Speakers Jannie Holtzhausen

Johannes (Jannie) Holtzhausen is the Chief Executive Officer of Spinneys Dubai LLC, a position he acquired in 2001. Namibian born, Jannie has worked almost his entire career in retail. After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch he joined South African retailer PEP stores where he progressed to Logistics Manager before being promoted to Managing Director of Ackermans. Before leaving South Africa to take up his current position with Spinneys, Jannie owned and managed a successful food business with his wife before returning to retail where Jannie was a director with Shoprite Checkers, Africa’s largest retailer.

Under his guidance as Chief Executive Officer the company has grown from seven to 70 stores across the Gulf region.

The veteran retailer is driving the company’s extensive plans for expansion, innovation and digital product development, with growth of 40% forecast by 2020. He will speak about the opportunities in the Gulf region for Irish businesses, particularly in the food and drink sector.

Michael Hussey, Bord Bia’s manager for the Middle East said that Mr Holtzhausen’s 46 years of insight and experience would prove invaluable to Irish companies looking to grow and diversify into new markets, and that his presentation would be a highlight of the 2018 conference.