Maizey Plastics is pleased to announce the appointment of Wessel van der Merwe as the new CEO, which became effective on March 1st, 2019.
Van der Merwe started with the company in 1998 as an internal sales person and his incredible work ethic, strong leadership abilities and industry knowledge saw his rise in the organisation from sales to management by 2004. He was instrumental in building Maizey’s aluminium profile product offering and, under his strategic direction, managed the National Sales portfolio for four years before being promoted to Group Purchasing and Operations Director. He will succeed the current CEO Rikki Maizey, who will move into a Chairman role and enjoy continued involvement in the family business that he is so passionate about.
Rikki Maizey made the exciting announcement at a recent management conference where the way forward for the business was mapped out. ‘I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of talent at all levels of our great company and thanks to my staff’s loyalty, dedication and hard work, we have been able to grow into the successful business we are today. With succession planning in mind, I have decided to give the younger members of my team the opportunity to take this business forward and build on the strong foundation that has been laid over the past 68 years,’ he said.
There are also strategic portfolio changes in the newly restructured executive management team:
• Trevor Norman, Chief Sales Officer Commercial, is now responsible for all branch sales, which include Engineering Plastic Products, exports and Maizey’s new online business, which should be operational by June 2019.
• Kevin Govender, Chief Sales Officer EPP, will continue with his passionate development of the engineering plastics business, with more focus on OEM, end user customers, application development and engineering design consulting.
• Wynne Meyer will join the executive management team, taking over from van der Merwe as Chief Operations Officer, and will be responsible for Group Operations.
Rikki Maizey is confident that this dynamic leadership team will develop a vision with new ideas and strategies that will see Maizey evolve and reinvent itself in this ever changing modern business world. ‘We congratulate van der Merwe and Meyer on their appointments and thank the team for their dedication and commitment. We wish them every success with the road ahead.’
Maizey Plastics +27 (0) 86 1100 420 www.maizey.co.za