Ritam Holdings

Mr. Peter Van der Bijl (66)

Chief Executive Officer TFM Defence & Aerospace

  • Masters degree in Electronic Eng (University of the Witwatersrand),

  • Masters in Aerospace (Cranfield Institute of Technology¬† in the UK in 1983)

Joined TFM Defence & Aerospace in April 2022.


Peter has over 43 years of local and international experience in the Defence and Aerospace industries he and has held a variety of technical and management positions.

He previously served as a director and held a term as the Vice-Chair of The South African Aerospace, Maritime Defence Industry Association and was the Treasurer for many years.

After receiving his commission in the SAAF in 1979 Peter joined the newly formed, Armscor-owned missile company, Kentron, (which became Denel Dynamics in 1994). Missile guidance was his field of endeavour, and he became the head of the Analysis Division in 1984. The Seeker UAV and Umkhonto missile were conceived in this period.

He ran the company Synertech which upgraded the SAAF Cactus Air Defence system (to include the early Umkhonto) after which he joined the emerging Denel Export Marketing effort in 1990, concentrating on selling Dynamics products in the Middle East, Asia and the Far East.

After accepting the position of VP of Marketing at the French company GECI, Peter worked in France and Germany for 5 years on forming multinational teams to design commuter jets. GECI was listed on the Euronext in this period.

He returned to Denel to assist with the management of the Aerospace business under the then CEO, Victor Moche, and became the Deputy of the Denel Aerospace Group.

In 2004 Peter became the GM of the Land and Joint unit of the French-listed Thales Group in RSA where the major programmes were Command and Control for the SA Army Artillery and Intelligence commands.

In 2008 Peter accepted the position of CEO of the Reutech group of companies, within the JSE listed REUNERT Ltd. He was subsequently appointed in 2014 as CEO of the Applied Electronics Holdings segment (which also contained the renewable Energy assets of REUNERT) and held that position until March 2021 after which he was appointed Segment Head for Renewable energy.