Sea Point man awarded

2017-05-16 06:00
Sea Point businessman Paul Berman has been awarded by an international leadership organisation.

Sea Point businessman Paul Berman has been awarded by an international leadership organisation.

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A Sea Point businessman has been honoured with international recognition.

Paul Berman was awarded the Alexander L Cappello Award in recognition of his work with the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) in Africa.

YPO is a leadership organisation of chief executives with more than 24 000 members in more than 130 countries.

The award is YPO’s highest honour for membership development. The award is given to members who demonstrate commitment to the recruitment of new members and their diversity, and expanding the organisation.

Berman joined YPO in 1998 and was chairperson of the Africa region from 2013 to 2015.

“The biggest challenge was uniting the region and changing the perception of Africa,” says Berman.

Berman chose to reinvigorate and instil pride in Africa, and focused on mentoring young business leaders.

“I wanted to send into the world young business leaders who are uniquely equipped to contribute positively to their societies and communities and, in that way, contribute to a better and more equitable world,” says Berman.

“This has been an incredible leadership journey for me. Quite apart from the invaluable lessons to be learnt from my peers throughout the world, Africa is indeed rising. Leading the continent for YPO gave me an irreplaceable opportunity to travel to countries I’d never visited and meet people who were truly inspirational. The award is really a recognition of everyone in YPO in Africa who worked with me.”

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