Elliot Schwartz


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Elliot has been the CEO of a listed business services group and of a national subsidiary of a famous international advertising agency group; the marketing director of a large retail chain; a serially successful entrepreneur building and leading businesses in insurance, marketing services and tourism; a highly regarded management consultant on business strategy, business development and marketing issues; a chairman, board director and advisor for businesses large and small; and a mentor to start-ups and early stage business and to the owner/managers of successful private businesses transitioning to professional/corporate structures.

NED & Board Advisory Experience:

Advisor: Many (see CV re: Elliot Schwartz Consulting), Jan 2002- present / Director: Meliorleaf (Pty) Ltd, Jun 2015- present / NED: The Columba Foundation (USA), Sep 2016- Mar 2022 / Mentor: 6 x early stage business founders- see CV re: Seed Engine (business incubator), Jan 2016- Feb 2022 / NED: Ownsurance (Pty) Ltd, Jan 2016- Jun 2019 / Mentor: 8 x Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) members- (see CV), Jan 2009- Jun 2014 / Trustee: Redhill School (Johannesburg), Jan 2002- Dec 2012 / NED: ThreeByFour (Pty) Ltd, Jan 2003- Apr 2007 / Chairman: SBBW (Pty) Ltd, May 1999- Feb 2002 / NED: 12 x subsidiaries of Acuity Group Holdings, May 1999- Feb 2002 / Director: Acuity Group Holdings Ltd, May 1999- Feb 2002 / NED: Exceptional African Experiences (Pty) Ltd, Feb 1996- Jun 2000 / Director: SBBW (Pty) Ltd, Jan 1989- Apr 1999 / Director: J Walter Thompson Johannesburg (Pty) Ltd, Jun 1986- Dec 1988 / Director: Enterprise Communications & Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Mar 1983- May 1986


A good communicator and successful mentor, Elliot is willing and happy and to share his knowledge and experience. His particular skills are in business strategy, business development and growth, and marketing. But, having been in management and leadership roles in businesses ranging from start-ups (his own and others) to listed corporates, as well as a diversity of advisory and directorship roles spanning many industries, Elliot has broad experience in the critical aspects of business.


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA), concentrations in finance and marketing, 1977 /
The University of Chicago, The College: Bachelor of Arts (BA), major in economics (studied under 3 professors who went on to win Nobel prizes, including Milton Friedman), 1976

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