Serving oil, gas, mining and heavy industry in Africa and beyond


Management Team

Regis Head Office | Mauritius
Tel: +(230) 483 4700

David O’Connor - Chief Executive Officer

South African, David was born and educated in Port Elizabeth. He gained experience in the Civil Engineering trade, specialising in explosives and air compressors. Later he moved to the steel trade and became involved with export sales to all southern African countries. He capitalised on that experience to launch Regis Trading International in 1992. From this trading platform, supplying the Non-Governmental Organisations and the oil industry, he went one to create Regis Holdings, a successful multidisciplinary group employing close to 100 people in 5 different countries. A true entrepreneur, David has an exceptional talent for finding business opportunities and negotiating contracts.

Olivier Bernard - Chief Operating Officer

Olivier studied Business and Finance in Neoma (previously known as Reims Management School) in France, and a few years later studied Management at INSEAD. He gained experience with blue chip companies in the oilfield service industry in various countries in Europe and Africa. From 2000 until 2016 he was a key member of the team developing the biggest onshore support base in sub-Saharan Africa, based in Luanda (Angola), with a total investment of USD 1 billion. During this time, he assumed various positions, negotiating financing with international banks, implementing SAP (a German-based multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations), and ultimately in the general management of the company. He then moved to Regis in his current role.

Rob Bennett - Group Business Development

British/South African: an extraction metallurgist by training, Rob has over 35 years’ experience working across Tier 1, stock exchange-listed and private enterprises in global project delivery and financing, mining, metallurgical, process, energy and related infrastructure industries. He has executive and board level expertise across multi-cultural and international jurisdictions and ventures, including: finance facilitation, general management, marine vessel management, multi-disciplinary engineering, project and business development, 4th industrial revolution industry specific development, risk management, operational and asset management through to plant and enterprise optimisation

The Regis management team is in turn supported by teams of experienced and reliable managers in the various locations in which it operates.