Omnia Holdings: Wayne Koonin

Wayne Koonin has been Group Finance Director since August 2014 until February 2019.

Interview: Be sharper, more agile and more responsive, says Wayne Koonin.

Wayne Kooning was appointed Group Finance Director of Omnia Holdings in 2014 after a diverse and challenging career path. He has extensive international experience at CFO/Financial Director level, having worked for various Canadian, British, Swiss and South African mining companies with listings on the AIM, ASX, JSE, NASDAQ and TSX exchanges. This provided him with exposure to various international regulatory issues, reporting standards and transactions. He was a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) South Africa Awards and winner of the Finance and Technology category 2017.

After transforming the chemical behemoth’s information technology and business systems, Wayne is stimulated Omnia’s growing appetite for acquisitions. “Omnia is an incredibly complex business with a lot of depth and an unlimited number of challenges, which suits my personality,” he says. "What I’ve done in 20 years, many people don’t cover in 40 years, so it has provided a steep learning curve and the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in various disciplines." 

He resigned from Omnia on 1 February 2019 and left the company in March 2019.

He has a B.Com in Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Work
2014 – 2019             Group Finance Director, Omnia Holdings
2014 – 2014             Finance Director Designate, Omnia Holdings
2012 – 2013             Coal of Africa
2011 – 2012             Financial Director, Coal of Africa
2009 – 2011             Chief Financial Officer, Platmin

Education
1995 – 1996             BCom, Accounting, University of the Witwatersrand 

About Omnia Holdings: Omnia Holdings Limited is a diversified chemicals group with specialised services and solutions for the agriculture, mining and chemicals industries. Using technical innovation combined with intellectual capital, Omnia adds value for customers at every stage of the supply and service chain. As a group, Omnia creates customer wealth by leveraging knowledge.

Omnia Holdings has 4 366 employees in 24 countries. the Omnia Holdings Group reported a revenue of R16 269 million in 2017. Profit after tax was R592 million.