Major restructuring at local OEM

August 27th, 2018, Published in Articles: Vector

Newly-appointed Major Tech CEO Howard Earley succeeded Pat Shaw in his position as of 1 June 2018. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial, general and operational management, having served as chief operating officer at Plessey and as chief executive officer at Inala Technologies, now Jabil Energy Africa, respectively.

His appointment as Major Tech CEO followed the retirement of the company’s financial director earlier this year and coincided with the recent restructuring of Major Tech into two business units: VETI and Major Tech.

The VETI business unit includes the VETI and VETI 2 product ranges, as well as miniature circuit breakers, decorative lighting and lighting automation, and falls under the general management of André le Roux. The Major Tech business unit is headed by Werner Grobelaar and includes the Instruments; Tools; Security Lighting; Batteries and DIY divisions.

The restructuring process at the OEM started shortly after Earley’s appointment as CEO and was finalised in June this year.

“We decided to split Major Tech into two business units, so that we would not lose focus on either unit. To facilitate this process, we recruited staff to give us more substance in the market,” says Earley.

He says Major Tech is well-positioned to cater for its markets and does not aim to increase its number of product ranges, but to broaden existing ranges.

“We plan to expand the sub-Sahara Africa region but the focus is currently on consolidating the South African base.”

Major Tech’s former CEO and founder Pat Shaw now serves as the company’s executive chairman.







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