Byron du Plessis, 35

Byron du Plessis is currently the Corporate CFO of MultiChoice Group Limited, having previously held various senior roles in the group including Head of Finance for MultiChoice South Africa and Corporate Financial Director of MultiChoice Africa. Byron’s current executive role encompasses leadership of the group finance function, MultiChoice South Africa’s operational finance executives, financial shared service and group treasury. Byron takes the lead on major M&A projects and has reporting responsibilities to the board, audit and risk committees. Rounding off a diverse portfolio, Byron holds the role of director in various companies across the group, both in South Africa and the Netherlands. Lastly, Byron is trustee of the group’s in-house medical aid and retirement funds.

Byron is proud to be part of a dynamic pan-African finance organisation within MultiChoice, leading over 300 finance professionals from administration to executive level. His leadership philosophy centres on ensuring finance is aligned to the group’s strategic pillars, a forward-thinking culture, hiring and retention of next level talent, encouraging his teams to develop by offering space and accountability, embracing global technologies and doing the right thing, no exceptions.

In recent years Byron has led multiple major corporate transactions including the listing of the MultiChoice Group and unbundling from Naspers in 2019, as well as the allocation of additional equity to the group’s empowerment scheme, Phuthuma Nathi. This was followed by the Phuthuma Nathi share swap offer in October 2019, which provided additional liquidity to over 80 000 B-BBEE shareholders. The results of these transactions included the listing of a new JSE Top 40 company and the unlocking of over R2,5 billion in value for Phuthuma Nathi.
In recent months, the emergence of COVID-19 has required Byron to be heavily involved in the execution of the group’s business continuity plans. These have been nimbly delivered with staff safety and wellness at the forefront of the group’s ethos. The group transitioned to working from home in March, with the 31 March 2020 results having been delivered entirely remotely and in record time. Rigorous scenario planning processes for the executive committee and board were also implemented.

Looking forward, Byron is excited to embrace the challenges of a post-COVID-19 world, in which ways of working will never be the same again. He believes that change, even under such trying circumstances, provides an innate opportunity to reinvent not only ourselves but also our businesses and the finance profession as a whole.

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