Thierry Pimi has led the Cummins Africa Middle East ABO since September 2018. Prior to
this, Thierry ran Cummins Southern Africa distribution business from January 2016, bringing
his proven financial, strategic, commercial and controls experience gained across the
business and various industries. In this role, he expanded the company’s business model and
aggressively pursued profitable growth opportunities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia,
Mozambique and Madagascar.
Thierry joined Cummins in 2008 in the Corporate Strategy team in Columbus, IN where he led
several projects involving growth, profitability, divestiture and acquisitions. In 2011, he was
appointed Africa Mining Territory Manager, a role in which he built strong relationships with
Distributors across the continent as he pushed to build HHP support capabilities. He also led
several initiatives to improve aftermarket support costs, efficiency and performance. In 2014,
he assumed the role of General Manager of Cummins North and West Africa Regional
Operations, overseeing the deployment and consolidation of company-owned entities in
Morocco, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Based in Dakar, Senegal, Thierry made a notable
difference in a market considered to be one of the largest and fastest-growing business areas
Thierry is a professional mechanical engineer with over 2 decades’ experience in the oil &
gas, mining, manufacturing and power generation industries. He grew up in Cameroon where
he earned qualifications in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Yaoundé 1. He also
holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with majors in Finance and Strategy from
Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana (USA) and a Certificate of Mining Studies from the
University of British Columbia (Canada).
He is passionate about achieving outstanding results with a diverse, inclusive and highly
motivated team. He is a staunch supporter of promoting local talent and has unleashed diverse
and capable teams across the regions in which he has worked, combining seasoned industry
leaders with exciting new hires equipped with strong local knowledge and solid regional
Thierry enjoys reading, team sports - especially soccer, and spending time with his family. He
and his wife, Yannick, and their four children reside in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Democratizing Energy Access
Democratizing Energy Access
There are currently 800 million people without access to energy in the world, 80% of them are in Africa. This lack of energy stifles economic growth and development. There are several reasons why access to energy remains a challenge across Africa – insufficient generation capacity, poor transmission and distribution infrastructure, lack of affordability and inadequate regulation. This panel seeks to discuss how the public and private sector can work together to solve Africa’s energy crisis.