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THE BOARD

The board was further strengthened, with the addition of two new board members. The board is pleased with its current diversity of gender, race and skill.

CMF (Cristina) Teixeira (38)   LE (Lindiwe) Bakoro (37)   Baroness L (Lynda) Chalker   Dr JL (John) Job (66)
Executive committee member   AC   AC, RC, NOM, SED   RC, REM
CMF (Cristina) Teixeira (38)
CFO
  LE (Lindiwe) Bakoro (37)
Independent non-executive director
  Baroness L (Lynda) Chalker
of Wallasey (69) (A)

Independent non-executive director
  Dr JL (John) Job (66)
Independent non-executive director
BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)   BCom, Post-graduate diploma in Accounting, CA(SA), HDip Tax Law, MCom   Fellow of the Institute of Statisticians, Recipient of nine UK honorary degrees   BSc (Hons), PhD in Physical Chemistry
             
During Cristina’s nine years at Group Five, with the last three as CFO, she has demonstrated her ability to manage the group’s complex and demanding local and global financial environment. Under her guidance, the group’s financial position has been very robust. She is also a valuable member of the group’s strategic development team. Cristina has led the group’s reporting strategy. This has been recognised through a number of awards for reporting and disclosure, including the Investment Analysts Society (IAS) award in its sector for five years in a row, as well as being the overall South African winner for 2010.   Lindiwe brings strong experience in project finance, with a particular focus on infrastructure projects. She has a questioning mind and strong financial acumen and provides valuable financial advice and guidance in support of the group’s financial position.   Lynda has extensive experience of working in Africa. She has a deep insight into the dynamics of African business and politics and interacts with African governments, resulting in an understanding of their fiscal policies and the regulatory environment. She also has a strong track record in community and social development. With her previous experience in the public sector as well as a director in commodity-driven entities working in Africa, her understanding of the group’s sectors and clients provides critical assistance to the group.   John brings significant operational, executive and strategic leadership experience to the group. He assists the group and management with evaluating new opportunities and is able to interrogate decisions on a very practical level. He has a particularly strong ability to identify potential problem areas and provide advice on how those should be resolved. During the year he was instrumental in guiding management in the Construction Materials asset valuation assessment process.

P (Philisiwe) Buthelezi (47)  
NOM
P (Philisiwe) Buthelezi (47)
Chairperson
BA Economics, MSC in Economics, MBA (UK)
 
Philisiwe provides strategic input to the group through her deep knowledge of broad-based black economic empowerment and transformation issues, as well as her hands-on executive business experience. As a skilled executive in the public sector, she provides insight into the South African landscape, with a particular focus on economic requirements and the strategic direction of policy makers. She has strong international business acumen, which has been very valuable to the group.

MR (Mike) Upton (56)  
RC, REM
Executive committee member
MR (Mike) Upton (56)
CEO
BSc Electrical Engineering, Professional Engineering (Pr Eng), Business Management Diploma (UK), FSAIEE
 
Mike adds significant value to the development of the group’s strategy through his extensive experience in multi-disciplinary engineering and infrastructure contracts. He has a keen understanding of new business opportunities and how to deliver on them. Mike has an empowering management style, which has produced an inclusive culture enhanced by the diversity of ideas generated from within the group. He encourages the continuous development of employees and has entrenched a performance and quality orientated culture.

SG (Stuart) Morris (65)   KK (Kalaa) Mpinga (50) (B)   OA (Oyama) Mabandla (48)   DDS (Struan) Robertson (61) (A)
AC, RC, REM, NOM   AC, RC, NOM, SED        
SG (Stuart) Morris (65)
Lead independent non-executive
director
  KK (Kalaa) Mpinga (50) (B)
Independent non-executive director
  OA (Oyama) Mabandla (48)
Non-executive director
  DDS (Struan) Robertson (61) (A)
Independent non-executive director
BCom, CA(SA)   BSc Agricultural Economics,
MSc International Agricultural
Development
  Juris Doctor (JD), BA Political
Science
  BSc (Mech) Eng MBA
             
Stuart is a very experienced executive in South Africa, with an ability to critically assess controls and financial risks and to advise on the adequacy of systems and procedures. He provides a solid sounding board to the group’s financial team and the chief financial officer. Stuart is also the board’s lead independent non-executive director. During the year, he provided substantial value with respect to some material matters the group had to deal with, including the unwinding of the iLima portion of its BBBEE ownership transaction and the economic issues experienced in the Middle East.   Kalaa brings significant experience in mining, construction, operational and relationship experience in Africa. He provides a clear understanding of the political and operating environment over-border, with a keen understanding of effective risk management. His experience as an executive and shareholder in his own businesses also offers a constructive perspective to the board and management team. He is a strong supporter of the group’s African expansion strategy.   Oyama was appointed in August 2011. He brings strong commercial and legal experience to the board.   Struan was appointed in August 2011. He brings international and very relevant industrial and engineering experience to the board. His experience of managing a major UK contracting business and his commitment to health and safety in the workplace will be of particular benefit to the board.
             
AC / Audit committee
RC / Risk committee
NOM / Nominations committee
  SED / SED committee
REM / Remuneration committee
  (A) = British
(B) = Congolese
   
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