Gary de Vogel will officially become CEO of Hi-Tec Sport South Africa at the end of December this year, when Mickey Mallet leaves his position to seek new challenges.

Mallet has worked for the Hi-Tec company for no less than 28 years – first in various sales capacities, but in the last 15 years as CEO. “He leaves the company in fine shape, having confidently grown Hi-Tec South Africa sales,” the company says in a statement.

“It is going to be really strange not to have Mickey in the Hi-Tec office anymore,“ says Hi-Tec founding chairman and owner of Hi-Tec South Africa, Frank van Wezel. “However, I am pleased to stay associated with him in our joint property company which he is going to expand – we hope – into a major enterprise.”

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At the inauguration of their joint venture Hi-Tec SA building, Frank van Wezel (right) looks on as Mickey Mallet and his daughters Amy and Erin cut the ribbon. Photo: Nicol du Toit.

Van Wezel lives in the Netherlands for the bulk of the year, but spends at least three months a year in South Africa.

De Vogel has worked for Hi-Tec and Van Wezel in various capacities over the past four years. He has a strong financial background, with a masters degree in accountancy from Nijenrode Business University, where Van Wezel occasionally gives guest lectures and was awarded a lifetime achievement Award in 2015. De Vogel gained more than five years’ experience to senior level at the accountancy firm Deloitte Nederland in Den Haag, before he joined Hi-Tec International in Amsterdam. He was appointed a director of Hi-Tec Africa in 2017.

Other changes at Hi-Tec SA include the promotion of long-term employee Esme Coetzee from Financial Director to Chief Financial Officer (CFO). After 28 years with Hi-Tec, she’ll now be directing all internal matters in the office.

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New Hi-Tec SA COO Adolf Stoffberg. Photo: Nicol du Toit.

Adolf Stoffberg, who has been with the company for ten years, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) – a new position that was created to shape the organisation to be ready for the next expansion. He will also remain in charge of the company’s golf and lifestyle brand, Duca del Cosma.

From time to time every organisation needs an assessment of fresh strategies to tackle future challenges, Van Wezel believes. “This reorganisation makes me believe we can now grow faster and more efficiently.”