makes sense, and where there are synergies in product ranges,’ he concludes.

New faces

Another new addition to the team includes Sharin Sweet, who has been appointed to the board as group sales director. Sweet’s role is crucial to remaining in touch with the market. As a dedicated resource on sales and customers, she is able to manage customer behaviour and monitor trends.

Other appointments include Kieron Johnstone as group finance executive and Hannes Doman as group manufacturing manager.

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