Board of directors

Executive Directors

Mark Blair

Chief Executive Officer

Year appointed
2006
Qualifications
CA(SA)

Mark Stirton

Chief Financial Officer

Year appointed
2019
Qualifications
CA(SA), FCMA, CGMA

Stewart Cohen

Honorary Chairman & Co-Founder

Year appointed
1986
Qualifications
BCom, LLB, MBA

Nigel Payne

Chairman

Year appointed
2007
Qualifications
CA(SA), MBL
Other Directorships
Alexander Forbes Holdings Ltd
Bidcorp LtdStrate (Pty) Ltd
Vukile Property Fund Ltd

Mark Bowman

Lead Independent, Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2017
Qualifications
BCom (Finance), MBA
Other Directorships
Tiger Brands Ltd
Dis-Chem Pharmacies Ltd
Grand Parade Investments Ltd

Daisy Naidoo

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2012
Qualifications
CA(SA), MCom(Tax)
Other Directorships
Anglo American Platinum Ltd
ABSA Group Ltd
ABSA Financial Services Limited
Hudaco Industries Ltd
Strate (Pty) Ltd
Redefine Properties Ltd

Jane Canny

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2021
Qualifications
FCG (CS, CPG, ACC)
Fellow of Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa
Other Directorships
The Spar Group Ltd

Keith Getz

Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2005
Qualifications
BProc, LLM
Other DirectorshipsSpur International Ltd
Kerzner Cape Properties (Pty) Ltd
Strate (Pty) Ltd
Trematon Capital Investments Ltd
Ingenuity Property Investments Ltd

Lucia Swartz

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2020
Qualifications
BA
Diploma in Human Resources Management
Advanced Management Programme

Mmaboshadi Chauke

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2018
Qualifications
The Small Enterprise Foundation
Mamor Investments (Pty) Ltd
AfroCentric Investment Corporation Limited
Santam Ltd

Steve Ellis

Non-Executive Director

Year appointed
2005
Alternate to Mark Blair
2021
Non-executive director
Qualifications
CA(SA)

Neill Abrams

Alternate Director

Year appointed
2010 Alternate to Stewart Cohen
Qualifications
BA, LLB, LLM
Other Directorships
Ocado Group Plc

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Board Committees

Audit & Compliance

The committee provides independent oversight of the effectiveness of the group’s assurance and compliance functions, with particular focus on combined assurance arrangements (including external assurance service providers, internal audit and the finance function) and the integrity of the annual financial statements and, to the extent delegated by the board, other external reports issued by the group.

Daisy Naidoo Chairman

Mark Bowman
Mmaboshadi Chauke

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Remuneration & Nominations

The committee oversees the group’s approach to remuneration to ensure fair, equitable and responsible remuneration in support of the group’s strategy. The committee is further responsible for overseeing that remuneration processes are carried out consistently and aligned to the group’s remuneration policy thus ensuring that the intellectual capital required to achieve the group’s imperatives is attracted, motivated, retained and rewarded. In addition, the committee oversees the composition and performance of the board and its committees.

Mark Bowman Chairman

Keith Getz

Lucia Swartz

Nigel Payne

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Risk & Information Technology

The committee is responsible for assisting the board in its oversight of risk, reviewing the group’s risk appetite and risk profile in relation to strategy, reviewing the effectiveness of the group’s risk management framework and the methodology used in determining the group’s risk profile and respective responses. The committee’s responsibility is to ensure that risks and opportunities are considered and managed in a manner that influences and fulfils the setting and achievement of the group’s strategy.

To fulfil its role, the committee oversees management’s implementation and execution of effective risk management which includes mitigation responses to key risks, reducing risks to within risk tolerance, insurance cover, business resilience, IT risk management and related assurance mechanisms. In addition, the committee plays an oversight and advisory role over the group’s IT.

Nigel Payne Chairman

Daisy Naidoo

Jane Canny

Mark Blair

Mark Stirton

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Social, Ethics, Transformation & Sustainability

The committee is responsible for fulfilling the functions set out in the Companies Act and provides oversight of and reporting on organisational ethics, responsible corporate citizenship, and stakeholder relationships. It reviews and monitors sustainable business practices and business ethics, including transformation as well as social and environmental practices, to ensure that the business achieves its strategic imperatives responsibly and ethically. This also encompasses an overview of labour practices to ensure fairness and monitoring the group’s commitment to promoting and protecting human rights.

Keith Getz Chairman

Daisy Naidoo
Lucia Swartz
Mark Blair

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Executive Leadership

Mark Blair

Chief Executive Officer

Year appointed
2006
Qualifications
CA(SA)

Mark Stirton

Chief Financial Officer

Year appointed
2019
Qualifications
CA(SA), FCMA, CGMA

Divisional heads – Trading divisions

Donovan Baney

Managing Director

Clint Larsson

Managing Director

Arn de Haas

Managing Director

Praneel Nundkumar

Managing Director

Ndumiso Manganye

Managing Director

Sally-Anne Jackson

Managing Director

Roger Maingard

Managing Director

Andrew Smith

Joint Managing Director

Shane Dryden

Joint Managing Director

Divisional heads – Support Services

 

Liziwe Masoga

People

Kim Sim

Technology

Antoinette Joubert

Strategy

Werner Pelser

Logistics

Suren Roopnarian

Risk

Richard van Heerden

Property

Janis Cheadle

ESG and Company Secretary

Matthew Wariner

Investor Relations and Stakeholder Engagement

Commitment statement

Integrity, competence, responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency are the key pillars for ethical and effective leadership and the starting point of good corporate governance. From the board and executive leadership to store associates, both individually and collectively, every group associate should do the right thing and display these key traits to enable delivery of appropriate outputs. Good corporate governance is aspirational and must be continuously monitored, adapted and improved. The disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the strength of the board’s leadership through consistent application of and continued commitment to the group’s beliefs. This ensured the group’s strategic direction and core values were uncompromised during the unprecedented past year. Governance practices must continue to be aligned and enable value creation through the achievement of group strategy.

The beliefs of Passion, Value and Partnership (refer page 9) and as expanded on in the group’s code of conduct, is the group’s internalisation of ethics and the standard of conduct against which each director and the board is measured.

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Code of conduct

The code of conduct, which formalises the group’s stance on various ethical issues, includes and upholds the group’s commitment to human rights, equal opportunity, fair treatment, forced and child labour, environment, and anti-bribery and corruption principles.

The code of conduct is published on the group’s website and is incorporated into associate employment contracts and contractual arrangements with suppliers and other service providers. The externally facilitated KPMG FairCall hotline provides a confidential mechanism for associates and third parties to report non-compliance with the code of conduct.

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B-BBEE Certificate