Gert Hofhuis

Cape Town

My career in general management spans over 33 years, during which time I have gained wide-ranging practical experience in integrated multi-modal logistics, freight forwarding and 3rd party supply chain management in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes three expatriate assignments in Swaziland, Malawi and Nigeria, and covers the various disciplines within logistics (3PL), freight forwarding and shipping, breakbulk and containerized freight, international supply chain management (SCM) & development (SCD), cold chain logistics, warehousing & distribution (B2B & B2C), bulk road haulage, express parcel freight (road & air) as well as cross-border road transportation.

The most recent 14 years of my career have been closely aligned to retail and FMCG logistics, shipping and freight forwarding, along with Oil and Gas exploration logistics services, with a strong bias towards business retention and development, customer relationship management and supply chain optimisation. I have negotiated and concluded several noteworthy transactions at C-level with a number of blue-chip local and global corporates and MNCs, delivering to them a range of third-party logistics, warehousing, distribution, supply chain management, freight forwarding and global procurement management services and solutions. During my career I have had exposure to a number of business sectors that include FMCG, retail, apparel, agriculture, commodities, automotive, petrochemical, Oil & Gas exploration, electronics, domestic housewares and appliances and on-line fulfilment for the retail sector.

I am a hands-on leader with a sound understanding of finance and budgeting, strategic management, turn-around strategies, operations, project management, marketing, sales, business development, client relationship management as well as human resource development and industrial relations.