Chris Pienaar Honored for Excellence in the Field of Bioscience

Chris uses his expertise in general management and leadership when managing investment funds on behalf of the foundation

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, March 15, 2014, Chris Pienaar, Chief Executive Officer of the Hans Merensky Foundation, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in general management and the advancement of bioscience.

 With 25 years of experience in timber, fruit and related processed product marketing and leading Hans Merensky Holdings as its CEO for 12 years, Chris Pienaar uses his expertise in general management and leadership when managing investment funds on behalf of the foundation, handling operational, financial and budget responsibilities, and overseeing controlled science projects.

Mr. Pienaar earned an MBA at Stellenbosch University in 1982. He is currently enrolled in an M.Phil candidate in executive coaching at Stellenbosch University Business School. He was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliation with the Institute of Directors of the South African Institute of Forestry, and Science in Africa. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and running. He attributes his success to having an ability to design and execute strategies for the company. Looking ahead, Mr. Pienaar aims for further development and growth, and will consider filling other CEO positions in related industries.

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