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Gavin Symanowitz

Creative Innovator; Managing Director & Founder, GetAGreatBoss.com


Born in Johannesburg

Gavin Symanowitz, an actuary, headed up Strategic Product Innovation for Investments at FNB for over 5 years. He won the prestigious Innovator of the Year award in 2008, and subsequently left the bank to found a number of revolutionary web-based businesses. One of these, GetAGreatBoss.com, was recently recognized as one of the 10 Most Promising Digital Innovations world-wide in 2009, by Netexplorateur, an international organization set up under the auspices of the French Government Ministry for the Digital Economy. Gavin has been a regular finalist in numerous international open innovation competitions.

In 2005, he obtained a PhD in Mathematical Statistics. He lectured formally at Wits University, and continues to lecture MBA students on an informal basis.

Gavin is an exceptional strategic and creative thinker, and balances this with a solid grasp of the business environment. He is passionate about innovation and how it can change the world for the better.


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Founder & Director | KeepYourTalent.com
Johannesburg | 2009 - present

Founded a company with a unique approach to talent identification and retention


Managing Director & Founder | GetAGreatBoss.com

Professional Services General (Human Resources/ Recruitment)


Previous Position(s)

Head | Special Projects (Investments) | First National Bank
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2008

Head | Strategic Product Development (Investments) | First National Bank
Johannesburg | 2005 - 2008

Led a team responsible for the coneptualization and implementation of innovative products


Lecturer (Mathematical Statistics) | Department of Mathematics | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg | 2001 - 2002

Consultant | Data Management SA
Johannesburg | 2000 - 2002

Financial Markets Trading / Quantitative Analysis | African Merchant Bank
Johannesburg | 1997 - 2000

Educational history

Tertiary

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg | Completed 2005

PhD (Mathematical Statistics)

Actuarial Society of South Africa

United Kingdom | Completed 2001

Actuary

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg | Completed 1996

BSc Honours (Statistics)

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg | Completed 1995

BSc (Actuarial Science)

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Awards

GetAGreatBoss.com: One of the 10 Most Promising Global Digital Innovations 2009 | Netexplorateur | 2010

Acclaimed award granted by Netexplorateur, an international institute set up under the auspices of the French Government

Innovator of the Year 2008 | First National Bank | 2008

Won the prestigious annual innovation competition in the Bank

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