Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 10 June 1999
He holds a National Higher Diploma (Accounting), an Advanced Business Programme certificate and completed a SMME Development course in Cranefield London. He is a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.
Brian is an accountant with over 30 years of commercial experience gained nationally and internationally in a variety of industries. He completed a National Higher Diploma in 1988 and an advanced Business Programme in 1990. He also attended a SMME Development course in Cranfield London.
Brian holds a professional membership with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants.
Brian Van Rooyen is the Chief Executive Officer of Labat Africa Ltd, which he founded in 1995 with Victor Labat. The Group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Mr Van Rooyen Has More than 30 years of business experience and ensuring this time he has served various positions in Industry including Directorships of SBDC, Italtile, Sqaure one Solutions, Africard, SAMES and SAFDICO.
He has been involved with high profile government assignments as projects director, amongst others the transformation of the Department of Public Works, the establishment of City Power, the transformation of the Department of Water Affairs and SAP implementation at Eskom.
Mr Van Rooyen has been actively involved in the establishment and advancement of new technologies and has been involved in numerous entities such as Chem City with SASOL.
Mr Van Rooyen, a former provincial rugby player, was instrumental in the unificationprocess of rugby in Gauteng that led to the unification of the sport nationally. He was a provincial rugby referee and held various positions including that of Deputy President and Acting President of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, President of the South African Rugby Union and executive member of the International Rugby Board. He also campaigned vigorously for the transformation of sport, specifically rugby, which saw him appointed as a commissioner of the South African Sports Commission. Mr Van Rooyen was also an executive member of the Confederation of African Rugby.
Mr Van Rooyen is an advocate for transformation and has chaired various NGO’s. He has been and remains, actively involved in various communities. He established the Eldoradopark Sports and Cultural Trust, served as chairman of the Ennerdale Town Council and was a councillor in the transition period in 1995
Mr Van Rooyen served as chairman of the Johannesburg(west) Audit Committee, The Department of Sports and Recreation Audit Committee, The South African Sports Commission Audit Committee and is a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants in South Africa.
He is a recipient of numerous awards, amongst them from the Sol Plaatjie Municipality as Kimberlite of the year.
Mr Van Rooyen served on the board of International Rugby Board Ltd as both director and Executive member. He was also a director of SANZAR Ltd, a public company registered in Australia and New Zealand. He served on the finance committee of the IRB Ltd in Ireland and is director of SAFDICO Botswana.
Prior to Founding Labat in 1995, Mr Van Rooyen was affectionately known as the “native that caused all the trouble” with his tireless quest for equal opportunities and transformation in Business and Society.