Boxmore Packaging, a leading provider of rigid plastic packaging on the African continent and Indian Ocean Islands, has officially announced its appointment of Leonard (Len) Engelbrecht as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment follows the resignation of predecessor, Clynt Levin who retired in February 2016 due to ill health.
Engelbrecht joined the dynamic packaging company in August 2015 as Group Financial Director, bringing with him a wealth of experience in professional services, banking and steel manufacturing sectors. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Engelbrecht boasts solid financial and business performance experience, but also has a passion and innate talent for strategic management and commercial thinking.
Richard Tunstall, representing Investec Equity Partners on the Boxmore Packaging board, commented on the appointment saying, “Len is a very ambitious, strategic entrepreneur with a passion for business. He also has strong financial discipline, combined with international experience, and a proficiency in merger and acquisition integration; all incredibly valuable abilities in a fast-paced, 24-hour packaging industry. Furthermore, he possesses the type of leadership skills that we believe are aligned to grow the Boxmore business from the solid foundation that has already been established.”
Adding to this, David Drew, Boxmore’s Chief Commercial Officer noted, “The Boxmore Way is a philosophy that is deeply entrenched in our business. It means many things to our staff, but simply, it is a conscious behaviour that defines our culture and attitudes. We pride ourselves on the fact that our people love working at Boxmore and naturally, the leadership influences this. Len truly understands this, as he has well developed interpersonal skills and serves as a mentor to staff.”
As the newest member of the Boxmore Packaging board, Engelbrecht is proud to be elected for the CEO position. He described, “I feel privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility. Boxmore’s success can be attributed to its commitment to continuous investment in technology, the right people and its unique business model, and I aim to uphold this legacy, while challenging the status quo to keep evolving and growing.”
A few months into his role, Engelbrecht has delved deep into the belly of Boxmore Packaging and is looking for the next wave of growth, as well as how to reinvent the company to adapt to the changing dynamic, and complex nature of business.
Already, the business has undergone some changes to rebuild for a future that’s aligned to the growth strategy. The non core divisions were sold off and some strategic appointments have been made.
One of these appointments includes that of Sharin Sweet to the board as Group Sales Director. Sweet’s role is crucial to remaining ‘in touch’ with the market. As a dedicated resource on sales and customers, she can manage customer behaviour, monitor trends and now be empowered to make decisions. Other additions to the core team includes both young and talented individuals; Kieron Johnstone as Group Finance Executive, and Hannes Doman as Group Manufacturing Manager.
When questioned about the future plans for Boxmore Packaging, Engelbrecht revealed, “There’s no room to be stagnant or complacent. We want to be the consistent leader in PET in SADC and Indian Ocean Islands. Internally, we assess the market and consumer behaviours, which gives us a good sense of were things are going. Further opportunities for growth are linked to a growing middle class in Africa, the correlating growth in FMCG based on GDP, as well as the conversion from other forms of packaging to PET. We are also ideally positioned to take advantage of the bottled water market.”
Boxmore Packaging has recently gone through strategic acquisitions that have seen it significantly increase its capacity and competence, “Our current focus is on organic growth and expanding capacity, however, we are open to further acquisitions and will always look where it makes sense, and where there are synergies in product ranges,” said Engelbrecht.
In his spare time, Engelbrecht enjoys playing golf and being outdoors with his family. Having been married for almost ten years, Engelbrecht stresses the importance of being able to balance the time required to run Boxmore Packaging and being available to his wife and two children, aged five and three.