Coaching Speciality:

  • Strategic Vision & Thinking
  • Advanced People Skills
  • Navigating Organisational Politics
  • Implementation
  • Building Confidence
  • Mental Resilience
  • Stakeholder Relationships
  • Life and Career Planning
  • Knowing Yourself

Coaching Preferences:

  • MDs, CEOs, Directors
  • Execs & Senior Managers
  • University Deans and Academics
  • Promising Middle Managers

I’m a Great fit for:

  • Multi-national Companies
  • Corporates
  • Universities
  • Government and related institutions



  • Com (Law), LL. B. and MBL (cum laude) degrees
  • Attended the Stanford Senior Executive Program
  • Admitted as Advocate of the Supreme Court of SA


  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach of the USA Coaches Training Institute


  • International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • MENSA (for high-IQ individuals)


  • Naspers Prize for Transformation


  • English
  • Afrikaans

Gerrie De Villiers

I n t e r n a t i o n a l  E x e c u t i v e  C o a c h

Are you looking for a seasoned 1-on-1 executive coach to enhance your performance and future? I bring an abundance of knowledge, insight and practical business experience to the table to support you in your life and career.

I follow a “co-active” coaching philosophy. This means we will work together to articulate whatever your issues are, be it preparing you to confidently move towards the next level, lead change, navigate company politics, implement strategies or effect transformation to impact your organisation positively. Jointly, we will explore options to help move you forward.


Why do I coach? I am in the “giving back” phase of my life with an abundance of wisdom to share. My life mission is to encourage, inspire and empower men and women to be leaders at work, in their families and communities so that South Africa can thrive.

I’m the eldest of five kids and found meaning in leadership at an early age. It developed into a lifelong passion that’s supported my success. Today I’m a family man who enjoys travel, business, people, current affairs, the arts, the gym and community service.

My career started at ICI in the UK as Marketing Manager. Back in South Africa, I became National Sales Manager, Operations Manager and Acting Director for Industrial Chemicals at AECI Ltd. The pinnacle and most enjoyable part of my career came when I was appointed as CEO and MD of M-Net and SuperSport. I later sat on the Naspers Management Board and currently serve as a Director of Naspers Beleggings.

Shortly after its formation, I joined Change Partners Coaching as a Partner, where I still enjoy developing high-level leaders. Today, I have more than 20 years of coaching experience in blue-chip companies and diverse industries, including mining, energy, chemicals, manufacturing, transport, finance, insurance, media, health and education. I also enjoy working in the government and related sectors and coaching pro bono in NPOs.


Should you choose to partner with me, we’ll form an exciting and vibrant coaching partnership to help you raise your game.

We’ll jointly develop your strengths, address your personal saboteurs, and engage your developmental areas constructively. As a coachee, you’ll have access to a sounding board, a thinking and sparring partner, and an objective go-to person.

I want you to reach your full potential. I want you to fly high!


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