Alan Keith Olivier (58)Chairman
BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Date of appointment: August 2018
Having been employed by Grindrod Limited Group (“Grindrod”) in 1986, prior to its listing on the JSE, Alan has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry. He was appointed as an executive director of Grindrod in 1999 and remained in this position until 2017. Grindrod has twice been voted the top listed shipping company in the world by Marine Money. Positions held within Grindrod include – treasury, financial director, shipping chief executive and group chief executive of the listed entity. Alan has served on a number of boards in both executive and non-executive capacities including being chairman of Grindrod Bank between 2014 and 2017.
Stuart Ian Bird (59)BCom, BCom Agric Mgmt, CA(SA)
Date of appointment: 1 February 2019
Stuart held various auditing and accounting focused positions in his early career and was appointed as the financial director of Hub Trading Company, previously a division of Mr Price Group Limited, in 1993, whereafter he was promoted to managing director in 1999. In 2001, he joined Mr Price Apparel (a division of Mr Price Group Limited), as the deputy managing director and took over the reigns as managing director in 2002. He was appointed as deputy chief executive officer of Mr Price Group Limited in 2010 and promoted to chief executive officer in 2011, in which position he remained until his retirement in 2018.
David Hugh Brown (56)BCom, CA(SA)
Date of appointment: August 2018
David is currently the chief executive officer of MC Mining Limited. He held various accounting focussed positions in his early career and was appointed as financial director of Amdahl South Africa Proprietary Limited in 1996. Thereafter he joined Impala Platinum Holdings Limited as chief financial officer in 1999 and then served as its chief executive officer from September 2006 to June 2012. David also served as chairman of the audit and risk committee and as a member of the board of directors of Edcon Group Limited between January 2013 and December 2015. He is presently a member of the advisory board of Accenture SA Proprietary Limited and a non-executive director of Northam Platinum Limited and Vodacom Group Limited.
Thembakazi (Thembi) Iris Chagonda (47)BSocSci, Dip Labour Law
Date of appointment: August 2008
Thembi’s career has been in human capital management for the last 22 years. She is currently managing director of Global Business Solutions, a labour law, BEE consultancy and training and development company. Thembi was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Oliver Empowerment Awards in the Top Black Female Leader of the Year category.
Desmond (Des) de Beer (57)Managing director and chief executive officer
Date of appointment: July 2002
Des spent the first part of his career in the banking industry, first with Barclays Bank in South Africa and later with Syfrets which was merged into Nedcor Investment Bank. He was appointed General Manager Corporate Equity and served on the bank’s executive committee. He has served on the boards of a number of listed property companies and he is currently a director of NEPI Rockcastle and chairs its investment committee.
Andries de Lange (45)Chief operating officer
Date of appointment: November 2006
After completing his articles, Andries joined the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited and then Nedbank Limited where he gained experience in debt finance, debt and equity restructurings and private equity. He joined the Resilient Group in 2004.
Nicolaas (Nick) Willem Hanekom (39)Financial director
BAcc (Hons), CA(SA)
Date of appointment: May 2011
Nick completed his articles with PwC in Johannesburg whereafter he joined PwC London. On his return to South Africa in August 2005 he was employed by Resilient, initially as company secretary and, with effect from May 2011, as financial director of Resilient. Nick was previously the financial director of Fortress.
Desmond (Des) Kevin Gordon (57)BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Date of appointment: August 2018
Des currently consults in a business development role and acts for companies in developed economies with African growth ambitions. He served as group financial manager of Group Five Limited between January 1991 and August 1996. Des spent the greater part of his career at Enviroserv Waste Management, first as chief financial officer for four years and then chief executive officer for 16 years. In 2008, the company was bought out by Absa Private Equity and delisted from the JSE.
Jacobus Johann Kriek (53)Stanford Executive Programme
Date of appointment: June 2004
For the past 33 years, Johann has been involved in retail property management, letting, retail acquisitions and development with an emphasis on the development and redevelopment of underperforming shopping centres.
Marion Lesego Dawn Marole (58)BCom (Acc), TED, MBA
Date of appointment: May 2016
Dawn’s career has predominantly been in the financial services sector. She is the former Chairperson of Kumba Resources Limited and presently serves on the boards of numerous listed and unlisted companies within the private sector such as MTN Group Limited, Santam Limited and Development Bank of Southern Africa. In addition, Dawn formed part of the Presidential Review Committee for State Owned Enterprises and is currently the Executive Chairperson of Executive Magic.
Protas Phili (43)MCom (Tax), CA(SA)
Date of appointment: December 2015
Protas is currently the managing director of Khwezela Investment Group Proprietary Limited, non-executive director of National Nuclear Regulator and a member of the audit and risk committee of Financial Intelligence Centre. Protas was previously the chief financial officer of Sentech Limited, deputy director-general and chief financial officer in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, non-executive director of Rand Merchant Bank, WesBank and Capital Property Fund Limited (“Capital”), and National Housing Finance Corporation Limited. Protas was also previously a member of the national taxation committee of the SAICA and a member of the South African Reserve Bank Governor’s Economic Roundtable Forum.
Umsha Reddy (48)BSc Eng (Electrical), MBA, PCIC
Date of appointment: March 2012
Umsha Reddy is a graduate electrical engineer whose 24 years of work experience spans the engineering, business and IT environments. She has worked in virtual teams across global borders since 1998. Her experience encompasses consulting, systems integration, energy, telecommunications, FMCG, manufacturing, property and transport. Her expertise includes business transformation, systems engineering, people management, business planning as well as project, programme and portfolio management. She has sound knowledge and understanding in the areas of commercial operations, solution selling, customer partner experience, mergers, acquisitions and globalisation. She is currently the IT Director for PepsiCo Sub Saharan Africa. In her spare time she has an executive coaching practice and mentors MBA students through Henley Business School.
Barry Daniel van Wyk (52)BCom, BAcc, CA(SA)
Date of appointment: November 2002
Barry heads up Renlia Developments Proprietary Limited, a property investment and development company primarily focused on office, industrial and residential opportunities. He is a director of Newpark REIT Limited and was previously an executive director of Group Five Limited and managing director of Group Five Developments.