Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. He is responsible for the strategic and corporate growth of the markets under his purview. In his current role, his key focus is to augment synergies within the sub-region by leveraging personnel and business competencies available to strengthen service and market portfolio of each sub-region.
With over two decades of experience, Niranjan started his career with SKF Bearings India Pvt. Ltd. In 1995, he made an unconventional move to join a five-member team at TÜV SÜD. He then qualified to become a Lead Auditor for management system certification ISO 9001, QS 9000, VDA 6.1 and TS 16949. During this tenure, he performed audits and training in many markets across the globe such as USA, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, ASEAN and South Asia.
In 1998, he was appointed the head of South India region for TÜV SÜD South Asia. After managing this portfolio for over eight years, Niranjan was appointed as Vice President- Product Services, with the thrust to set up the Product Services portfolio in South Asia. He was instrumental in establishing a network of state-of-the-art laboratories for food, textiles and leather along with planning and implementation of market expansion strategy.
In 2009, he was appointed CEO of TÜV SÜD South Asia where he was responsible for the firm’s growth across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Under his leadership, TÜV SÜD South Asia witnessed exponential growth in new business areas, expanded its product offerings and double digit financial growth.
Brought up in Mumbai, Niranjan is a Mechanical Engineer and has Masters’ degree in Management from Pune University in India. He is an avid reader and enjoys travelling and cross-country trekking.
Mr. Klaus Langner was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the TÜV SÜD South & South-East Asia, Middle East & Africa region on July 1, 2017. In this role, he is responsible for financial and risk management, corporate development, strategic planning, performance management and corporate governance in this vast and diverse market. Prior to this appointment, Klaus was the CFO for the ASEAN region at TÜV SÜD.
Before joining TÜV SÜD, Klaus was a Partner & Managing Director at a leading strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, and brings 16 years of experience in consulting top management on corporate and business unit strategy. He also served as a consultant for the United Nations World Food Program in East Timor and is a passionate advocate for non-profit causes related to improving children welfare, education, disaster and humanitarian relief.
After living in Germany and the United States, Klaus has been based in Singapore since 2001 and worked throughout Asia Pacific. He holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Leon Nel is the joint Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD South Africa, responsible for Industry Services, TÜV SÜD Pro-Tec, Inspection Authority and Real Estate Services. Appointed to the role in October 2014, he is responsible for strategy and risk management, corporate development, strategic planning, performance management and corporate governance. Prior to this appointment, Leon was the Managing Director of TÜV SÜD South Africa Pro-Tec. He is situated in the TÜV SÜD regional office in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
Leon was a founder member of Pro-Tec Inspection and NDT Services in 1996 and joined TÜV SÜD when the company was acquired 2011. His experience is mainly focused on the inspection activities in the power generation sector related to maintenance and new build activities, and the related QA/QC, Project Management and NDT activities related.
Ferose Oaten is the joint CEO of TÜV SÜD South Africa, responsible for the divisions of Mobility and Business Assurance (Management System Certifications). She has been in this role since October 2014. She serves as an Executive Director on the various TÜV SÜD legal entities in South Africa. In 2010, TÜV SÜD partnered with her company, AVTS Roadworthy Stations to enter the market into South Africa, and this positive association continues today.
Ferose holds an Executive MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business. She serves on the Boards of industry bodies, like the Retail Motor Industry organisation in South Africa, as well as serving as the President for Africa of CITA (International Vehicle Inspection Committee), head-quartered in Brussels.
Makhup Nyama is a Non-Executive Director of TÜV SÜD South Africa, since 2015. He represents Kapela Investment Holdings on the TÜV SÜD Board. Kapela is a BEE Investment company with interests in various companies like, Marsh Africa, Xon and others. He joined Kapela in 2008, where he is a shareholder and Executive Director at Kapela. Makhup started his career with IBM as a Systems Engineer in the Financial Sector, and progressed by joining Telkom as their Regional Sales Manager. He then joined Argil Intellect as Managing Director in the Consulting Division, and the company went through a tremendous growth path. He joined Grintek Limited as the CEO of the Telecommunications Division, and went on to become the Group CEO of Saab Grintek, which under his leadership, grew more than 100% in turnover from 2004/5 to 2007.
Makhup holds a B.Com from the University of the North, a post-graduate diploma in Marketing, as well as an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand
Chris Mbere is the Operations Director of TÜV SÜD Inspection Authority. Chris has been in the inspection of pressure equipment field since 1994, when he joined SASOL Synfuel. In 2005, he joined TUV Rheinland QC in their power generation division supporting the resident Inspectors at Eskom and Municipal power stations. In 2008, he was appointed as the Managing Director within the group until December 2019. During this time, he had the further responsibility of project managing the new built projects of Kusile and Medupi. Chris joined TÜV SÜD Inspection Authority as Quality Manager and is responsible for the Operations of the organisation.
Trained as an Artisan (Fitter) T3 in Mechanical Engineering at Vaal Triangle Technikon, he went on to become qualified in various roles, including Competent Pressure Vessels Inspector, Competent Boiler Inspector and Inspector of Pressurised Equipment. Chris also completed a MDP (Management Development Programme) in Cologne, Germany.
Mark Gedult is the Managing Director and shareholder of TÜV SÜD South Africa Real Estate Services (Pty) Ltd, Consulting Lift and Escalator Engineers, which is a level 2 contributor to B-BBEE. Mark started his career at Otis Elevator Company in 1981 where he stayed for 18 years. He then joined WAC Projects in 2000, which was subsequently acquired by TÜV SÜD in 2013.
Mark holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the UCT Graduate School of Business (2008), Diploma in Business Management from Damelin Business School (1993), National ‘N’ Diploma from Athlone Technical College (1992). He is a Registered Lift Inspector with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and is registered as a Technical Assessor (Inspection Bodies) for SANAS (South African National Accreditation System)
Rivaaj Garibdass is responsible for the Business Assurance Division of TÜV SÜD South Africa, which includes management system certification [ISO 9001 / 14001 / 45001 & IATF]. He was appointed to this role in November 2020, after having worked for the South African Bureau of Standards in various rules, including being Lead Auditor in both the Electro-technical and Services Divisions. He started off his career at Telkom SA as a Technician, CNFO and Network Operations. He then moved to Group Internal Audit with Vodacom for both their local and African operations. He also served as a Team Leader and Radio Engineer for the 45th SANAE Expedition to Antarctica with the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Rivaaj is based at the TÜV SÜD Regional office in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Noor Samodien is the Mobility Manager for TÜV SÜD South Africa, based at the Head Office in Cape Town. His responsibilities include oversight and quality control over vehicle inspections, vehicle assessments for intake / buyback and remarketing appraisals. In addition, he is also responsible for IT Development, Training (courseware analysis and design) and Quality Management within Mobility.
Following his original course of study of Electrical Engineering (Light Current), he started with partner company AVTS Roadworthy Stations in 1994, and became an Examiner of Vehicles, and worked himself up through the ranks, becoming a Branch Manager, and then the Manager responsible for Operations. He was also qualified as a certified TÜV SÜD Vehicle Inspector in Frankfurt, Germany. He is registered Skills Development Facilitator, Assessor and Training Facilitator.
He was the Project Manager for the training of Vehicle Examiners in Port Louis, Mauritius over a 3-year period, and supported our client in the commissioning of a multi-lane automated vehicle examination centre from 2014 to 2016. Back home, he managed the implementation of Truck assessments using the TÜV SÜD IT Software system. Currently, his focus is on Remarketing Appraisals for a major OEM in South Africa.
He is married and has twin boys, enjoys good food and keeping fit.
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