Chairman and Board:
Director of Duimpie Bayly & Associates, technical consultant and adviser to the wine industry.
Director of Agrinet and Dorbyl, amongst others. He was formerly executive chairperson of Cadbury Schweppes (SA) until retiring in 2001.
Director of Remgro and Unilever South Africa.
Wine farmer and director of Het Jan Marais Fund.
Investment executive at WipHold and non-executive board member and audit committee member of ABB SA, MCG Industries, Landis+Gyr and SA Corporate Real Estate Fund Managers.
Dr Edwin de la H Hertzog
Chairperson of Medi-Clinic Corporation, non-executive deputy chairperson of Remgro, non-executive Director of Total (SA) and Trans Hex Group.
Group chief executive offi cer of Community Investment Holdings. Non-executive deputy chairperson of Jasco Electronic Holdings and non-executive director of Air Liquide Healthcare.
A founder and group chief executive officer of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD). Serves on the boards of Sun International, ABB SA, amongst others.
Regional chairperson of Investec Western Cape, chairperson of Clicks Group, Foschini, Lewis Group and, amongst others, also a director of Aspen Pharmacare, Sun International and Trencor.
Founder director of PSG Group Ltd, Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd and Zeder Investments Ltd. Non-executive director of PSG Group Ltd, Zeder Investments Ltd, Kaap Agri Ltd and non-executive chairman of Capevin Holdings Ltd and Capevin Investments Ltd. Serve on PSG Group Ltd’s Remuneration Committee and various committees to Capitec Bank Holdings Ltd and Kaap Agri Ltd. Appointed to Distell board with effect from 1 June 2011.
Retired managing director of SABMiller Africa & Asia. Non-executive director and member of the audit and risk committee of Tiger Brands. Chairman of Tsb Sugar Limited.
Group finance executive of Universal Healthcare. Director of Status Medical Aid Administrators and QA Care Plus. Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce.
Ben van der Ross*
Director of Firstrand, Momentum Group, Makalani Holdings, Naspers, Pick n Pay Stores and Lewis Group, as well as several other non-listed companies. He is currently the chairperson of Momentum Group audit committee.
# Executive *Independent
Jan Scannell (59)
Jan joined Distillers Corporation in 1979. He was appointed a director in 1988, and managing director in 1994. In December 2000, he was appointed managing director of Distell. Jan’s role is to ensure that the company delivers on its key objectives. He is also responsible for building a high-performance culture within the company.
Merwe Botha (57)
BCom Hons (Taxation), BCompt Hons, CA(SA)
Merwe joined Distillers Corporation in 1980. He was appointed financial director in 1997 and to his present position at Distell in December 2000. He is responsible for financial planning and control, information technology, statutory reporting and internal auditing.
Wim Bührmann (44)
CEO Distell Southern Africa
B Acc Hons CA (SA)
Wim joined Distillers Corporation in 1994, was appointed head of new business development in 2007 and took up his present position in July 2010. He is responsible for our business unit in South Africa and BNLS countries, including sales, distribution and marketing operations.
Pieter Carolin (55)
Pieter joined Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery in February 1977. He was appointed Operations Manager 1981. In 1994 he was appointed Distribution Director and in 2000 Operations Director. With the merger in 2001 he was appointed Group General Manager: Distribution and in 2010 Distribution Director, with responsibility for distribution in Southern Africa.
Vernon de Vries (53)
Director: Corporate Affairs
BA Hons; MBA
Vernon joined Distell in 2007 as General Manager: Corporate Affairs. He was appointed as a director in 2011. The Corporate Affairs division is responsible for the following functional areas within Distell: communication; social responsibility (via the Distell Foundation); stakeholder relations and reputational issues; and functions and events.
Don Gallow (52)
Don joined Distillers Corporation in 1986. He was appointed Distell’s international director in 2005 and is responsible for the International and Africa business.
Carina Gous (47)
Business director: Wine
Carina joined Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery in 1998 as brand manager, was appointed group brand manager in 2001 and regional business manager in the international division in 2003. She set up Cape Legends in 2004 and moved to group general manager: wine global marketing in 2007. She took up her present position in September 2010. Carina is responsible for the profitability and sustainability of Distell’s global wine business.
Donovan Hegland (36)
Marketing Director SA
BCom (Hons) Business Economics
Donovan joined Distell as Marketing Director for Southern Africa in October 2010, after 12 years in the tobacco industry. He has worked across various functions including Brand Marketing, Trade Marketing and Strategy & Planning. His role is to lead the development and execution of effective Consumer Engagement Strategies across the portfolios.
Schalk Klopper (49)
Hons BAcc CA(SA)
Schalk joined the Group in 1993 as cost accountant. He was appointed as distribution director of Distillers Corporation in 1995. Since 2001 he has been responsible for procurement, supply chain management and risk management of Distell. He took up his present position in October 2009 and oversees the operations of the Group, which includes bottling, distribution, technical services, procurement, supply chain management and risk management.
Dr Marius Lambrechts (44)
Quality management and research director
MSc Agric, PhD Agric
Marius joined Distell in 2001 as research manager and was appointed as director in August 2009. His role is to ensure total quality management is implemented throughout the Group and that ongoing research and innovation lead to new products and processes.
Nantha Moodley (51)
Nantha joined SFW in 1989 and has over 15 years’ experience in sales, training and distribution. He was appointed as sales director in May 2008. Nantha’s role is to ensure that we retain and improve our market leadership in South Africa. He oversees all our sales forces.
Kay Pillay (43)
Business director: Ciders and RTDs
Kay joined SFW in 1995 and has over 20 years’ experience in sales and key account management. He was appointed to his current position in May 2008. Kay is responsible for the profitability and sustainability of Distell’s business in the cider and ready-to-drink categories globally.
Malcolm Searle (50)
Malcolm joined Distell as marketing director in January 2004 with almost 20 years’ experience in fast-moving consumer goods, working as a marketing executive in several countries worldwide. He is responsible for building strong brand portfolios based on market strategies that leverage consumer insights and drive innovation.
Dr Caroline Snyman (35)
Business director: Spirits
BEng (Chemical), MSc, PhD, CWM
Caroline joined Distell in January 2000 as technical manager: spirits and was appointed to her current position in November 2004. She is responsible for the profitability and sustainability of Distell’s spirits interests.
Johan Venter (51)
Primary production director
Johan joined Distillers Corporation in 1990, was appointed head: spirits production in 1996 and in 2000 he became general manager: spirits at Distell. He took up his present position in January 2009. He is responsible for our farms; grapes, wine, brandy, and other raw material procurement; distillation, winemaking and blending.
Stoffel Cronjé (57)
Group Company Secretary
Stoffel joined Distillers Corporation in 1980. He performs all statutory company secretarial functions and is also responsible for the company’s human resources, legal and corporate strategy planning divisions.