Jaguar SA's Liaan Kretzschmar nominated for CFO Awards 2018
Liaan started in his current role in January 2014, after almost two years at Volvo Trucks
Jaguar Land Rover South Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa FD Liaan Kretzschmar has been nominated for the CFO Awards 2018. This is Liaan’s debut nomination.
The annual 'Oscars for South African CFOs', the CFO Awards recognise CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions, and awards them for outstanding performance and leadership.
Liaan started in his current role in January 2014, after almost two years at Volvo Trucks, where he was in charge of finance and administration across a number of truck and bus brands. Prior to that he held the position of Group Reporting Manager at the McLaren Group and was based at the famous McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England. In this role he interacted with the Formula One team, McLaren Automotive, and other diverse business entities within the McLaren Group.
Liaan grew up in Mpumalanga and obtained his BCom Accountancy degree at the University of the North-West. He then served his articles with KPMG, qualifying as a chartered accountant 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. He returned to South Africa at the start of 2012.
In a wide-ranging interview with CFO SA, Liaan spoke about leadership and the evolving role of the CFO.
“Ultimately, businesses want to all deliver and return a profit on the bottom line. That requires constant adaptation and adjustment, considering the pace of change in the world around us. The CFO plays an integral role in shaping responses and the development of appropriate strategies to respond to these changes and requires the CFO to understand the impact of changes on the business holistically, to shape the most appropriate response.” said Liaan.
Founded in 1922 in Coventry, England, Jaguar is a leading mutinational luxury car manufacturer that has been owned by Indian conglomerate Tata since 2008. Some 172 848 Jaguar vehicles were sold across the world in 2017 and £24,3 billion in revenue was realised by the Jaguar Land Rover group in 2016. The group employs upwards of 37 000 people.