Along with his role as CFO, Bryan heads up finance, IT, HR, logistics and warehousing, and imports at Verimark.
Verimark CFO Bryan Groome, who happens to be the youngest CFO of a listed company, has been nominated for the 2020 CFO Awards, which will be taking place on 14 May.
At the annual ‘Oscars for South African finance professionals’, which is now in its seventh year, CFOs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions are recognised and rewarded for their outstanding performance and leadership.
Bryan became a qualified chartered accountant (SA) after serving his articles with Deloitte. Upon completing his articles, he joined Deloitte in San Jose, USA, where he worked as an audit senior, auditing a range of IT clients from new start-ups to NASDAQ listed companies.
When he returned to South Africa, Bryan joined Standard Bank, where he was involved in implementing a unique IT SAP system. He then served as the group financial manager at Car City Holdings for two years before he was appointed as a financial manager at Verimark in December 2015. He was subsequently appointed as financial director on 23 March 2016 and executive director of Verimark on 8 August 2016, making him the youngest financial director of a listed company. He was only 28 at the time.
In his role, Bryan is involved in all departments. He heads up finance, IT, HR, logistics and warehousing, and import. “I am also involved in retail, especially with regards to product ranging and optimal stock holdings. I have been fortunate to be involved in all aspects from product sourcing to final customer relations. In order to improve profitability, you need to understand all aspects of business and how each cost driver is affected by change,” he said.