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Anthony (Tony) Phillips
Having been the beneficiary of a three-year Thos Barlow bursary to study engineering at the University of Natal (Durban), he joined Thos Barlow & Sons Limited as a trainee manager in the tractor division after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967.
His appointment to the company marked the start of a distinguished 38-year career with what is today Barloworld Limited - one of South Africa’s pre-imminent multinational corporations that generates more than R50-billion in annual revenue based on operations in 26 countries worldwide.
His entry into the company as a trainee in the tractor division in 1967 was the foundation of what can be described as a life-long association with one of the world’s leading brands – the Caterpillar distribution agency that was first secured by Thos Barlow & Sons Limited in 1920.
After a 20-year career in the group’s premier division, during which time he was appointed general manager, he was appointed managing director of Southern African operations before being transferred to Spain to head up group operations as managing director of Finanzauto.
He was appointed to the main board of Barlow Limited and in 1999 was appointed chief executive officer of the group – a position he was to hold simultaneously with responsibilities as chairman of PPC Limited until his retirement in 2006.
During his tenure as CEO, he was intimately involved with a number of significant milestones in the group’s venerable history – the renaming of the company from Barlow Limited to Barloworld Limited in 2000 as well as the celebration of 100 years in business for the group in 2002 along with 75 years of association with Caterpillar.
His commitment and loyalty to the Barloworld group throughout his working career is reflected in contributions he continues to make to a number of
non-governmental organisations, including the WWF (board member),
and Edutainers (trustee). In addition he is non-executive chairman of six prominent companies, three of which are listed on the Johannesburg
He joined Auxilium Africa as a shareholder and director in November 2013.