AFRICAN DAWN ANNUAL REPORT 2017 7 The Board The board at the year end Mr. WJ Groenewald (“Jacques”) Chief Executive Officer and acting Chairman Jacques was appointed as a non-executive director on 17 November 2011 and was subsequently appointed as the acting CEO on 24 February 2014, Chief Executive Officer on 28 March 2014 and acting chairman on 2 June 2014. He holds a B Com (Hons) from the University of Stellenbosch. He was an investment professional in the asset management, investment banking and hedge funds industry with 18 years experience. Mr. G Hope (“Graham”) Chief Financial Officer Graham is a Chartered Accountant. Graham has 20 years of experience in trading banking and private equity investments. Ms. HH Hickey (“Hester”) Independent Non-Executive Director Hester was appointed as a non-executive director on 21 February 2011. She is a Chartered Accountant and consults to various companies specialising in risk and governance. She also performs the Board evaluation processes for the Institute of Directors. She is currently non-executive director and audit committee Chair for Omnia Holdings Limited, Pan African Resources Plc and she is a non-executive director of Northam Platinum Limited. She is a past Chairman of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in senior positions for a number of listed companies and serves on several audit committees. Hester lectured auditing at the University of the Witwatersrand and was a member of the King II task team. Ms. V. Lessing (“Vanya”) Independent Non-Executive Director Vanya was appointed on 29 May 2013. Vanya is the CEO of the Sure Travel Group, responsible for managing the interests of shareholders, licensees and suppliers. The Sure Travel Group manages the interests of 100 travel companies in South Africa and Namibia. Vanya is the former CEO of ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents). During her tenure there (2001 - 2005), she led the travel industry through change and a series of sensitive negotiations, resulting in a new industry business model. Vanya has extensive experience in collaboration and interaction with SMEs, expediting turnaround strategies. Her strong negotiating skills brings ‘on the ground’ expertise to the Board. Vanya is also a Board member of Sure Holdings (Pty) Ltd, ASATA and Worldwide Independent Travel Network Ltd (WIN).
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