Directorate & executive

Chairman & board

* Independent #Executive

Piet Beyers


Formerly a director of, inter alia, Remgro, Richemont Société Anonyme and British American Tobacco. Appointed to the Distell board in 2000 and as member of the investment sub-committee in 2015.

Gugu Dingaan* (Alternate)

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

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 non-executive board member of Adcorp Holdings Limited and Novus Holdings Limited. Appointed to the Distell board in 2005, as member of the audit and risk committee in 2006, as chairperson of the social and ethics committee in 2012 and as member of the investment sub-committee in 2015.

Dr Prieur du Plessis

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

Chairperson of Plexus Holdings, an investment management business he founded in 1995. He also serves as deputy chairperson of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (member of Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Committee and Nomination Committee), chairperson of Grindrod Asset Management Holdings, and trustee of the Professional Provident Society (PPS) Holdings Trust. He is furthermore a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee and 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

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

Appointed as Chairman of the board in 2016. He is the Chief executive officer of Remgro and a director of, amongst others, RCL Foods, RMI Holdings, Capevin Holdings, Grindrod and Mediclinic International PLC. He also serves as a member of the Distell board remuneration committee, nomination committee since 2012 and as member of the investment sub-committee since 2015.

Pieter Louw (Alternate)


Alternate Director for Jannie Durand. He is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. in Stellenbosch before joining the Remgro Group in 2001. Currently he is Remgro’s Head of Corporate Finance and also serves on the board of RCL Food Limited.

Joe Madungandaba*


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. Appointed to the Distell board in 2000.

Ethel Matenge-Sebesho

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

An experienced banker and involved in other financial services activities. She is Head of New Markets for Home Finance Guarantors Africa Reinsurance, having established business in eight African countries. She serves on a number of boards, including Firstrand, Capevin Holdings and FinMark Trust. Appointed to the Distell board in 2015.

Louisa Mojela*


A founder and group chief executive officer of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD). Serves on the boards of Sun International and Life Health, amongst others. Appointed to the Distell board in 2005 and as member of the remuneration committee in 2006. Also a member of the nomination committee.

Chris Otto*


Founder director of PSG Group, Capitec Bank Holdings and Zeder Investments. Also non-executive director of Kaap Agri Investments and Capevin Holdings. Serves on selected audit and remuneration committees. Appointed to the Distell board in 2011 and as member of the investment sub-committee in 2015.

André Parker*


Chairperson of Tiger Brands. Retired managing director of SABMiller Africa & Asia, served on several boards of SABMiller subsidiaries in these territories and was also an executive committee member of SABMiller plc. Also a director of Standard Bank. Appointed to the Distell board in 2008 and as chairman of the remuneration committee in 2013. Also a member of the nomination committee and investment sub-committee (2015).

Richard Rushton#


Managing director of Distell.

Catharina Sevillano- Barredo*

BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Founder, director and chief financial officer of the Universal Healthcare group of companies. Formerly a Director of WIPHOLD and Concor Limited. She was also a member of WIPHOLD’s audit committee and chaired the Concor audit committee. Appointed to the Distell board in 2008, as chairperson of the audit and risk committee in 2009 and as member of the investment sub-committee in 2015.

Ben van der Ross*

Dip Law

Director of FirstRand, Naspers, Lewis Stores and MMI Holdings, as well as several other non-listed companies. Appointed to the Distell board in 2008.

Lucas Verwey#

BCompt (Hons), CA (SA), CFA

Director Finance

Executive management

Richard Rushton

Group Managing Director


Richard joined Distell on 1 November 2013. Richard’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.

Bridgitte Backman

Director: Corporate and Regulatory Affairs

B.Sc (Chemistry), HDE, MBA

Bridgitte joined Distell in 2016 and is responsible for the overall reputation management, stakeholder and corporate citizenship strategy of the company. She has multi industry experience in different functional, business and executive roles.

Wim Bührmann

Managing Director: Southern Africa

BAcc (Hons), CA(SA)

Wim joined the Group 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 functions in South Africa and BNLS countries, including sales, distribution and marketing operations.

