Ian Flemming, Director
CA (SA) , Certified Rescue Analyst (UP)
Ian discovered his passion for business turnaround-related activities shortly after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in 2001. The two years thereafter which he spent at CMS Group gave him a solid grounding in the world of corporate renewal and restructuring, debt recovery and insolvency, working with some of the industries’ top professionals.
Fulfilling leadership roles in various industries from investment banking to retail gave Ian invaluable experience and insight into the uniqueness and complexities of every industry; his constant thirst for strategic and analytical excellence, combined with a very strong ability to execute, allowed Ian to experience first-hand what is required to create exceptional businesses.
In 2008 Ian co-founded Debt-IN, a professional outfit specialising in the recovery of distressed debt. Together with his industry experience, Ian brought to the table an unparalleled commitment to client service excellence, and an attitude that every project no matter how difficult it appeared on the surface, deserved to be given the best possible chance of success. These values translated into unprecedented growth for Debt-IN, with the company receiving various accolades from its clients for its often-unsurpassed ability to unlock value.
With his constant need to “fix things”, Ian played key roles in the proprietary turnaround of a steel manufacturing company and a FMCG retail operation between 2011 and 2016.
Ian has a passion for education, which he exercises through Fleming Pre-primary Centre, a school started by his mother in 1986. Ian took over the management of the school in 2010 and under his leadership it has showed continued growth and maintained its reputation as the first-choice provider of private pre-primary education in the geographical area in which it operates. The end of 2015 saw the establishment of a second school, with a third school planned for 2020. Fleming Pre-primary Centre gives Ian a much-needed creative outlet; with the ongoing expansion and upgrade of facilities he is constantly finding ways of building exciting and stimulating environments in which young children can thrive.
In 2016 Ian co-founded Engaged Business Turnaround, a business rescue and turnaround outfit with a value proposition aimed at assuring stakeholders that the business in question is given the best possible chance of success under the circumstances, that stakeholders’ exposures are managed in their best interests, and that the quality and credibility of the feedback to stakeholders allows for the most educated level of decision making.
Ian is a licensed business rescue practitioner and a member of SAICA and the Turnaround Management Association. He holds the CA (SA) qualification and the Certified Rescue Analyst qualification from the University of Pretoria.