Jaguar Land Rover South Africa: Liaan Kretzschmar

Liaan Kretzschmar has been Finance Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa since January 2014.

InterviewLiaan Kretzschmar

Liaan grew up and went to school in Mpumalanga and obtained his B.Com Accountancy degree at the University of the North-West. He then served his articles with audit, tax and consulting firm, KPMG, qualifying as a Chartered Account in 2007. In early 2008 he went abroad, joining the audit division of KPMG’s Gatwick Office in West Sussex, England. McLaren was at first an audit client during his time with KPMG and then became his employer, when Liaan made his move into the world of commerce in May 2010.

Liaan joined the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) team with the objective of providing financial oversight and strategic financial guidance, while at the same time keeping rigorous control of all financial aspects of the business. His various qualifications; including M.Comm South African and International Taxation, B Comm (Hons) Chartered Accountancy and Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) will stand him in good stead in the execution of these duties.

Says Liaan: “Having overall financial responsibility for JLR SA and SSA is a great opportunity for me, but brings with it great responsibility and unique challenges: the South African market is highly competitive in the premium segments in which we are represented. Managing the threats, together with such challenges as the exchange rate volatility, certainly makes my job interesting. In addition, our nine sub-Saharan markets are a melting pot of political, cultural, regulatory and other challenges. Africa is exceptionally important as a future market and Jaguar Land Rover needs to be well positioned to capitalise on growth opportunities.”

Work
2014 – Present        Finance Director, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa
2012 – 2013            Regional Manager, Southern Africa – Volvo Business Services
2012 – 2012            Chief Accountant, Volvo Trucks
2010 – 2012            Group Reporting Manager, McLaren Group, UK
2008 – 2010            Audit Assistant Manager, KPMG, UK
2005 – 2007            Trainee Chartered Accountant, KPMG, South Africa

Education
2005 – 2006            M.Com (Tax), South African & International Taxation, NWU
2004 – 2004            Hons. (B.Com) Chartered Accountancy, NWU
1997 – 2000            B.Com Accounting, Chartered Accountancy, NWU

About Jaguar Land Rover SA: Jaguar Land Rover is an innovative mobility company, shaping the technology revolution as they move from the internal combustion engine to autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.

In fiscal 2016/17 Land Rover Jaguar reported sales of 604 009 vehicles up from 521 571 the year before. Global revenue was 24.3 billion pounds (22.3 billion in 2015/16) There are 40 265 people employed globally. Their product portfolio has received 213 awards.