WHO WE ARE
CMO in its current format was founded in 2014 by Michal Brink, Ben Potgieter and Andrew Mc Ewan. At the time the name was changed to the Centre for the Modernisation of Operations
The company's initial focus was on providing consulting, training and auditing services to the forest industry globally. Today, CMO operates world-wide, having a footprint of over 70 countries, where country visits have taken place. We have a staff, partner and associate contingent of 25 persons. We have partners in several countries, including Panama, Uganda, Namibia and Russia. We have also opened our first affiliate office in Thailand in 2019.
Over the last two years, the founders of the company have realised that the true value of the organisation lies in its ability to convert forestry competencies tied up in our core team into software solutions.
Michal Brink is an extraordinary professor in forest sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, has a PhD in forestry, and an MBA. He studied both in the USA and South Africa. He has worked for forestry companies and held positions of global responsibility in large corporations. Michal specialises in forest compliance systems.
Ben Potgieter has a B Tech in forestry and over 40 years of experience in forest operations and fire risk management. Ben has established himself as the no1 forest fire risk management consultant in Africa.
Andrew MC Ewan has a PhD in forestry from the University of Florence and also studied in South Africa. He has worked in large forestry companies and also lectured in forest engineering - his areas of expertise include timber harvesting, forest roads and transport.