Johannesburg - Leon Viljoen has been appointed as the new chief executive officer for ABB South Africa and manager for southern Africa
effective from March 1 2013.
This follows the appointment of current CEO Carlos Poñe as
CEO of ABB United Arab Emirates (UAE) and manager of Southern Gulf (UAE‚ Qatar‚
Oman) and Pakistan‚ with effect from February 1 2013‚ the power and automation
technology group said on Monday.
Poñe has been employed by ABB for 20 years‚ 14 of which he
served as CEO for South Africa and manager for southern Africa.
During this period he also served as the chairperson of the
ABB South Africa board of directors. As southern Africa manager‚ he has been
responsible for growing ABB’s business within the developing countries of the
Viljoen joins ABB from Powertech where he was chief operating officer.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (electrical and electronic) from the Rand Afrikaans University, now the University of
Johannesburg, and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.
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