Robbie Taylor, BCom, CA(Z), has been appointed as the new CFO Africa from 1 September. Robbie studied at the University of Cape Town before becoming a chartered accountant in Zimbabwe.
He has spent many years as a successful CFO in a number of large consumer-focused organisations in South Africa, working as part of the team which drove the public listing of Country Bird Holdings and health and well-being company, Ascendis Health and more recently as the CFO of Travel Start.
Alongside this he has set up and run his own financial consulting business since 2016 focusing on boutique mergers and acquisitions in the education and travel sector.
Following a stint as Group FD of Crest Breeders International (Pvt) Ltd in Zimbabwe, he emigrated to South Africa in 2002. He then joined HL Hall and Sons Limited as their Financial Director with appointments on all of the subsidiary boards. His management expertise was recognised, and he was then appointed as Exports Director from 2002 to 2006. Robbie served as Group Financial Director of Country Bird Holdings Limited and served as its Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2012.
He was an Executive Director of Ascendis Health Limited from 2012 until 2015. He has participated in the Executive Development Programme at GIBS and qualified as a CA with Deloitte and Touche in Zimbabwe in 1995.