New CEO for Group Five

25 September 2014

The board of construction and engineering group Group Five announced on Tuesday that it had appointed Eric Vemer as the company’s new CEO.

Vemer will start work on December 1, taking over from Mike Upton, who had approached the JSE-listed group’s retirement age.

The Group Five board said in a statement that Vemer’s appointment followed an “extensive selection process from a group of carefully selected and competitive internal and external candidates”.

The 49-year-old Vemer held a BSc (Hon) Civil Engineering (First Class) and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He had also recently completed an executive development programme at Harvard University, in the US.

He was a member of the group’s executive committee and MD of the strong performing Investment and Concessions cluster.

Vemer was also a key participant in the group’s strategy development group, leading many of the company’s acquisition and disposal activities, as well as empowerment transactions.  

By: Irma Venter


Photo: Duane Daws 

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