Metair names O’Flaherty as next CEO

Metair names O’Flaherty as next CEO

Metair names O’Flaherty as next CEO 370 472 Batteries International

January 18, 2024: Metair, the South African investment group in battery and automotive manufacturing, has named Paul O’Flaherty as its next CEO.

O’Flaherty (pictured), who will also be a member of Metair’s social and ethics committee, will take over on February 1 on a three-year contract.

He succeeds Sjoerd Douwenga — whose resignation for undisclosed health reasons was announced by Metair last month.

O’Flaherty joins Metair from EY Parthenon Africa, which he has led as executive director since February 2021.

He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1986 and he was an audit partner for six years in the energy and mining sector.

O’Flaherty has held senior posts in several companies since 2001 including CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa and finance director and group capital executive of South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom.

Metair’s energy storage division includes Turkey’s Mutlu Akü lead battery business, Romanian lead and lithium company Rombat and South Africa’s First National Battery.