De Villiers' career in marketing, sales and business development spans 18 years. He has recently returned from Switzerland where he held the position of senior marketing consultant for the Holcim Group covering Southern Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Prior to that de Villiers was vice president to the Holcim Group's Asian acquisitions in Sri Lanka. He has also worked for the likes of Rand Mines and Murray & Roberts.
De Villiers has a bachelor's degree in international business administration as well as a MBA in international marketing, both from the USA. He is currently completing a commerce degree in Economics and Industrial Psychology.