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Brand Pretorious
Brand Pretorious
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
Afrikaans, English
Tags:
Businessman,Leadership,Professional Speaker
Profile:
Brand Pretorius attained his M.Com degree in Business Economics at the University of the Free State in 1972, and started his career at Toyota South Africa in March 1973. Following a number of management positions in research, planning, sales and marketing, he was appointed managing director of Toyota SA Marketing in 1988. Under his leadership Toyota became the leader in both market share and customer satisfaction. In March 1995 he joined McCarthy Motor Holdings as chairman and CEO and was promoted to chief executive officer of the holding company, McCarthy Retail Limited, in October 1999. It is widely acknowledged that Brand played a pivotal role in turning McCarthy around after it was declared technically insolvent in 2001, following massive bad debt write-offs in its Prefcor division. Thousands of jobs were saved. He retired as CEO of McCarthy and as an executive director of its controlling shareholder Bidvest, on 1 March 2011.
 
Brand has received numerous national marketing, motor industry and leadership awards including Marketing Person of the Year, Automobil Man of the Year and Boss of the Year. He holds honorary professorships at the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and an honorary doctorate in marketing from the Durban University of Technology. Brand is a Fellow in Leadership at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and a Professor of Practice at the Johannesburg College of Business and Economics. 
 
He also serves on the boards of trustees of the READ Educational Trust, Partners for Possibility and the Motor Industry Ombudsman of South Africa.  He is the National Ambassador for the the Valued Citizens Initiative, as well as of the acclaimed Rally to Read corporate social responsibility program, an initiative he founded in 1998.
 
Brand serves as non-executive director on the boards of Agrinet, Tongaat Hulett, Reunert and Italtile, and is the non-executive chairman of Metair Investments. He is also a member of the advisory board of the business incubator InvoTech. 
 
Brand published his book entitled “In the driving seat – lessons in leadership” in February 2013. According to Nielsen Bookstats it was the most popular business biography in South Africa in 2013 and has been reprinted seven times. In total more than 21 000 copies have already been sold, which makes the book one of the most popular local business biographies of all time.
 
He is married to Tillie and they have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Brand Pretorius attained his M.Com degree in Business Economics at the University of the Free State in 1972, and started his career at Toyota South Africa in March 1973. Following a number of management positions in research, planning, sales and marketing, he was appointed managing director of Toyota SA Marketing in 1988. Under his leadership Toyota became the leader in both market share and customer satisfaction. In March 1995 he joined McCarthy Motor Holdings as chairman and CEO and wa
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Brand Pretorius

Professional speaking topics :

The topics Brand has presented to local and international audiences include the following :

The role the business sector can play to bring about a more prosperous South Africa.
Guidelines for business success in a rapidly changing South Africa.
The key lessons I have learnt during my career in business.
Guidelines for effective leadership.
Inspirational leadership - how to optimize passion, motivation and commitment.
Servant leadership - is it effective in tough times?
Key leadership lessons I have learnt.
How to optimise customer satisfaction and retention.
Guidelines for a successful sales and service organisation.
(All one hour presentations)

References :

Mark Lamberti - Non Executive Chairman of Massmart Limited
"Brand Pretorius is a highly accomplished public speaker who engages his audience with sincerity and eloquence; inspires them with knowledge and insight; and moves them to action with conviction and authenticity. Anyone who has ever spoken publically will be in awe of his easy presentation style, and his ability to impart decades of experience and wisdom as an acknowledged leader in various settings and situations".

David Powels - CEO, Volkswagen South Africa
"Brand Pretorius, an opinion maker and an opinion leader, an expert in the Auto Retail Industry, a Leader with profound natural ability, all enhanced by an incredible and energising public speaking ability. Brand falls into the category of being a true, rare legend in each of these fields. Every engagement I have had with Brand, as well as every presentation has not only been a source of knowledge, but also a source of inspiration".

Russell Loubser - Ex-CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
"I have listened to Brand many times, over many years, speaking on leadership, management and business lessons. I hope to listen to him for many more years. His vast marketing and executive experience at the most senior levels in corporate SA have provided him with insights that have to be shared. This he does with consummate ease and is always perfectly prepared".

Professor Nick Binedell - Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science
"Brand Pretorius is an outstanding business leader who I have had the privilege to get to know and work with over a number of years. He has remarkable insights into all aspects of business, in addition to his passion for marketing and marketing strategy. His integrity, sense of humor and deep commitment to his country ensure that he is a powerful presenter and communicator about the important ideas that business in South Africa desperately needs. His public speaking abilities are exceptional, and whenever I have the opportunity to hear him, I do so. I have no hesitation in recommending him".

Shabir Chohan - Chief Executive of Al Baraka Bank
"Brand is an eloquent speaker who captures the audience's full attention and we, at Al Baraka Bank, consider ourselves very fortunate in having had Brand address our head office management and staff on two occasions on service excellence and marketing. In his most charming and entertaining but yet factual manner, Brand kept us all captivated as he related us with tales drawn from his vast pool of experience and knowledge, the very essence of what marketing and service excellence really means in the workplace. Brand's experience in the field of customer service has been instrumental in imparting motivational tips to our staff and he is always receptive and encourages questions and discussions at the end of his speech to allow the audience to present their views, making him also an excellent listener".

Grant Gelink - Ex-Managing Partner, Deloitte Southern Africa
"In 2008 Brand Pretorius addressed our Annual Partner & Director Meeting on the subject of leadership. He left a message so inspirational, that three years later we still make reference to it. Without a single piece of paper in front of him, Brand spoke for a solid hour, captivating 300 of the brightest minds in Deloitte. His insights on leadership, courage in challenging times and the integrity of leaders in the 21st century had a profound impact on our audience. For me, it was certainly one of the most memorable presentations I have ever heard. We were most honoured to have Brand share his wisdom, which has inspired us to embrace the call for positive leadership in our firm and our country".
PRESENTATIONS by Brand Pretorius

Professional speaking topics :

The topics Brand has presented to local and international audiences include the following :

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