Intelligent power management company with manufacturing and distribution sites in South Africa Eaton recently announced it has appointed Godfrey Marema in the new role of Plant Manager and Managing Director for South Africa.
In his role, Godfrey will be responsible for managing and working with the team to meet and exceed operational results to grow the business, coordinate local leadership efforts and drive stakeholder engagement, improve profitability – mainly in the Sub-Saharan Africa, and ensure Eaton meets all legislative compliance.
“I’ve been working with the Eaton team over the past month and look forward to helping drive the company’s growth on the African continent,” Marema says. “Eaton is known for its culture of ethics, transparency and passion for inclusion and diversity, which is a cornerstone to doing business locally. I’m excited to work with such passionate and dedicated individuals.”
Godfrey has over 20 years’ experience in management, manufacturing, sales and marketing in automotive, chemical and electronics industries.
Prior to taking on this role, he held several key management positions including Chief Operating Officer for a multinational electronics company, Landis+Gyr, where he was tasked with leading a cross-disciplinary team and the company’s operations while streamlining the supply chain model. A key achievement was working with the CEO and Board of Directors to draft and implement a company-wide business turnaround strategy using lean principles mainly in the factory shopfloor.
Godfrey is a Chemical Engineer graduate from the University of Cape Town, and a Sainsbury scholar. He has an excellent proven record in leading teams and ensuring that company targets are met, which will be an instrumental addition to the Eaton Africa team.
“I am passionate about people development and creating a high-performance culture in teams that I work with. My knowledge on lean concepts and experience implementing and executing them will be beneficial towards our Simplify for Growth strategy,” he adds.
Godfrey has also been serving as Vice Chairperson of the Electrical Engineering and Allied Industries Association (EEAIA), a body that represents affiliated companies’ interest in the Metal and Steel Industries.
Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton’s 2020 revenues were $17.9 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 87,000 employees.