Meet CFO Awards 2016 nominee Walter Leonhardt, FD of ABI

Walter Leonhardt | Financial Director | ABI

Walter Leonhardt - current Financial Director of Amalgamated Beverage Industries - has a strong background in finance and business support. He started working for SAB in 1997, where he maganed to work his way up form District Accountant to Financial Manager. In 2007, Leonhardt left SAB and started working as a Financial Manager Operations for ABI, a subsidiary of SAB.

Mister Leonhardt had gained extensive experience in the beverage sector and became Financial Director of ABI in 2009. For his work as the FD of ABI, Leonhardt was nominated for the CFO Awards 2016.


2009 - present

Financial Director, abi

2007 - 2009

Financial Manager Operations, abi

2003 - 2007

Financial Manager Sales & Distribution, SAB

2002 - 2003

Financial Manager Isando Region, SAB

1998 - 2002

Area Manager Sales & Distribution, SAB

1997 - 1998

Distribution Manager, SAB

1995 - 1996

District Accountant, SAB

1995 - 1995

Manager Business Advisory Services, PwC

1992 - 1994

Atricle Clerk, PwC

1989 - 1991

Bursar Student, Anglovaal

Advanced Labour Law - University of South Africa
CA(SA), Accounting, Tax Accounting - PAAB
(Hons) B.Compt, Accounting, Tax, Auditing - University of the Free State
Hoerskool Sentraal


About the company:
ABI Bottling is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAB and is a bottling partner of Coca-Cola South Africa. It is the biggest bottler for Coca-Cola South Africa representing just under 60% of Coca-Cola's volumes in South Africa. ABI Bottling operates in four sales regions, namely: Central, North, South and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Its territory extends to Gauteng, North West, parts of the Free State and KZN. It has five manufacturing and distribution plants situated at Midrand, Devland, Pretoria, Phoenix and Premier (KZN). ABI has 3200 employees and four sales regions.