COO - PSI International
Versatile and adaptable, Clint Mellet spent over a decade with leading South African retailer PicknPay in accountancy, management and ownership roles, before working as a consultant for retail giant Shoprite, where the knowledge he had previously gained franchising the popular 7/11 convenience store brand was a valuable asset. Among his other positions, Clint then spent two years as the Financial Director of The Lighting Warehouse, before moving on to head the African expansion efforts of Blue Financial Services, a company where he worked alongside Riaan Swart.
Given his vast operations background, Clint was uniquely placed to take on the demanding, logistics intensive role of Chief Operations Officer at PSI. A qualified accountant who graduated from the University of Pretoria, Clinton is well versed in the areas of finance and negotiation and has a proven ability to create and manage networks effectively, a highly evolved skill he brings to the PSI environment in its entirety.
During his time with Blue Financial Services, Clint was responsible for rolling out 13 branches across Zambia, where he was based for two years in a multi-function role, managing all aspects of the local business from staffing and roll out to banking and licensing. This, in addition to the two years he spent in a similar role in Tanzania, and coupled with his experiences in Botswana and Uganda, has allowed him a unique perspective on the best ways in which to create and implement new infrastructure in line with business requirements across highly diverse, emerging markets.
As a result of his wide exposure to commercial enterprise, Clint is strongly motivated by PSI clients who understand and support social responsibility initiatives that marry their ability to generate revenue with their desire to make a philanthropic contribution to society.
Playing a key integrated role at PSI means that Clint is at the centre of the daily running of the business, a position matched to his resilient character, his patient outlook and his unflagging conviction that putting in the time and constantly making the effort to improve will ultimately yield results.
Speaking to the merits of the PSI system, Clint says that in environments which are sometimes understandably resistant to change, the payroll deduction solution helps to foster greater transparency in the financial process and ensures that both the interests of the credit providing institutions and the aspirations of credit seeking individuals can be well balanced throughout the duration of their engagement with one another.
Clint is also an accomplished cook whose talent and love for combining ingredients in the kitchen echoes his natural propensity for bringing people and ideas together.