CFO of Saratoga Investment Corp.
Henri Steenkamp is passionate about both countries he calls home, South Africa and the United States. Steenkamp grew up in his native Johannesburg as an avid fan of sports in South Africa including cricket, golf and rugby. Like most South Africans, he has had a lifelong love for the foods of South Africa. As an adult, his palette expanded to appreciate the fine, and globally emerging, varietals of wine from the Rainbow Nation.
Steenkamp’s passion for South African culture and lifestyle inspired him to share his experiences and knowledge of South Africa with the rest of the world. Now living in New York City, Steenkamp bridges both of his homelands providing insight into culture on both hemispheres. Through this blog, Steenkamp aims to help both South Africans and Americans understand a bit more about life in these diverse, yet similar, countries.
Henri Steenkamp is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg’s class of 1998, where he earned a bachelor of commerce with honors in financial accounting. Additionally, he is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Saratoga Investment Corp.
As chief financial officer, treasurer and chief compliance officer of Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE: SAR) and Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, Henri Steenkamp oversees a broad spectrum of financial, regulatory, operational and strategic functions for the publicly traded business development company. Based in New York, Steenkamp ensures the highest standard of due diligence in Saratoga’s underwriting process, as it evaluates middle-market companies for investment. From financial reporting and business analysis to risk management and projections, Steenkamp offers both transparency and strategic advice on potential buyouts, recapitalizations, debt refinancings, acquisitions and other transactions at Saratoga. In addition to investment opportunities, he manages Saratoga’s budget, measures and monitors business performance, ensures regulatory compliance and financial reporting, and optimizes financial planning in his day-to-day responsibilities.
Beginning as an associate and, later, assistant manager in the Audit division at PricewaterhouseCoopers South Africa, Steenkamp moved to the U.S in 2003 to become manager of Transaction Services. Among other accomplishments, he built an outstanding record in international GAAP conversions. Previous roles held at PwC include manager of Transaction Services and assistant manager in the firm’s South African Audit division.
After four years in New York, and a period as director of Transaction Services, Steenkamp left PwC and entered into a long, diverse tenure as a derivatives broker at MF Global. Over the next five years, he led MF Global’s extensive financial reporting and accounting initiatives, ascending from head of external reporting and accounting policy to global controller and chief accounting officer.
Named CFO of MF Global in 2011, Henri Steenkamp assumed this role after several years as global controller and chief accounting officer. During his term as CFO, Henri steered MF Global through bankruptcy administration as CFO of the holding company, providing critical leadership in the midst of adverse circumstances. During this time, Steenkamp developed and executed a comprehensive global financial transformation plan, leading 230-plus finance professionals in 15 countries. As a testament to his accomplishments, Treasury & Risk magazine chose him as one of its Top 40 Under 40 in 2011.
Since joining Saratoga, Henri Steenkamp has been an integral member of the executive team at Saratoga, where he works on a vast array of regulatory, operational and strategic matters for the publicly traded business development company. Along with his wife, Natasha, Henri lives in the greater New York area.