The highly anticipated awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 15 November.
George McKay, the group head of IT at Badger Holdings, has been nominated for the inaugural 2023 CIO Awards. With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, he has held various senior and executive management positions, demonstrating his expertise in enterprise-level operations. George describes himself as an enabler, problem-solver, mentor, innovator, effective listener, and strategic thinker, highlighting his well-rounded skill set.
Badger Holdings is a specialised insurance and related services company that was founded in 1995. Presently, the company boasts a workforce of more than 700 employees spread across South Africa and Australia. They cater to the insurance needs of more than 180,000 clients, collecting premiums exceeding $100 million (R1.8 billion). Notably, Dotsure, an online pet insurance company, operates as a subsidiary of Badger Holdings.
Before joining Badger Holdings, George served as the IT manager for Pick n Pay, where he oversaw various crucial aspects such as stores, staff, networks, IT security, software, and hardware. He is also a board member of St George’s Home for Boys.
George's core expertise lies in comprehending and aligning business, strategy, and technology requirements. He is well-versed in turnaround and restructuring initiatives, internet development, infrastructure architecture, and development.
George holds a BCom in computer science from Unisa. Additionally, he completed a lean management programme in business administration and management at Nelson Mandela University (NMU).