Fine & Country International appoints CEO in South Africa

Stephen de Stadler has been appointed chief executive of Fine & Country South Africa.

He will take over the role from Linda Erasmus, is becoming the brand’s international ambassador, charged with expanding its global reach.

Jon Cooke, global chief executive of Fine & Country, said: “We are excited about Stephen’s appointment and the vision that he has for Fine & Country South Africa.

“The calibre of his business experience and Linda’s exemplary property sales record in South Arica are a winning combination for the brand and I believe Stephen is the ideal person to steer the brand into the next phase of its growth. We are confident that the South African region is in good hands.”

De Stadler is an accountant by profession, completing his articles of clerkship at KPMG Aiken & Peat. He was then employed as financial manager and then financial director for one of Seeff Properties, a major estate agency brand in South Africa.

This led to his appointment in the corporate division of Nedbank, where initially he was responsible for the credit aspects relating to a significant property portfolio, before becoming head of credit for sovereigns and banks.

He then joined rating agency Fitch Ratings, firstly as managing director of its sub-saharan African operation, followed managing director and regional head for the Middle East, based in Dubai.

Following his return to South Africa from Dubai in 2011, he became involved in public sector infrastructure development and financing, as an executive management consultant.

He said: “I have been engaging at executive level across a wide range of sovereigns, sub-sovereigns, corporate entities, and financial institutions for the last 30 years.

“These interactions have provided me with the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in any business environment.

“I bring a thorough understanding of financial markets and financing solutions to any environment, together with a detailed understanding of, and experience in, business development and senior level executive management.”

Speaking of how he intends to grow the Fine & Country brand, he added: “South Africa has a myriad of estate agents, but the mantle of being a premium real estate concern is limited to only a few.

“Fine & Country has a truly international base, and therefore an undoubted ability to provide superior local and international exposure. My vision is to establish the brand as the first-choice premium brand in South Africa.

“This will be accomplished by fully incorporating the local operations into the global network and providing them with the tools required of a modern-day estate agency.”