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Stefan Kraus

CEO and President of First Performance Corporation


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 27-01-1980 in Salzburg Austria

In 1998, Stefan started his career in the process control industry where he was invited to join South African startup, Industry Solution Providers, a business that specialized in developing middleware, process-control and automation technologies for heavy-industry. He was responsible for strategy, and within one year of joining the team, he was instrumental in directing the business to be primed for a merger that included three key South African process-control and engineering companies to form BEST Holdings (PTY) Ltd. Stefan, a founding shareholder in BEST Holdings (PTY) Ltd., was responsible for the development and management of corporate IT strategy, IT security, technology investments and policy. The businesses focused on creating turnkey technology for both the telecommunications and process industries. The merger positioned the new company to compete and successfully win large-scale industrial technology contracts including Sasol (NYSE: SSL), BHP Billiton (NYSE: BBL), and the BT Group (NYSE: BT).

In 2003, Stefan founded Cubico Solutions Corporation and successfully brought to market a leading vulnerability management platform, Foresight, competing with both Qualys and McAfee Foundstone. Stefan successfully grew year-on-year revenue and matured the business to being Southern Africa's largest vulnerability management provider with over 1,000,000 annual endpoint audits. By 2008, Cubico Solutions Corporation had become the largest South African vulnerability management firm by revenue. In March 2010, Stefan successfully orchestrated the acquisition of Cubico Solutions to Gijima, a publicly traded company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE: GIJ). During that time, he completed his CISSP and was one of the first to hold this qualification within South Africa. In 2012, Whos Who South Africa officially recognized Stefan as being ranked 2 in South Africa, and 1 in Johannesburg, in their list of Noteworthy Entrepreneurs.

During his appointment at Gijima, Stefan was responsible for Foresight's ongoing strategy, technology direction, and market evangelism. As part of the acquisition, Stefan remained with the team and over a period of 36 months, grew the Foresight business into the most profitable business-unit per-head within the Gijima group.

In January 2013, Stefan Kraus joined Tranwall Inc., a Hong Kong based payments company in the position of co-CEO. Stefan was tasked with executing the companies mission in building trust in the global payments industry, and successfully developed and implemented their reseller model that spanned worldwide. Stefan constructed many internal and external strategies, bringing both direction and structure to the company.

Stefan, a US citizen who lived for most of his life as an expatriate in both South Africa and Austria, returned to the USA in September 2013. In January 2014, he was invited to join the First Performance team in the position of President and CEO.

Stefan is a devoted husband, serial entrepreneur, and car enthusiast.


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Macon, Macon, United States


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Current Position(s)

CEO and President | First Performance Corporation
Macon, United States of America | 2014 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

First Performance Corporation provides advanced technology solutions to the financial industry. We revolutionize the way in which people pay.


Previous Position(s)

co-CEO at Tranwall | Tranwall
GAUTENG, South Africa | 2013 - 2014

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Stefan Kraus joined Tranwall Holdings in January 2013, and was the co-CEO of Tranwall. Stefan was tasked with executing the companies mission in building trust in the global payments industry, and successfully developed and implemented their reseller model that spanned worldwide. Stefan constructed many internal and external strategies, bringing both direction and structure to the company.


Executive, Foresight | Gijima
Centurion, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

ICT and Telecommunications

Gijima acquired the business of Cubico Solutions, and its flagship technology, Foresight, in March 2010.

During his appointment at Gijima, Stefan was responsible for Foresight's ongoing strategy, technology direction, and market evangelism.


Co-founder | Cubico Solutions
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2003 - 2010

ICT and Telecommunications

Stefan, together with co-founder Aurelien Duarte, created and successfully brought to market their leading vulnerability management platform, Foresight, competing with both Qualys and McAfee Foundstone. Together, they successfully grew year-on-year revenue and matured the business to being Southern Africa's largest vulnerability management provider with over 1,000,000 annual endpoint audits.

In March 2010, Cubico Solutions was acquired by Gijima, a publicly traded company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (GIJ).


IT Director | BEST Holdings (PTY) Ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1999 - 2003

ICT and Telecommunications

Stefan, a founding shareholder in BEST Holdings (PTY) Ltd., was responsible for the development and management of corporate IT strategy, security, technology investments and policy.

The businesses focused on creating turnkey technology for both the telecommunications and process control industries.

Educational history

Tertiary

ISC2

2008 - 2008

CISSP - ICT Security

Redhill

1990 - 1997

Testimonials

Zak Cronje

"I have worked with Stefan for many years, when he was running Cubico Solutions, and afterward at Gijima, post the Cubico acquisition. His approach to business has been something to look up to, and his management style has been truly inspirational. Stefan has the ability to understand both technical and business problems, and address them in a manner that can only described as entrepreneurial. It has been a privilege to work together with Stefan, and I can highly recommend him in any business engagement.
- Zak Cronje, Security Architect, Gijima
" - 2012

Bernard Bergstedt

"Working closely with an entrepreneur as inspirational and hard working as Stefan has been a life changing event! Stefan assisted me in positioning his technology along with fellow founders at Cubico Solutions - Foresight to the market, and his unique art to 'closing the deal' has been nothing short of inspirational. Within a short time he assisted me in closing some significant deals within the Vulnerability Management and IT Security space! Stefan is a true deal-maker, visionary and leader in the South African IT industry. It was in incredible opportunity to work with Stefan Kraus!
- Bernard Bergstedt, Business Development, Gijima
" - 2012

Andre Herbst

"Stefan has astute business acumen. He has an almost intuitive and applicable understanding of how a company makes money. It includes a thorough understanding of what drives profitability and cash flow, a market focused approach to the business, and an overall big picture understanding of the business and its interrelationships.
- Andre Herbst, Tech Consultant, Gijima
" - 2012

Benzi Livneh

"Stefan is a very competent man. His technical vision exceeds that of his peers and his capacity to execute his vision is unique. Stefan also has the necessary commercial and managerial skills to convert a good technical solution to a thriving business.
- Benzi Livneh, Md, MicroCoal
" - 2012

Belinda Gentle

"Stefan is an entrepreneur that has been highly instrumental within the South African IT security industry. He has successfully sold his company, Cubico Solutions, to one of South Africa's largest JSE listed ICT companies, Gijima, and has become an inspiration to many other young entrepreneurs. I highly recomend Stef to any organisation.
- Belinda Gentle, Recruitment, Gallant Professional Recruitment Solutions
" - 2012

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