CFO Profile: Kevin Johnson | Howden Africa Holdings

Kevin Johnson | Chief Financial Officer | Howden Africa Holdings

Kevin Johnson, current CFO at Howden Africa, started his career serving as a manager at Blockbuster Entertainment Group. He later became CFO of Midtown Imagining LCC. At the audit practice of PrincewaterhouseCoopers LPP, he served as CPA, specializing in the Technology, Hospitality, Healtcare and Entertainment industries.

In 2001, Johnson started working as the Financial Director of Howden Australia. He then moved on to being the Financial Systems Director and Programme Director at Howden Group Ltd in the UK. In 2011, he started working for Howden Africa, where he is now serving as CFO and listed board member. Here, he has been in charge of a lot of modernization and restructuring, especially in the IT space. The lack of growth in the mining sector inspired Johnson to change the strategy to focus on the aftermarket, something he and the CEO had done before in Asia Pacific. "Even though our revenue dipped, our profit went up," says Johnson. When Johnson was asked to move from his current position to a much more lucrative one in the UK or US, he politely declined. He did so because his family liked the country and he did not feel like his job was finished yet. For his role as CFO at Howden Afrcia he got nominated for the CFO Awards 2015.

Mr. Johnson went to Queen's University Belfast where he became Bachelor of Science: Management and Economics. He then proceeded to acquire a Master in Business Administration at the University of Hasselt. Later on during his career he also studied accountancy at the Macquarie University and became a CPA in Australia.

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Date of birth:
9 September 1975
Nationality: British
CFO since: 1 March 2012

Other current positions:

  • Executive Director, Chairman of Governance Committee, Member of Exco Risk Committee and Member of Sustainability Committee, Chief Information Officer - Howden Africa Holdings Ltd


  • 2011 - Present: Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director and CIO - Howden Africa Holdings Ltd.
  • 2006 - 2011: Financial Systems Director and Programme Director - Howden Group Ltd
  • 2001 - 2006: Financial Director - Howden Australia


  • Macquarie University, Australia - MAcc
  • Hasselt University, Belgium - MBA
  • Queen's University Belfast - BSSC (Hons), Management and Economics
  • CPA Australia - Qualified Accountant

Howden Africa
Employees: 577
Sector: Industrials
Industry: Electrical Equipment
Sub-Industry: Comm & Res Bldg Equipment & Sys

Howden Africa Holdings Limited designs, manufactures, and markets specialized air, gas and liquid handling equipment for a wide range of industries located in southern Africa. The Company is divided into three principal business areas: fans and heat exchangers, air and gas cleaning products, and pumps and refrigeration systems.

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Annual report 2013
The Howden Africa business model continues to derive sustainable profits and margins from providing well-developed and trusted engineering solutions to a customer base that demands integrity and innovation.

The finance staff across the group has ensured the group has maintained a high standard of reporting to our stakeholders, and I thank my colleagues for their ongoing support.

  • Efficiency improvements in operations which resulted in marginal headcount changes, despite significant growth in sales.
  • Improved project execution underpinned a solid performance for the Environmental Control division in 2012.
  • designed, manufactured and installed the largest compressor ice plant package in one of the deepest mines in South Africa.
  • Continued to successfully develop our markets in the rest of Africa.


  • Maintain our competitive product and service supply by further improving
  • Operational processes and more effectively using our technology.
  • Growth in our mining and environmental control markets.
  • Continue to improve and enhance our customer service.
  • Continuous improvement in executing our large capital projects.

Source: Annual report 2013