Introduction of new Managing Director

I am honoured and excited to be taking over the helm of BEKA from Johann Schleritzko, who has decided to retire as Managing Director.

Johann has left behind a legacy of which to be very proud. Positioning BEKA as the leading lighting company in Africa is a huge achievement for him and his team. I want to thank Johann for his professional and open approach to handing over the reins of an organisation that he has lead so well for the last 35 years. On behalf of the BEKA management team, I would like to wish Johann a very happy and well deserved retirement.

Johann will be available for consultant and will as such remain connected with BEKA in order to ensure a smooth transition into the new era.

I joined ABB in 1984, and have been the Senior Vice President of ABB Power Systems Division South Africa for the past 9 years. I was responsible for managing this division which achieved a turnover of 1.2 billion Rand, employing some 270 staff. In this function I gained experience in the electrical distribution and construction industries.

The lighting industry is undergoing tremendous changes mainly due to the advent of LED based light sources. This rapidly evolving technology is changing the way we look at luminaires. In terms of energy usage, quality of lighting and life cycle costs, LED based luminaires offer us advanced solutions to address the world’s changing lighting needs.

Since joining BEKA, I am fully convinced that we are securely positioned to maintain our market leading position as the most competent local manufacturer of technical lighting products. Since LEDs became a viable light source for luminaires, BEKA has been at the forefront of developing LED based lighting products. By offering traditional, as well as leading edge lighting technologies, ensures that we can offer our customers a wide range of lighting solutions, together with the assurance that their investment in BEKA products is guaranteed for many years.

Being part of the Schréder Group means that we have access to the latest international technologies. This ensures that BEKA can supply its customers with cutting edge lighting products, which are furthermore designed for Africa’s environments and conditions.

My main objective will be to ensure that BEKA continues to offer high quality lighting solutions that meet our customers’ needs, backed up with providing the highest possible standards of service and support.

With our professional and dedicated team I look forward to continue to grow our position as market leader.

I look forward to working with all our stakeholders to take this partnership and our company to the next level.

Yours Faithfully
Carl Watson
Managing Director”