Willie Oosthuysen

Willie Oosthuysen is currently Group Executive: Technology and Strategy at JSE-listed Allied Electronics Ltd (Altron). Altron has an annual turnover of about R30 billion rand with global operations.

Responsible to support the CEO of the Altron group with the main four drivers of shareholder value:
· Setting and managing investor expectations
· Incremental revenue growth strategies
· Maintaining and improving operating margins
· Ensuring asset efficiencies and maximum monetization of company assets.

During the past 2 years he was responsible for the integration of Altech and Bytes into a new company known as Altron TMT. The Department of Science and Technology hosts the Technology Top 100 awards annually that recognises companies that create sustainability through Innovation. Altech has received the award for most innovative and sustainable large enterprise for the past 4 years as a result of the work of the office of the CTO.

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Portfolio of Altron has grown more than 400% during the past 3 years, with 41 new patents and multiple protected designs lodged in the past year, multiple of those internationally. Dr Oosthuysen was invited in 2014 by the Colombia Business School in New York to present a 3-day seminar to the MBA students on the management of the lifecycle of an IPR portfolio in emerging markets. He has presented various business and technology topics at more than a hundred international conferences globally.

A respected executive with more than 25 years of technology and business experience, Dr Oosthuysen formerly held various Systems Engineering Director positions at the multinational company Cisco Systems for 12 years. He managed various geographic regions for Cisco, which included Russia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He spent five years on international assignments, building new business territories for Cisco in the Emerging markets, working from Paris France. During this time, his teams designed or assisted with designs and provided quality assurance for some of the most important data centres, router and switched networks in these regions, being instrumental in the introduction of broadband and converged networks within many major South African networks (service