Newpark REIT: Dries Ferreira

Dries Ferreira has been the Chief Financial Officer of Newpark REIT since September 2016.

Dries’ tertiary education started in the Eastern Cape where he completed his BCom (Honours) degree in Accounting at the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University). Dries progressed his education by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) before attending Harvard Business School in Boston, USA where he successfully completed the Programme for Leadership Development.

As a keen sportsman Dries started his early career as a semi-professional cyclist representing South Africa on the international stage before settling into a formal corporate career where he started as an accountant working for PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (“PwC”) in South Africa and Montreal, Canada.  Dries started his management career in the polymer-products manufacturing industry and soon moved into larger challenges where he fulfilled the role of CFO and executive board member of JSE listed companies (logistics, manufacturing, services, property sectors). With more than 13 years of corporate experience Dries ventured into starting WellCapital, a company with its main focus to establish integrity, governance and real insight around sustainable business performance and assisting management teams to access next-level growth. 

Dries is a father of four young boys and in his spare time a member of the management teams of various philanthropic organisations focusing on elevating the quality of education in rural areas as well as the spiritual wellness of people.

2016 – Present    Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director Newpark REIT
2016 – Present    Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, WellCapital
2007 – 2016         CFO, Distribution and Warehousing Network Ltd
2005 – 2007         Group Financial Controller, Distribution and Warehousing                                              Network Ltd
2004 – 2005         Factory Controller, Astrapak Ltd
2001 – 2004         Trainee, PwC

2008 – 2008         Harvard Programme for Leadership Development, Business                                        Administration Management
2004                       CA(SA) SAICA
1997 – 2000         B.Com, Honours, CA, Nelson Mandela University

About Newpark REIT Ltd: Newpark is a property holding and investment company focused on well-situated A-grade properties. It currently holds a R1.34 billion portfolio, comprising two prime commercial buildings in the Sandton CBD and two industrial buildings in Linbro Business Park and Crown City respectively and is looking to acquire further similar assets in pursuit of its investment objectives. Newpark is led by a team of individuals with significant experience and successful track records in the property industry. 

Newpark reported a revenue of R109.663 million in 2017.