Dr. Bill Venter - Chairman

Dr. Bill Venter is 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.

Some 45 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.

Presented with the Department of Science and Technology's first Life Time Achiever Award by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena, for 45 years of significant contribution to the technology industry in South Africa.

Received the "Legend in ICT Award" from The State Information Technology Agency" (SITA), a division of the South African Ministry of Public Service and Administration, for a life time contribution to the ICT industry and to South Africa.