The story of CGI (Claasen Group Inc.) is closely linked with the story of Founder and CEO Johan L. Claasen.
Johan began his professional life in corporate and investment banking in South Africa. In the decades since then, he’s demonstrated proven corporate and entrepreneurial experience in numerous industrial sectors.
In South Africa, Johan served as the Chairman and CEO of a leading industrial group and six publicly listed companies in a range of industries, winning numerous business awards and accolades. A few of these include Junior Businessman of the Year from the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce, Businessman of the Year from the Cape Times Award, and the Award for Exceptional Success in Business from the University of Stellenbosch’s business school.
In the latter part of his career, Johan leveraged his decades of business development experience to create the U.S.-based Claasen Group Inc. (CGI).