Directorate & executive

Chairman & board

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PIET BEYERS (67)

BCom LLB, MBA

Independent nonexecutive

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2000 and as a member of the investment subcommittee in 2015

Expertise: International business, marketing and fast-moving consumer goods

Other: Formerly a director of, inter alia, Remgro, Richemont Société Anonyme and British American Tobacco


GUGU DINGAAN (41)

BCom (Accounting), H Dip Acc, CA(SA)

Independent non-executive (alternate for LM Mojela)

Gender: Female

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2005, as a member of the audit committee in 2006, as chairperson of the social and ethics committee in 2012, as a member of the risk and compliance committee in 2016 and as a member of the investment subcommittee in 2015

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, general business, mergers and acquisitions, transformation, risk management and governance

Other: Investment executive at WIPHOLD, and non-executive board member and audit committee member of Landis+Gyr, SA Corporate Real Estate Limited and Novus Holdings Limited. She is also a nonexecutive board member of Adcorp Holdings Limited


DR PRIEUR DU PLESSIS (62)

BSc (QS), MBA (Cum Laude), DBA (Doctor of Business Administration – Finance), Chartered Director (SA)

Independent non-executive

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in November 2015, as member of the audit committee in 2016, as chairman of the risk and compliance committee in 2016 and as a member of the social and ethics committee in 2016

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, international business, general business, governance, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management

Other: Chairperson of Plexus Holdings, an investment management business he founded in 1995. He also serves as chairperson of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and Bridge Fund Managers, and as director of PPS Insurance Company.He is a member of the advisory board of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), chairperson of the audit and risk committee and a member of the investment committee of Stellenbosch University. Additionally, he is professor extraordinaire at the USB, Honorary Consul General of Slovenia for South Africa and Deputy Dean of the Consular Corps of Cape Town


JANNIE DURAND (50)

BAcc Hons, MPhil (Oxon), CA(SA)

Non-executive chairman

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board, remuneration committee and the nomination committee in 2012 and as a member of the investment subcommittee in 2015. Appointed as chairperson in 2016 and as chairperson of the investment subcommittee in 2015

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, international business, general business, mergers and acquisitions, marketing, fast-moving consumer goods, manufacturing, legal and governance

Other: Chief executive officer of Remgro and a director of, inter alia, RCL Foods,
RMI Holdings Limited, Capevin Holdings Limited and Mediclinic International PLC


PIETER LOUW (48)

CA(SA)

Non-executive (alternate for JJ Durand)

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board, as alternate director for JJ Durand, in 2014, to the investment subcommittee in 2015 and to the risk and compliance committee in 2016. He attends the audit, remuneration and nomination committee meetings as an invitee

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, general business, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and governance
Other: Board member of Capevin Holdings Limited and RCL Foods Limited. He is currently Head of Corporate Finance at Remgro


JOE MADUNGANDABA (59)

CPA(SA)

Independent non-executive

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the Distell board in 2000

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, international and general business Other: Group chief executive officer of Community Investment Holdings Group, non-executive chairperson of Schneider Electric, non-executive deputy chairperson of Jasco Electronic Holdings and non-executive director of Air Liquide Healthcare and of
Afrocentric Limited


ETHEL MATENGESEBESHO (62)

MBA (Brunel University of London) and CAIB(SA)

Non-executive

Gender: Female

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2015 and as member of the risk and compliance committee in 2016

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, international business, general business, marketing, risk management and governance

Other: Director on the boards of FirstRand, Capevin Holdings and FinMark Trust


LOUISA MOJELA (61)

BCom, National University of Lesotho

Independent non-executive

Gender: Female

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2005, as a member of the remuneration committee in 2006 and the nomination committee in 2006

Expertise: General business, transformation and governance

Other: Founder and group chief executive officer of WIPHOLD, director on the boards of Sun International and Life Health


CHRIS OTTO (67)

BCom LLB

Non-executive

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2011 and as a member of the investment subcommittee in 2015

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, international business, general business, mergers and acquisitions, retail operations, marketing, manufacturing, risk management, legal, human resources, sustainability and governance

Other: Founder director of PSG Group, Capitec Bank Holdings and Zeder Investments. He is also non-executive director of Kaap Agri Investments and Capevin Holdings Limited and serves on selected audit and remuneration committees


ANDRÉ PARKER (66)

MCom

Independent non-executive

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2008 and as lead independent director in 2016. He was appointed as chairperson of the remuneration committee in 2013 and as chairperson of the nomination committee in 2017. He has been a member of the investment subcommittee since 2015

Expertise: International business, general business, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and fast-moving consumer goods

Other: Retired managing director of SABMiller Africa and Asia, where he served on several boards of SABMiller subsidiaries, and was also an executive committee member of SABMiller plc. He is also a director of Standard Bank


RICHARD RUSHTON (54)

BCom

Executive director

Gender: Male

Tenure: Appointed to the board in 2013

Expertise: International business, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and fast-moving consumer goods


CATHARINA SEVILLANOBARREDO (54)

BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Independent non-executive

Gender: Female

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the board in 2008, as chairperson of the audit committee in 2009, as member of the risk and compliance committee in 2016 and investment subcommittee in 2015

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, international business, general business, mergers and acquisitions, transformation, risk management and governance

Other: Founder, director and chief financial officer of the Universal Healthcare group of companies and formerly a director of WIPHOLD. She was also a member of WIPHOLD’s audit committee and chaired the Concor audit committee


BEN VAN DER ROSS (70)

Dip Law

Independent non-executive

Gender: Male

Tenure and committees: Appointed to the Distell board in 2008

Other: Director of FirstRand, Naspers, Lewis Group and MMI Holdings, as well as  several other non-listed companies


LUCAS VERWEY (43)

BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), CFA

Executive director

Gender: Male

Tenure: Lucas joined Distell in 2014. He was appointed to his current position in September 2015. He is responsible for financial planning and control, information technology and statutory reporting

Expertise: Financial markets and investments, general business, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and governance

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT


RICHARD RUSHTON

Group managing director


BRIDGITTE BACKMAN

Director: corporate and regulatory affairs


WIM BüHRMANN

Managing director: Southern Africa


DAVE CARRUTHERS

Outgoing Director: global marketing


DONOVAN HEGLAND

Incoming Director: global marketing


DR MARIUS LAMBRECHTS

Director: innovations


YOKESH MAHARAJ

Managing director: Africa


LIZELLE MALAN

Group company secretary


STEVEN NATHAN

Managing director: international


KATE RYCROFT

Director: corporate development


JP VAN DER WALT

Director: human resources


JOHAN VAN ZYL

Supply Chain Director


LUCAS VERWEY

Group finance director


VERNON DE VRIES

Chief Executive: Distell Development Trust