Shlomi Podgaetz

Strategy Director at Dell Technologies + Angel investor, Entrepreneur and Start-up Mentor

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I'm results-driven, ingenious and a natural problem solver with a focus on translating strategy into action. I have developed an “Humanizing strategy” approach which puts people at the heart of things, creates accountability and ultimately drives results and successful implementation of ideas. Advisor for multiple start-ups with key focus on growth hacking and scaling up operations. My involvement tends to be hands-on and taking responsibility to achieve results as if part of the team and not purely advisory. Mentor in a few Start-up accelerator programs. Hands-on experience leading a company and its operations on a day to day basis while ensuring teamwork and employee satisfaction. Extensive experience in recruiting, coaching, performance management and training. Consistent record of leading strong collaborative business partnerships and motivating and growing successful multi-disciplinary teams that can tackle complex problems. My experience is across industries from mining, energy, construction, pharma, transport and logistics, public sector to technology. Key areas of expertise include: Creating and implementing strategies, Operational Efficiency, Organizational Design & Operating Model Redesign, Procurement and Supply Chain Optimization. Core skills include: highly experienced client and people leader with great interpersonal skills; extremely adaptable and effective in multicultural and international environments; exceptional problem solver and pragmatic analytical thinker; self-motivated and able to work under extreme pressure.

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Work experience

Apr 2019 - Present

Dell Technologies

Strategy Director

Jan 2010 - Present

Rizasmart Consulting

Managing Director

My role involves business development, project delivery and the internal operations of the firm. Consulting - Focus on helping companies implement their strategies • Strategy: Ran strategic process and market research for a $2B multi-national Construction company that culminated in a defined strategy and required initiatives to drive its implementation • Growth Strategy: Analyzed growth opportunities and determined potential acquisition for a mid-tier platinum mining company which pursued it until commodity downturn put the transaction on hold • Operations: Increased productivity by 15% on underground mining teams by conducting project to uncover the root causes of lost blasts by underground mining teams and implementing changes • Market Analysis: Researched the tender markets for specialized drugs in 6 target countries and analyzed how different Pharma companies adapt their production capacity in response to tenders • Operating model: Developed new operating model for underground mining teams based on workforce up-skilling over 5 years and improved role clarity and accountability with aim of increasing productivity • Organizational Redesign: Implemented a complete top structure reorganization at a top mining company • Procurement: Led team that reduced procurement spend from 7 to 23% on certain commodities for a mine Start-Up Advisory and Investments • Led growth strategy to scale to 50+ staff for FinTech (Ovamba) that provide trade financing for SME’s • Achieved a 250% sales increase for a direct to consumer CPG company through a people-centric sales strategy • Mentor on multiple Start-up accelerator programs: Founders Institute, Allan Grey Orbis and I’m In Accelerator • Originated and led the successful acquisition of an Airline Maintenance Business (MRO) by investor group

May 2012 - Jun 2015

Africawide Consulting

Associate Director

Africawide is a management consulting firm, focused on partnering with organisations to implement strategy As one of the three directors running the firm, i was involved in business development, establishing back office processes to help us scale and supporting the consulting teams as required. During my tenure i helped the firm grow from 7 consultants to over 50. I also oversaw the people aspects, including recruitment, people development, training, setting up of a performance management system, policies, etc. Some of the project work which i led included: • Strategy Implementation: Developed multiple operational plans for different divisions of a major utility and led their implementation over a 24 month period with a team of up to 17 consultants • Process Improvement Optimization: Achieved a 150% operational improvement through running a project office that helped a division prioritize their focus and de-bottleneck backlog of work • Operations: Achieved over 10% cost savings during Outages at a power plant through the implementation of project Controls and process re-engineering • Training & Development: Developed an 18 month Engineering Management development program from scratch for a Utility company, created the curriculum, partnered with a University and helped run the program successfully


Mar 2006 - Jan 2010

McKinsey & Company

Engagement Manager

• Organizational Redesign: Led a team to implement a reorganization (top 500 positions) of a major mining company to ensure alignment to its growth focused operational model and strategy • Strategic Cost Cutting: Helped reduce workforce by 20% and achieved operating costs savings of 40% (on top of retrenchments) by restructuring the organization and combining several divisions • Purchasing and Supply Management: Led multiple projects that identified and implemented procurement savings of up to 35% for pharmaceutical, travel & logistic and non-profit clients • Private Equity Due Diligence: Developed a market overview of the Platinum industry to support the acquisition of a mine by a private equity firm

Jun 2004 - Aug 2004

Carr Securities & Rational Value Partners LP

Research Analyst

Worked directly with portfolio manager to conduct research and analyze small and microcap companies utilising a value investing approach. Helped manage the fund portfolio as required.

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