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Born on 29/07/1934 (format : day/month/year)Biography :
William Peter Venter or Bill Venter (b.July 29,1934), is a South African business man and the founder and chairman of Altron .
A UK chartered engineer and founder of Altron, through Allied Electric in 1965 and recipient of the Order of Meritorious Service (Gold), as awarded by the State President of South Africa for his significant contribution to South Africa’s electronics industry.
Chairman of Altron and Bytes
Director of Altech, Bytes and Powertech, former chairman of the CSIR, and past director of AMIC Limited and Nedcor Bank Limited
Member of the Altron nomination committee and remuneration committee
Experience: Some 43 years devoted to entrepreneurial endeavours and initiatives in the electronics, telecommunications and power electrical industries, both in South Africa and offshore, firstly as design engineer then marketing manager at STC (SA) and thereafter chief executive and latterly as chairman of the Altron group.
Dr Venter has played an important role in developing the South African electronics and electrical industry into the key component of the national economy that it is today. He is a Trustee of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and a member of the Finance Committee.
Awarded the Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 in recognition of his significant contribution to South Africa and the business community.
Joined the Altron board in 1980.
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