The appointment comes as Mr Siemsen, who established the company in 2000, takes on a newly created key role within the company after 20 years at the helm. Mr Siemsen will also continue to provide strategic input into the direction of the company as Founder and Executive Director.
Mr Siemsen said: “I have enjoyed the journey over the past 20-plus years as CEO and with Eben ready to take on the top role this gives me an excellent opportunity to work in areas of the business I love and where I can create the most value for the Group.
My new role will see me back at the coal face working strategically with key clients and partners, along with strategic oversight of our Group’s new ventures, business development and brand & marketing functions. I’m particularly keen to get more hands-on with the launch of our new technology brand, Wilbur, throughout 2021.
Eben and I have developed a strong partnership over the past 15 months and now with Eben as Group CEO, combined with my new role, we’re playing to our strengths. This structure positions us very well to take the Group into the next phase of our strategy. We’re passionate about building strong and sustainable growth into the future and to do that we need the right people in the right seats, working shoulder to shoulder to achieve our goals.”
Mr le Roux has been working with CCC for 15 months as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director for Australia, New Zealand and Africa. Prior to joining the business, he was Group CFO of Waco International, a multinational equipment rental and industrial services business. Mr le Roux steps into the Group CEO role with a wealth of experience in the commercial and financial sectors, both locally and globally.
He has a proven track record as a senior executive and executive board member, responsible for improving profitability and ROI across different geographies, markets and products. Mr le Roux’s prior experience also includes investment banking, financial and professional services.
Mr le Roux said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity. It really is a continuation of a discussion Brian had with me some time ago about where his strengths lie and what is best for the business. For me, it’s about how we continue to work as partners, playing to each of our strengths and driving the right values and outcomes for the business with our team and our Board.
The Group has added substantial management capacity over the last 12 months to enable us to deliver faster, better, smarter services to our customers enabled by our technology division, Wilbur. We have also made good progress in building out and offering Wilbur products such as Wilbur Claims Manager, Wilbur Live and Wilbur Repair locally and in the US with substantial opportunity for further growth. I think our key clients and shareholders will feel the positive impact of Brian’s role change, I’ve never seen him more motivated to get out amongst it again”.
Claim Central Consolidated’s key shareholders, including Macquarie Capital and Envest, are confident that the new role alignment will help the business continue to expand its global footprint and revenue growth.
Mr le Roux will also transition to the Claim Central Consolidated board as a director.