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Brand Pretorius

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Brand Pretorius is widely known in South Africa as “Mr Motor”. He was managing director of Toyota South Africa Marketing from 1988 to 1995, and then at the head of the McCarthy Group, where he was equally successful. Under his guidance Toyota became the market leader in terms of both sales and customer satisfaction. It is widely acknowledged that Pretorius played the pivotal role in saving McCarthy from insolvency in the early 2000s.
 
Originally from the Free State, he graduated from the University of the Free State with a masters degree in Business Economics. He currently holds Honorary Professorship at his alma mater and the University of Johannesburg, and is also a Fellow at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. During his career spanning 38 years he was the recipient of numerous national business, marketing and leadership awards. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife Tillie. The couple have three sons.
 
Brand Pretorius serves on numerous boards, including that of Reunert, Tongaat Hulett and the ABSA Group. He is a popular business speaker and leadership coach, and he still finds the time to drive a campaign to get rural school children reading.

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