RUE MO­RAIS (34)

Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

CFO: Dis-Chem, Jo­han­nes­burg At just 28 years of age, Mo­rais be­came CFO at Dis-Chem and since then, he’s played a cru­cial role in its phe­nom­e­nal growth. The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal re­tail brand ex­panded from 35 to 140 stores since he first joined in 2009, ex­tend­ing be­yond SA into Namibia. Mo­rais and his team have their sights set on mov­ing fur­ther into SADC coun­tries and reach­ing 200 out­lets soon. With that level of am­bi­tion, it’s no won­der that he walked away with three ac­co­lades at this year’s CFO of the Year Awards, in­clud­ing Young CFO of the Year, Strat­egy Ex­e­cu­tion and Fi­nance & Tech­nol­ogy. Mo­rais says he’s proud­est of the Strat­egy Ex­e­cu­tion Award be­cause the big­ger-pic­ture task of gen­er­at­ing long-term re­turns for the com­pany most ap­peals to him, as he demon­strated with the key role he played in the list­ing of Dis-Chem on the JSE in 2016. “I’m an op­er­a­tional share­holder of the group and, as such, I see my­self as com­pletely aligned with DisChem,” he says. “As it stands, my role en­com­passes more than just fi­nance: I in­volve my­self in all as­pects of the busi­ness. I en­joy the strate­gic and op­er­a­tional chal­lenges and be­lieve they’ll be a big­ger part of my port­fo­lio go­ing for­ward,” he says.

“I’m an op­er­a­tional share­holder of the group and, as such, I see my­self as com­pletely aligned with Dis-Chem.”

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