Intro: On the 3rd December 2018, IBASA welcomed its newly appointed Interim Managing Director (IMD) as he started his first day in office. Dr Andre du Preez is a highly accomplished mentor with an MBA and PhD degree in Business Administration. This MD and Founder of Cyquapro is also an Accredited SME Consultant (ASMEC), Certified Business Advisor (CBA) LSS Black Belt with a professional background so broad it spans information technology applications, corporate strategy, governance, risk management, right through to marketing and sales! With the APAC and EMEA regions (as well as the USA) having benefitted from his skills previously, it is now IBASA’s turn. Meet the new boss. Read about him here.
- Tell us a bit about yourself, who is Dr Andre du Preez?
I am a proud South African, born in George but spend most of my life in Pretoria. I am a family man, married to Anna and we have a son, Stephen and daughter Angelique. I completed most of my studies in business at University of the Free State (UFS). I love working with entrepreneurs and hope that through working with IBASA I will be in a position to impact many lives positively.
- How long have you been a member of IBASA?
I met the IBASA team in November 2017 and joined shortly afterwards.
- Yours will be an exciting role … what can members look forward to?
My wish is to add as much value as possible to IBASA as an Institute; to our members; to key players in the Industry; to our staff and to the general good of our economy.
- You have extensive experience in business consultation both locally and internationally. What has been your career highlights?
To be honest, this is a challenging question. Even though I developed a number of processes and models currently used globally by one of the largest companies in the world, I still see my career highlight as when I was approached by a UK-based company in 2006 with the request to set up the first PCI-DSS (Cybersecurity) company in South Africa with a footprint throughout Africa. This was a successful start-up which was later acquired by an International Cybersecurity company.
- Do you have any favourite hobbies or books?
I love studying and spend my free time on that. I am currently looking at high-performance systems and processes and their effect on profits.
- What is your favourite Quote that summarises your philosophy on life?
Never give up.
- All the best in your new role, Dr du Preez. Do you have any special message for our readers and members?
I would like to wish all a wonderful Festive Season and a great 2019. May it be a great year in all aspects!!!