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DR WP (BILL) VENTER

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Date of birth: 
29 July 1934
Qualifications: 

 DPhil (BusMan)  (UJ);  MPhil (BusMan)  (UJ – cum laude); MBA (Wales);  DCom (hc) (UP, UFS and UPE);  DSc (Eng) (hc) (Natal);  DEng (hc)  (Wits);  C Eng (UK);  and F.I.E.E. (UK).

Titles: 

 

  • Non-executive director of Altron/Chairman Emeritus (from 1 March 2017)

 

Experience

Bill is a UK-qualified chartered engineer and founder of Altron, through Allied Electric in 1965 and recipient of the Order of Meritorious Service (Gold), as awarded by the State President of South Africa for his significant contribution to South Africa’s electronics and telecoms industries.

He has devoted some 52 years to entrepreneurial and managerial endeavours and initiatives in the electronics, telecommunications and power electrical industries, both in South Africa and the UK, firstly as an electrical design engineer at GEC, then marketing manager at STC (SA) and thereafter as founder, chief executive and later as chairman of the Altron group.

He has played an important role in developing the South African electronics and electrical industries into the key component of the national economy that it is today.

Previously, Bill was the chairman of the CSIR, director of AMIC Limited, Nedcor Bank Limited and director of the Export Council of South Africa as well as a member of the State President’s Economic Advisory committee

 

Joined the Altron board in 1980.