AFRICAN DAWN ANNUAL REPORT 2019 7 The Board The Board composition at the financial year end Mr. J Slabbert (“James”) Non-Executive Chairman James was appoint on 6 December 2018. He has over 30 years experience in the Banking, Investments and Financial Services Industries, being involved in major businesses and various corporate transactions locally and Internationally. Prior to founding Gowin Capital (the holding company of Arvesco), James held the following positions: • Executive Director of Group Strategy at Absa. • Managing Executive of Absa Corporate & Business Bank at Barclays Africa Group Limited. • James was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of First South Financial Services (Later Macquarie First South). • Co-Head of Research for Southern Africa & Emerging Markets and Top-Rated Banks, Insurance and Financial Services. • Analyst at Merrill Lynch, which later became Bank of America Merrill. James is 56 years old. Mr. WJ Groenewald (“Jacques”) Chief Executive Officer Jacques was appointed as a non-executive director on 17 November 2011 and was subsequently appointed as the acting CEO on 24 February 2014, CEO on 28 March 2014 and acting chairman on 2 June 2014 to 6 December 2018. 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. Jacques is 52 years old. 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. Graham is 57 years old. 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 of Southern Africa. She is currently non-executive director and audit committee Chair for, Pan African Resources Plc and she is a non-executive director of Northam Platinum Limited. She is the Chairman of the Barloworld Risk Committee and a non- executive director and member of the audit committee. 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. Hester is 65 years old. Ms. V. Lessing (“Vanya”) Lead Independent Non - Executive Director Vanya was appointed on 29 May 2013. She has a Public Relations Diploma - Damelin and a Travel & Tourism Management - Postgraduate Diploma - Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. Vanya is the CEO of the Sure Travel Group, responsible for managing the interests of shareholders, licensees and suppliers. She 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. Vanya is 64 years old.
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