Pierre Olivier, the Regional Managing Director of multinational engineering group Hatch, has been awarded the Engineering Professional of the Year Award for 2019/2020. The accolade was granted by the SA Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting.

Professionals from various organisations were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 19 March 2020 to honour the best amongst them. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards were indefinitely postponed. The organisers of the event have subsequently undertaken to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the Awards following a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria.

Janette Minnaar, the chair of the adjudication panel explained how the winners were determined.

“Individuals were judged based on a host of attributes including demonstration of leadership skills, changing of paradigms and innovation within the bounds of available resources. We also conferred a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving recipients who had served their professions faithfully for many years,” said Minnaar.

The firm awards were based on the following criteria – business growth, customer service, technical excellence, contribution to the community, contribution to the profession, transformation record and commitment to ethics and professionalism. The criteria were not equally weighted, a strong showing in one category was sufficient to put the firm above the rest.

Olivier joined Hatch in 1999 and was initially part of the systems business but later moved on to manage the Iron and Steel and Energy business units where he was responsible for the implementation of several capital projects.  He relocated to Canada in 2004 to help with the integration of newly acquired businesses and take on the role of Global MD for HR for Hatch. In 2015, he returned to South Africa as Managing Director of the Africa, Europe and Middle East region.

“Dr. Olivier demonstrates significant loyalty to his organisation having taken part in its growth story for close to two decades both locally and abroad,” the judges remarked. “As a leader, we found his focus on creating an enabling culture for employees refreshing and his embrace of the ‘Thuma Mina’ mantra is the kind of attitude we would love to see many professional services leaders adopting. Under his leadership, Hatch won a recent accolade at the inaugural ABSA Business Day Supplier Development Awards and scooped a commendation at the at the CESA Engineering Excellence Awards for the AB Inbev Rosslyn Brewery co-generation project. In addition, the company has shown commitment to transformation in achieving a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment rating.”

Watch Pierre Olivier’s acceptance speech below: