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Independent non-executive chairman

Lorato Phalatse (54)
BA Political Science (Hons) University of Leeds UK
MA Southern African Studies University of York UK
Appointed: Appointed as director on April 20 2012 and as chairman during September 2012
Lorato is a non-executive director of Pick n Pay. Lorato has held various positions over the years including deputy director general in the office of the President and a number of other positions in the FMCG and retail banking sectors. Lorato was CEO and co-founder of Nozala Investments, a woman-led and controlled investment company. In 2016 Lorato was appointed independent non-executive director of Bid Corporation Limited.

Group chief executive

Lindsay Peter Ralphs (61)
CA(SA)
Qualification: B.Com, BAcc, CA(SA), Appointed: May 10  1992.
Lindsay Ralphs was appointed a Director of the Bidvest Group Limited on May 10 1992. Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries, Chairman of the Bidvest South Africa divisions and Chairman of Bidvest Namibia. During his Bidvest career he has been Group Operations Director, Managing Director of Bidvest Steiner and was responsible for forming the Bidvest Services division in 1994. In February 2011, Lindsay was appointed CEO of Bidvest South Africa and in May 2016 was appointed CEO of the Bidvest Group Limited after the unbundling of The Bidvest Food Division.

Executive directors

Hans Peter Meijer (60)
B. Compt, MBL
Group financial director
Appointed: May 23 2016
Peter joined the Bidvest Corporate office in 1990, then in 1995 moved into a subsidiary divisional financial role as financial director of Steiner, appointed as financial director of the Bidserv Division in 2001, and finally the Bidvest SA Division in 2011. Peter serves on all SA divisional boards and divisional audit committees, and was appointed to the Bidvest Group Board as Group financial director on May 23 2016.
Anthony William Dawe (50)
CA(SA)
Chief executive of Bidvest Freight
Appointed: June 28  2006.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Anthony has many years’ experience in the freight industry with most of those years focused in the South African port environment. Prior to this, Anthony’s finance experience was in London and for one of the large accounting firms in South Africa.
Nompumelelo (Mpumi) Themekile Madisa (37)
B.Comm (Hons) Economics and
BSc. Economics and Mathematics, MM in Finance and Investment
Masters in Finance and Investment
Executive director
Appointed: December 4  2013.
Mpumi was previously chief director in the Gauteng provincial government. During her ten years in the Bidvest Group, she has held various senior management and executive board director positions such as general manager business development, divisional director business development, corporate affairs director and sales and marketing director. Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries.
Gillian Claire McMahon (44)
BCom Hons Business Economics and Industrial Psychology, MCom Industrial Psychology
Executive director
Appointed: May 27  2015.
Gillian previously held various operational roles in customer service, operations, training and human resources. During her time at Bidvest Gillian has held various senior management roles including commercial director of Bidtravel and Group transformation executive. Gillian is a director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries.