Omnia's Wayne Koonin nominated for CFO Awards 2018
Wayne has completed a trifecta of nominations, after also receiving recognition in 2017 and 2016
Omnia CFO Wayne Koonin has once again been nominated for the CFO Awards. This follows the industrious executive’s victory in the Finance & Technology category in 2017 for leading a strategy to implement a new, company-wide ERP system and IT platform as a basis for taking the business to a new level. Wayne was also nominated in 2016.
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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.
A former financial and executive director at Coal of Africa, and CFO at both Platmin and Ivanhoe Nickel and Platinum, Wayne has an extensive legal and financial background and has served at board level in a number of sectors.
The University of Toronto and Wits graduate has had exposure to various international regulatory issues, reporting standards and transactions, and has developed a portfolio of experience covering IT, legal, corporate finance and strategy. Unlike many of his peers, Wayne has had the opportunity to be involved in many corporate turnarounds, dealing with a range of very complex issues in the process. He is now spearheading Omnia’s acquisition drive.
“Business grows and finance improves through a focus on systems – that is my thesis. I have built my career around not being a stereotypical FD. Omnia is a great opportunity to put my experience to good use, and also for me to learn and continue to grow at a senior level,” he told CFO South Africa in an interview.
Established in 1953, Omnia is a diversified chemicals group with specialised services and solutions for the agriculture, mining and chemicals industries. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa and with operations in 18 countries in Africa, including South Africa, and six countries outside of Africa, Omnia has more than six decades’ experience in the business. Additionally, Omnia continues to grow its global footprint, with business units in Australasia, Brazil, and regions such as Europe, South America and South East Asia.