George Ellis Director - Financial Services

George Ellis


George is a seasoned Strategy, Innovation, Operations and Technology consultant, with a focus on growth, efficiency and digital. He has more than 20 years of experience in driving and managing strategic change at an executive level within large and complex corporate environments.

He has a proven track record of not only shaping the strategic agenda, but also translating it into a set of executable strategic initiatives that will operationalise and commercialise the strategy with a focus on value creation and impact.

Key clients include Standard Bank, Absa, SARS, Auditor General, Sun International, Barclays, Telkom, Land Bank and multiple Start- up organisations


BComm (Marketing) - University of Pretoria BComm (Hons) Economics - University of Pretoria M.B.A - University of Pretoria

Selected Relevant Project Experience:

George has extensive experience in driving large scale strategic transformation at enterprise level:

▪ CEO sponsored transformation:

  • Large financial services organisation – Leadership framework & transformation
  • Large global acquisition of South African financial services organisation – Synergy Workstream Lead
  • Target Operating Model review to support growth agenda for a major African banking group
  • Design of a Digital Bank (X6)
  • Corporate & Investment Bank – Customer Centricity Transformation
  • CFO sponsored transformation:▪ Group Cost Efficiency Programme – deriving cost savings in excess of R400 million over a 2 year period▪ CFO & COO sponsored transformation:
    ▪ Various group level target operating model (GTOM) projects

Functional Expertise:

  • Strategy, Innovation & Growth
  • Operating Model & Business Model Design ▪ Operations Excellence
  • Organisational Development & Design
  • Shared Services
  • Leadership
  • Technology & Digital
  • Workflow& DocumentManagement
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (Synergy Analysis) ▪ Strategic Programme Management
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Business Process Re-engineering

Industry Expertise:

▪ Retail & Wholesale Banking

▪ Financial services 

▪ Government 

▪ Other: Services Industry

  • Business and Technology Architectural Programmes - R375 mill cost reduction in 3 years
  • COO
  • Group Workflow & Document Management Programme for large financial services organisation
  • Customer Administration Processing Programme (GTOM) – centralisation, automation and standardisation of Operartions & Technology for large financial services organisation, including Shared Services design
  • Group Securities & Collateral Management Programme 

Various other:

  • Shared services, operations standards (LEAN implementation)