POSITION: Chief Executive, Amsterdam Bank
Ian Kantor grew up in the Free State on irrigation schemes outside Bloemfontein and Winburg. He attended primary school in Bloemfontein and high school at Pretoria Boys High which he completed in 1963. He returned to Bloemfontein for his army training in 1964 and completed his B.Sc. Eng. (Elec) at Tuks in 1968 and MBA at the GSB / UCT in 1969.
Ian then started his career, in South Africa, as a systems engineer and salesperson for IBM.
After IBM he joined Lease Plan International, but resigned from LPI when they were taken over by Ned bank because he did not wish to work for a big bank. He taught business finance at WITS with the particular emphasis on the mathematics of finance. He had the ambition of doing research but unfortunately he never got there, because together with two colleagues he had also started Investec which got in the way of his teaching and his ambitions of doing research.
Ian is the founder of Investec Bank Limited. When it grew into one of the top rated new South African banking institutions, while remaining involved with Investec, until 2002 as Chairman of Investec Holdings Limited and till today as a Director of Investec, Ian moved to the Netherlands, in 1988 to develop the Insinger de Beaufort Group, a Private Bank which had been established in 1779.
In 2008 a partnership was formed between Insinger de Beaufort Holdings S.A., and BNP Paribas, the largest and arguably soundest Bank in Europe, through the acquisition by Insinger de Beaufort from BNP Paribas of an equally a prestigious old Dutch Bank: Bank Nachenius Tjeenk. Ian resigned as CEO of the Bank, to be appointed Deputy Vice Chairman of the combined new Group which would be called: Insinger de Beaufort; and at the same time became Chairman of Insinger de Beaufort Holdings S.A.