The Executive Committee

Gavin Acar

Gavin Acar - Managing Director

Gavin Acar - Managing DirectorGavin Acar was appointed CEO of Compressor and Engine Engineering (Pty) Ltd in October 1999. Gavin joined C&E as a Fitter and Turner in June 1991 and became Factory Manager in 1995. Under his tenure as CEO of C&E, the company has diversified its focus beyond its engineering roots and has become one of South Africa’s leading suppliers to the locomotive and compressor air industries. Gavin has an N6 in Mechanical Engineering and was profiled as a Business Leader in Creamer Media’s “Engineering News” in August 2010.

Gavin Acar

Kim Ishwarlall - CEO

Kim holds a Diploma from the University of Johannesburg majoring in Business Management and a Marketing Diploma from the Institute of Marketing. He has more than 10 years’ experience in strategic management and planning. He held a managerial position at Barloworld Equipment and PPC Cement for 5 years before he moved to Atlas Copco as a Senior Manager & Strategy Manager for Africa. He further completed his Management Development Programme (MDP) at the International AC Academy in Belgium. He left to venture into his own business and has since been involved with numerous entrepreneurial ventures during this time as a founder and developer. He is a director and sits on the board of various investee entities within the group.


Debra O’Callaghan - Financial Director

Debra O’Callaghan was appointed Financial Director of Compressor and Engine Engineering (Pty) ltd on the 1st of September 2011. Prior to this Debra was Financial Manager at Private Label Promotion (Pty) Ltd from April 2008 to August 2011. Debra ran the Finance and Payroll Division for the PLP Group of Companies. Private Label Promotion is one of the leading South African companies within the technology, lifestyle and business systems arenas and provides solutions to Top 40 companies in South Africa.