Directors' curricula vitae

Independent non-executive chairman
Lorato Phalatse, Age: 53, Qualification: 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.

Group chief executive
Brian Joffe, Age: 68, Qualification: CA(SA), 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 33 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” awards 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. Listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 20 most powerful people in African business. Brian Joffe was appointed chairman of the board of Adcock Ingram and resigned as chairman of Bidvest Namibia in 2014.

Executive directors
Bernard Larry Berson, Chief executive of Bidvest Foodservice, Age: 50, Qualification: Australian CA, Appointed: October 27 2003
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Bernard has 25 years of international financial, administrative and management experience in numerous industries, the past 18 years in the Australian, New Zealand, Asian, South African and European foodservice industries.

David Edward Cleasby, Group financial director, Age: 53, Qualification: CA(SA), 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.

Anthony William Dawe, Chief executive of Bidvest Freight, Age: 49, Qualification: CA(SA), Appointed: June 28 2006
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Anthony has 18 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, Executive director Bidvest South Africa, Age: 36, Qualification: MM in Finance and Investment, BComm Honours in Economics and BSc in Economics and Mathematics, Appointed: December 4 2013
Mpumi was previously chief director in the Gauteng provincial government. During her nine 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, Executive director Bidvest South Africa, Age: 43, Qualification: BCom Honours Business Economics and Industrial Psychology, MCom Industrial Psychology, Appointed: May 27 2015
Gillian previously held various operational roles at FedEx 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.

Lindsay Peter Ralphs, Chief executive of Bidvest South Africa, Age: 60, Qualification: CA(SA), 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, Bidserv was created and Lindsay was appointed its chief executive. During the Group restructuring in February 2011, Lindsay was appointed CEO of Bidvest South Africa. Lindsay was appointed to the board of Adcock Ingram in 2014. Lindsay was appointed as chairman of Bidvest Namibia in 2014.

Independent non-executive directors
Paul Cambo Baloyi, Age: 59, Qualification: MBA, MDP, SEP (Harvard), Appointed: April 20 2012
Paul is currently the managing director of CAP Leverage (Pty) Limited. Until April 2012, has been chief executive officer and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from June 11 2006. Paul also served as chief executive officer and managing director of DBSA Development Fund. Prior to this Paul had spent 30 years in the Financial Services Sector, with both Standard Bank and the Nedbank group. His last position at Nedbank was as managing director of Nedbank Africa. Paul has been an independent non-executive director on many boards locally and internationally including, African financial institutions. He was a council member of the Institute of Bankers and also served as chairman of the Nedmedical Aid. Other boards include, Old Mutual South Africa, Hudaco Industries Limited, AUSTRO Group Limited, CAP Leverage, ACBF on which he is chairman and Bidvest Bank Limited.

Douglas Denoon Balharrie Band, Age: 71, Qualification: CA(SA), Appointed: October 27 2003
Non-executive director of The Standard Bank Group Limited and MIH Holdings Limited. Doug has extensive experience in both commerce and industry and has served in an executive position in various blue-chip listed companies.

Alfred Anthony da Costa, Age: 50, Qualification: BCom (Hons), Appointed: December 8 2003
Director of the IQUAD group Limited, Dinatla Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited, chairman of the boards of RGT Smart Limited, SBL 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. He is a director of various subsidiary and associate companies of the Ukuvula group. Alfred has 22 years’ experience in top management.

Eric Kevin Diack, Age: 58, Qualification: CA(SA), AMP Harvard, Appointed: April 20 2012
Eric has extensive experience of the South African industrial and mining landscape. He has been integral to the negotiation and successful conclusion of a multitude of transactions during his corporate and entrepreneurial career. Eric has served on numerous major listed company boards, namely: AMIC, AECI, ArcelorMittal, Daewoo, Dorbyl, Haggie, Highveld Steel, LTA, McCarthy’s, Terra and Tongaat. Eric is a director on the board of Bidvest Bank Limited and Bidvest Bank Holdings Limited. Eric is chairman of the audit committee of Bidvest Bank.

Alexander Komape Maditsi, Age: 52, Qualification: BProc, LLB (Wits), LLM (Pennsylvania), LLM (Harvard), Dip Company Law (Wits), Appointed: April 20 2012
Alex is the current franchise director for Coca-Cola Southern and Eastern Africa. Alex has held various positions in Coca-Cola over the past 15 years. Alex has held various legal positions in companies in both South Africa and the United States.

Flora Nolwandle Mantashe, Age: 54, Qualification: BA (Hons), Business Management Programme (Wits Business school), Appointed: December 4 2013
Nolwandle has been at Pretoria Portland Cement Limited since 2008, where she served as the transformation executive until early 2014. She previously worked at Gold Fields. Nolwandle was a non-executive director on the board of Mvelaserve Limited prior to the purchase of Mvelaserve by Bidvest. Nolwandle is currently the chief operating officer of the Gwede Mantashe Foundation and serves on the board of the Accounting Authority Services SETA. Nolwandle has extensive experience in the field of human resources, particularly in transformation.

Sibongile (Bongi) Masinga, Age: 48, Qualification: BCom, USA-SA Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programme (Wharton School of Business), Appointed: December 4 2013
Bongi is the chief executive and one of the founding members of the Afropulse group. Prior to this she was the chief operating officer and head of Corporate Advisory at Africa Vukani Investments (now Quartile Capital). She has held various positions in financial services (including at DBSA and Gensec). She also gained merchant banking experience with Hill Samuel in London. She currently serves on the following boards: Regent Insurance and Regent Life Assurance and NSFAS. She also sits on applicable subcommittees. Bongi was a non-executive director of Mvelaserve Limited prior to the purchase of Mvelaserve by Bidvest.

Donald Masson, Age: 84, Qualification: ACIS, Appointed: March 10 1992
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries and is Chairman of Cashbuild Limited. Trustee of various pension funds. Donald is a former president of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut and a former member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council and chairman of the SA Post Office. He has 44 years of diverse business experience in senior executive positions at listed, unlisted and parastatal organisations. Donald chairs a number of divisional audit committees in Bidvest South Africa.

Nigel George Payne, Age: 55, Qualification: CA(SA), MBL, Appointed: June 28 2006
Director of companies, including the JSE Limited, Mr Price Group Limited (chairman), Vukile Property Fund Limited and BSi Steel Limited and is chairman of Bidvest Bank Limited.

Tania Slabbert, Age: 48, Qualification: BA, MBA, Appointed: August 20 2007
Tania is a director and co-founder of WDB Investment Holdings where she served as CEO for 12 years, managing the growth of the company’s investment portfolio from inception. Tania also served as CEO of the WDB Trust, supporting programmes providing rural woman with access to financial and non-financial resources. Her other directorships include Discovery and Caxton and she serves as a Trustee of the BPSA Education Foundation.

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Bidvest House
18 Crescent Drive
Melrose Arch
South Africa
Telephone: +27 (11) 772 8700


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