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Non-executive chairman

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (58)

BProc
Non-executive chairman, appointed July 6 2004.
Executive chairman of Shanduka Group (Pty) Limited. Joint non-executive chairman of Mondi plc and non-executive chairman of MTN Group Limited and SASRIA Limited. Non-executive director of SAB Miller plc, Lonmin plc, Macsteel Global BV, Alexander Forbes Equity Holdings Limited and The Standard Bank Group Limited. Cyril is the past chairman of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission and has received several honorary doctorates.
Board committee membership: nominations
 
   
       
 

Chief executive

Brian Joffe (64)

CA(SA)
Chief executive, appointed March 1 1989.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Since founding Bid Corporation in 1988, Brian served as executive chairman until his appointment as chief executive in 2004. He has over 32 years of South African and international commercial experience. Brian was one of the Sunday Times’ top five businessmen in 1992 and is a past recipient of the Jewish Business Achiever of the Year award, was listed as one of the Top 100 Africans of the Year in the Africa Almanac in 2001, was voted South Africa’s Top Manager of the Year in 2002 in the Corporate Research Foundation’s publication “South Africa’s Leading Managers”, represented South Africa at the coveted “Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2003, voted the Sunday Times’ Businessman of the Year in 2007, awarded an honorary doctorate in May 2008 by Unisa and selected in 2010 by Wits Business School Journal as one of South Africa’s top 25 business leaders, having made a significant impact on business in South Africa over the last five years.
Board committee membership: risk and sustainability, acquisition, nominations and transformation
 
   
       

 

 

Bernard Larry Berson (46)
Australian CA
Chief executive of Bidvest Foodservice, appointed October 27 2003.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Bernard has 24 years of international financial, administrative and management experience in numerous industries, the past 16 years in the Australian, New Zealand, Asian, South African and European foodservice industries.
Board committee membership: risk and sustainability

David Edward Cleasby (49)
CA(SA)
Group financial director, appointed July 9 2007.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries and associate companies. David was financial director of Rennies Terminals when Bidvest acquired Rennies Group in 1998. In 2001, he joined the Bidvest corporate office where he has been involved in both Group corporate finance and investor relations. David was appointed as an alternate director to Peter Nyman on June 28 2006 and appointed Group financial director on July 9 2007.
Board committee membership: risk and sustainability, acquisition





  Anthony William Dawe (45)
CA(SA)
Chief executive of Bidvest Freight, appointed June 28 2006.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Anthony has 17 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.
Board committee membership: risk and sustainability, transformation

Lionel Isaac Jacobs (67)
BCom, MBA
Commercial director Bidvest South Africa, appointed August 20 2003.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries, Bassap Investments (Pty) Limited and Dinatla Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited. Lionel is an entrepreneur with extensive negotiating and investment skills and established Bassap Investments (Pty) Limited, a core shareholder in the Dinatla Consortium, to further his commitment to the principles of black economic empowerment.
Board committee membership: transformation
(chairman)

Peter Nyman (66)
CA(SA), HDip Tax Law
Executive director, appointed February 1 1991.
Peter has been an executive director of the Group for nearly 21 years. He is a director of Bidvest Bank Limited, Chairman of the Trustees of the Quantum Medical Aid Society, Bidcorp Group Pension Fund and Bidcorp Group Provident Fund and Chairman of McSure Limited and McLife Assurance Company Limited.
Board committee membership: risk and sustainability

  Lindsay Peter Ralphs (55)
CA(SA)
Managing director of Bidvest South Africa, appointed May 10 1992.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Lindsay joined Bidvest as operations director in 1992. In 1994 he was appointed managing director of Steiner and following the acquisition of Prestige to form Bidserv, appointed its chief executive. During the Group restructuring in February 2011, Lindsay was appointed managing director of Bidvest South Africa.
Board committee membership: risk and
sustainability, acquisition, transformation

Alan Charles Salomon (62)
CA(SA), BSc (London) (with honours)
Executive director, appointed September 10 1990.
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries and managing director of Bidvest Bank. Alan has 32 years’ experience in the fields of manufacturing, distribution and treasury management.
Board committee membership: risk and sustainability
 

 

 

 

Non-executive directors

Rachel mathabo Kunene (71)

BA (English Lit) (UCLA)
Appointed December 8 2003. Director of PMB Petroleum Services (Pty) Limited, Dinatla Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited, Ikhwezi Lomso Laundries (Pty) Limited and Ilembe Airport Construction Services (Pty) Limited (King Shaka Airport). Managing Trustee of Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust. Mathabo is the founder and chief executive officer of Nandi Heritage (Pty) Limited and president of Kunene Manuscript Museum (Durban South Africa).
 

 

   
       
 

Tania Slabbert (44)

BA, MBA
Appointed December 8 2003. Non-executive director of BP South Africa (Pty) Limited, Discovery Holdings (Pty) Limited, Dinatla Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited and the Business Women’s Association. Since 2001, Tania has been the chief executive officer of WDB Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited, a company that funds the small businesses of over 47 000 rural female entrepreneurs across South Africa.
Board committee membership: nominations, transformations
 
   
       
 

Alfred Anthony da Costa (46)

BCom (Hons)
Appointed December 8 2003. Director of the IQUAD Group Limited, chairman of the boards of RGT Smart Limited, Dinatla Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited and Bidvest Wits University Football Club (Pty) Limited. Alfred is chief executive officer of Ukuvula Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited, council member of the University of South Africa and past president of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and is also a trustee of the Bidvest Dinatla Trust. He is a director of various subsidiary and associate companies of the Ukuvula group. Alfred has 21 years’ experience in top management.
 
   
       
 

Frederick John Barnes (60)

British
The previous chief executive of Bidvest Europe and 3663 First for Foodservice. Fred has extensive international foodservice and distribution experience.