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Bell Equipment CEO resigns in the middle of wage negotiations

Bell Equipment construction vehicles. File picture: Mike Dibetsoe

Bell Equipment construction vehicles. File picture: Mike Dibetsoe

Published Jul 11, 2023


Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen, who took much verbal strain from the National Unions of Metalworkers of SA in recent weeks, has tendered his resignation to pursue another opportunity.

He will step down from December 31, 2023, providing enough time to ensure smooth transition and handover to his successor, the manufacturer of articulated and heavy capital equipment said in a statement yesterday.

Goosen had joined the Bell Equipment board in January 2009 and was chief operations officer from December 2014, until he was appointed as the CEO in 2018.

Gary Bell, chairperson, thanked Goosen for his tenure as CEO.

“Leon has played a pivotal role in driving the success of the group and the board wishes him well in his future endeavours,” Bell said.

A process to appoint a new CEO will be initiated. Bell Equipment is wrapped up in tough negotiations with employees about their benefits, after talks deadlocked last week.

On Friday some headway was made when Bell said it would employ 100 staff on a permanent basis, staff who had previously been working with labour brokers.