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T:   033 815 1500

E:   Info@CornerstoneBusinessStrategists.co.za 

Office:
Rockjumper House, 1 Crowe Square, Garlington Estate, Hilton 3245, KZN, South Africa

Postal:
PO Box 229, Hilton 3245, KZN, South Africa

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DIRECTIONS FROM PIETERMARITZBURG
• From the N3, take Exit 94 for Hilton Avenue toward Hilton/M80
• At the stop, turn right onto Hilton Avenue, across the bridge
• Turn right into Elizabeth Drive
• Turn left onto Weir Drive, and continue straight to the boom

DIRECTIONS FROM HOWICK
• From the N3, take Exit 94 for Hilton Avenue toward Hilton/M80
• At the stop, turn left onto Hilton Avenue, across the bridge
• Turn right into Elizabeth Drive
• Turn left onto Weir Drive, and continue straight to the boom

Profile: Dianne Perrett

DIANNE PERRETT

Born and schooled in the Waikato district of New Zealand, Dianne had worked in a broad range of service industries before departing New Zealand to travel extensively.

Dianne worked in London for 4½ years for a leading full service marketing agency. She worked on blue chip accounts such as Mobil Oil and British Airways and was the primary Account Executive for Leyland DAF’s T-45 Team campaign. She moved to South Africa in 1989 and founded one of the first full service agencies here.

At the end of 2002, Dianne sold three of her businesses (advertising agency, publishing business and corporate promotional clothing company) to concentrate on her growing demand in the strategic business consultancy arena.

Her consulting work has taken her beyond the South African borders and she has successfully completed work in Australia, the UK, Holland, Kenya and Zambia. Her client base has been broad both in terms of size and sectors, ranging from start up entrepreneurial businesses to international corporates and professional practices.

Dianne has been a guest speaker at national marketing and branding conferences, industry functions and in-company events and authored the book Simple Solutions to Effective Marketing! which was distributed through Exclusive Books in South Africa.

She was contracted by Honeydew Dairies (2010-2012) to spearhead the development of in-house systems and structures, deal with their proliferation of Unions and to obtain their Export and HACCP accreditation. Once this had been completed she recruited a CA/Operational replacement to focus on increasing margins and capabilities.

Dianne has a number of business interests. She is the founder and Director of Cornerstone Business Strategists and AdventureEscapades.co.za. She is also a founding partner of DBS Investments, an organization that assists businesses re-strategise to enter and maximize their local and/or global e-commerce opportunities.

Within Cornerstone Business Strategists Dianne currently has a wide range of clients from various industry sectors who operate both nationally and internationally. For many of these she Chairs their Board or ManCo meetings and prepares monthly performance trackers, which she presents at their monthly Business Development Meetings. She has a policy of only dealing with one company in any industry at a time so she can focus on creating a competitive advantage and maximizing their potential.

Community service has played an important role for Dianne. She has held the IMM (Institute of Marketing Management) Chairmanship in the KZN Inland Region and served on the IMM National Executive; she was the first female member of the Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg and served as a Board Director in 2006/07. She was a Board Member for St John’s DSG (1996-2010) and was a non-Executive Director of WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), serving as Vice-Chair of the Board from 2007 to 2015. She is currently serving as a Board Member of Grace College (since 2015), holding the Chairs of both the Strategic and Marketing sub-committees.

Dianne is married to Keith, a Veterinarian and Epidemiologist. They have two children Lara (24), an Early Childhood Development teacher and Jack (21), who is currently studying at Stellenbosch University.