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Westcon appoints group finance manager

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Business finance, especially careful budget planning, is imperative in this sensitive economic time, says Westcon's Sandra van Eeden.
Business finance, especially careful budget planning, is imperative in this sensitive economic time, says Westcon's Sandra van Eeden.

Westcon Group Southern Africa has appointed Sandra van Eeden as its group finance manager.

Van Eeden's long-term goal is to eventually run the finance department for Andries Coetzee, CFO at Westcon Group Southern Africa, so he can focus on the more strategic issues of the business.

Her immediate plan is to be able to provide back office support and make information available, as and when needed, in order to assist in informed decision-making that will drive the business forward.

"In my career, I have been given the responsibilities that have allowed me to grow my skills in finance, leadership, business processing, client relations and performance appraisal as well as report writing," she says.

Business finance, especially careful budget planning, is imperative in this sensitive economic time, adds Van Eeden.

The decrease in the value of the rand will reduce investors' confidence in SA, she adds. As a result, foreign investors will seek out more stable countries to invest in.

For SA companies, imported goods are now more expensive and therefore sales (of product) for IT companies could decline, Van Eeden says.

Companies that are exporting products however, have the opportunity to increase sales that are more profitable due, to the increase in the value of the dollar, she explains.

Van Eeden joins the company from her position as financial director at NCP Chlorchem.

She has been working in finance since 2001 and in that time she has held the position of accounting specialist, audit manager and various finance and admin management positions.

In her last position Van Eeden was responsible for the overall accounting function, including financial planning and reporting to the executive and senior management of the organisation on financial matters and results.

She is a qualified chartered accountant SA and is also registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Van Eeden holds a Bcom honours in accounting sciences as well as a certificate for theory in accounting sciences from University of Pretoria.

"I would like to extend a warm welcome to Sandra and I look forward to working with her toward the betterment of the company," says Coetzee.

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