Ian Reid

Ian Reid, CEO of Platinum Black Consulting
Ian Reid, CEO of Platinum Black Consulting
IAN REED is originally a mining engineer, and was an assistant general manager of a large South African gold mine, with a turnover of over  R100m per month, controlling over 14 000 highly unionised employees, through five senior divisional heads.

His expertise, along with a degree in commerce, and a master’s degree in business administration, helped him in 1993 to start and develop Platinum Black, a professional consulting and management business, focused on structuring businesses for sustainable growth and profitability.

Platinum Black, situated in Cape Town, has a permanent staff of 4 highly qualified employees, and specialises in business assessments, restructuring, business optimisation and business turnarounds.

Although 90% of Platinum Black's clients are already successful, they know they can do better. "We do that for them."

Platinum Black also has extensive experience in start-ups, with Ian's expertise being in medium size business development with specific attention to strategy, business structure, cash flow optimisation and management.

Essentially, Platinum Black has been in operation for 18 years, and engages in change management and restructuring of small and medium sized businesses to create sustainable growth and ongoing profitability.

Accreditations and qualifications

B Comm, MBA, HNdt

Ian is a past chairperson of the board and non-executive director of Colibri Toweling. He is also past chairperson of ITS, an international information technology company, with American investment into South Africa.

He was also the treasurer of the Graduate School of Business Association in Cape Town, and is still a trustee of the GSBA Cape Educational Trust and the chairperson of the UCT GSB Alumni board.

Ian is also an appointed external examiner for the Executive MBA at UCT GSB, and currently mentors some of the UCT MBA’s in their focus on career change during or after their MBA.

What can Ian do for you:

He will continue to provide a guiding hand and the necessary objective assistance, drive and nurturing for any form of business and personal development. He is not afraid of confrontation, as he believes that this is one of the single most important reasons for the lack of optimisation of business.

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