ShapeShifter

Meet Peter Mountford, the greatest South African CEO you’ve never heard about

Cy Jacobs (36One) and Duncan Artus (Allan Gray) – two of South Africa’s most respected fund managers – once called Super Group CEO Peter Mountford the country’s most underrated CEO.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mountford for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Mountford – a Chartered Accountant with an MBA from Warwick University - is famed for transforming Super Group (a transport logistics company) from a near-bankrupt, R350 million firm into a R10 billion behemoth in just six years (today it's worth R13 billion).

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

We drove well over R250 million of costs from the group.

Peter Mountford, Super Group

I’m a Johannesburg boy through and through.

Peter Mountford, Super Group

Much of what I learned; I learned there [SAB].

Peter Mountford, Super Group

Lion Match was the world’s lowest cost match producer. We really thought that business had a lot of legs.

Peter Mountford, Super Group

I also worked at Super Group in the 1990s… I had some concerns, but left on a good footing.

Peter Mountford, Super Group

We had a plan, but there was an awful lot of luck.

Peter Mountford, Super Group

The most critical thing in business is to treat it as though it is your own.

Peter Mountford, Super Group

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