Pieter Carolin

Distribution Director: Southern Africa

Pieter joined the Group in February 1977. In 2001 he was appointed Group general manager: Distribution and in September 2010 to his current position, with responsibility for the distribution function in South Africa and BLNS countries.

Dave Carruthers

Director: Global Marketing


Dave joined Distell as global marketing director in October 2014 and is responsible for establishing and implementing the global marketing and portfolio strategies. He has previously worked in international marketing roles in South Africa, Asia and the UK.

Vernon de Vries

Chief Executive: Distell Development Trust

BA (Hons); MBA

Vernon joined Distell in 2007 and was appointed as director of corporate affairs in 2011. He was appointed chief executive of the Distell Development Trust with effect from October 2016.

Carina Gous

Director: Luxury Brands

MSc (Chemistry), MBA

Carina joined the Group in 1998. She took up her present position in July 2015 and is responsible for the global marketing of Distell’s premium wine and spirits business.

Dr Marius Lambrechts

Director: Innovations

MSc Agric, PhD Agric

Marius joined Distell in 2001 as research manager and was appointed as QM&R director in August 2009. In July 2014 he was appointed in his present position.

Steven Nathan

Managing Director: International

BCom, BAcc (Wits), Electrical Engineering Wits Technikon T3

Steven joined Distell in September 2014 and was appointed in his present position in July 2015. He is responsible for running the Distell International operations in USA, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, Travel Retail, USA and Latam, including Burn Stewart Distillers and Bisquit.

Kate Rycroft

Director: Corporate Development

BSoc.Sci Hons, MBA

Kate joined Distell in 2003 and took up her present position in August 2014. She is responsible for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and RTM development outside of southern Africa. Her role is to step-change Distell’s growth through inorganic expansion and to deliver a clear and integrated corporate strategy.

Dr Caroline Snyman

Director: Marketing Southern Africa

BEng (Chemical), MSc, PhD, CWM

Caroline joined Distell in January 2000 as technical manager: Spirits and was appointed in her current position in May 2015. Her role is to lead the development and execution of effective consumer engagement strategies across the portfolios in South Africa and BLNS countries.

Donovan Hegland

Managing Director: Africa

BCom (Hons) Business Economics

Donovan joined Distell as marketing director for Southern Africa in 2010, before taking up his current role in April 2015. His role is to lead the acceleration of sustainable growth and profitability in Africa for Distell to become a leading alcoholic beverage player on the continent. His key focus is the establishment of strong RTM capability across the value chain and build supply, sales, marketing and distribution in our identified geographies.

Schalk Klopper

Director: Supply Chain

BAcc (Hons), CA(SA)

Schalk joined the Group in 1993. He was appointed as director: operations in October 2009 and took up his current position in July 2014. He is responsible for the full product life cycle from planning, sourcing, procurement, production, delivery to recycle or reuse of products and packaging.

Debra Ullrich

Director: Accessible Power Brands


Debra joined Distell in 2004 and was appointed to her current position in July 2014. The purpose of this division is to provide strategic guidance and to develop brand strategies to support value creation through the successful deployment and commercial optimisation of Distell’s current and future accessible power brands portfolio.

Johan Venter

Head: Centre of Excellence Intrinsic


Johan joined the Group in 1990. He is responsible for maintaining the world-leading intrinsic quality of our products as well as excellence in farming management and viticulture. He will also play a crucial role in building and expanding our luxury goods business.

Lucas Verwey

Director: Finance

BCompt (Hons), CA (SA), CFA

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.

JP van der Walt

Director: Human Resources

MCom (Industrial Psychology)

JP joined Distell in 2014 after a long career at British American Tobacco. He is responsible for the full spectrum of the human resources activities across Distell Group.

Lizelle Malan

Group Company Secretary

BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Lizelle joined Distell in 2012. She performs all statutory company secretarial functions and is also responsible for the company’s internal audit, risk management and legal divisions.