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    Schneider Electric South Africa - Leadership Team

Wilhelm Swart - Vice President for Mining, Minerals and Metals Africa Business

Areas of Expertise

  • Doing business in local and African markets
  • Strategic planning and creative thinking
  • Large industry solutions and sales
  • Excellent business knowledge of MES, SCADA and hybrid DCS offerings
  • Project management and customer service

As the vice president for Schneider Electric South Africa’s Mining, Minerals and Metals (MMM) Africa Business, Wilhelm Swart is responsible for leading Schneider Electric’s mining, metals and mineral solutions throughout the continent.

A strong focus of his within the MMM sector is to offer customers a seamless service by consolidating all sales resources, resulting in multi-business solutions that are supported by a variety of software and services. As such, this focus area includes providing MMM customers with solutions ranging from medium voltage substations to boardroom and enterprise, demand and supply chain asset optimisation, and software for MMM customers.

Wilhelm is also responsible for ensuring that the company’s fully dedicated MMM Africa Business synergises all its local and global engineering solutions teams to best address MMM customer requirements. His key transformation solution areas are software, energy management, sustainability services, large project execution and field services for both large African- and global customers.

Wilhelm has gained vast experience in the fields of engineering, sales and marketing in both leading technology organisations and start-ups.

Prior to his current appointment in 2013, he held the position as vice president for the Industry Business for four years, where his portfolio covered industrial plant/ process automation, industrial IT environments and manufacturing execution systems solutions for plant processes and asset optimisation.

For seven years, Wilhelm was also the managing director of software development company, Citect, which was acquired by Schneider Electric at the end of 2008. He played a crucial role in successfully integrating Citect into Schneider Electric South Africa.

Wilhelm holds a bachelor degree in engineering, majoring in electronic and electrical engineering from Stellenbosch University.

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