ContinuitySA’s Willem Olivier named African Industry Personality of the year
Willem Olivier, General Manager: ContinuityAfrica, has been named Continuity and Resilience Industry Personality of the Year for 2019. The award was made at the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Africa Awards ceremony on 12 September 2019 at the Ballroom, Montecasino.
“The award is made to an individual who has added value to the industry over the past year. I had no hesitation in nominating Willem because of the sterling contribution he is making to strengthen the business continuity management and resilience industry in key African markets such as Kenya, Mauritius and Mozambique,” comments Michael Davies, CEO of ContinuitySA.
“He is taking our business to new heights in these countries, but, more importantly, he is doing great work in spreading awareness of BCM in the broader business and government sectors in these countries, as well as central banks.”
Olivier has a distinguished 20-year career in BCM behind him, and has made his mark across the whole African, Indian Ocean Islands and Middle Eastern region. During this time, he has made more than 150 trips to more than 23 countries. He is a Fellow of the BCI, and a member of the South African Development Community Chapter of the BCI. Over the course of his career, he has been a tireless ambassador for the BCI and its mission to professionalise the industry, and create a set of global standards for practitioners.
“It’s a very great honour for me to receive the recognition of my peers, and I am very grateful for this award,” says Olivier. “A strong and professional BCM industry is a prerequisite for Africa to take its rightful place in the global economy. I remain committed to helping organisations across the region become more resilient, and thus better able to integrate into global supply chains.”
ContinuitySA is Africa’s leading provider of business continuity management (BCM) and resilience services and has been helping the continent’s public and private organisations become more resilient for more than 30 years. Delivered by highly skilled experts, its fully managed services include ICT and cyber resilience, enterprise risk management, work area recovery and BCM advisory—all designed to enhance business resilience in an age of escalating threat. By helping clients understand their risk profile, and then develop an appropriate risk-mitigation strategy, including the ability to recover swiftly from a disaster, ContinuitySA provides peace of mind for all stakeholders.
ContinuitySA operates the continent’s biggest network of recovery centres, with more than 20 000m of space in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), the Western Cape (Tyger Valley), in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Mount Edgecombe) as well in Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya and Mauritius.
ContinuitySA is a Gold Partner of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and was inducted into the prestigious BCI Hall of Fame in 2016. It is also a Gold Partner of Veeam, a leading global provider of software enabling Disaster Recovery as a Service and Backup as a Service.
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