Directors' curricula vitae
Independent non-executive chairman
Cecilia Wendy Lorato Phalatse, Age: 54, 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. In 2016 Lorato was appointed independent non-executive director of Bid Corporation Limited.
Lindsay Peter Ralphs, Age: 61, Qualification: B.Com, BAcc, CA(SA)
Appointed: May 10 1992
Lindsay Ralphs was appointed a director of The Bidvest Group Limited on May 10 1992. Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries, Chairman of the Bidvest South Africa divisions and Chairman of Bidvest Namibia. During his Bidvest career he has been Group Operations Director, Managing Director of Bidvest Steiner and was responsible for forming the Bidvest Services division in 1994. In February 2011, Lindsay was appointed CEO of Bidvest South Africa and in May 2016 was appointed CEO of The Bidvest Group Limited after the unbundling of the Bidvest Food division.
Hans Peter Meijer, Group financial director, Age: 60, Qualification: B. Compt, MBL
Appointed: May 23 2016
Peter joined the Bidvest corporate office in 1990, then in 1995 moved into a subsidiary divisional financial role as financial director of Steiner, appointed as financial director of the Bidserv division in 2001, and finally the Bidvest South Africa division in 2011. Peter serves on all SA divisional boards and divisional audit committees, and was appointed to The Bidvest Group board as Group financial director on May 23 2016.
Anthony William Dawe, Chief executive of Bidvest Freight, Age: 50, Qualification: CA(SA)
Appointed: June 28 2006
Director of numerous Bidvest subsidiaries. Anthony has many 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. Age: 37, Qualification: Masters 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 10 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, Age: 44, Qualification: BCom Honours Business Economics and Industrial Psychology, MCom Industrial Psychology
Appointed: May 27 2015
Gillian previously held various operational roles 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.
Brian Joffe, Age: 69, Qualification: CA(SA)
Appointed: March 1 1989*
Since founding Bid Corporation in 1988, Brian served as executive chairman until his appointment as chief executive in 2004. Brian stepped down as CEO and was appointed as non-executive May 23 2016. 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”. Brian represented South Africa at the coveted “Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year” awards in 2003, was voted the Sunday Times’ Businessman of the Year in 2007, and awarded an honorary doctorate in May 2008 by Unisa. In 2010 Brian was selected by Wits Business School Journal as one of South Africa’s top 25 business leaders. In 2011 he was awarded the Life Time Achiever award (Sunday Times Business Times), having made a significant impact on business in South Africa. In 2016 Brian received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Witwatersrand. Listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 20 most powerful people in African business. Brian is currently appointed vice-chairman of the board of Adcock Ingram previously chairman (2014 – 2015) and was previously chairman of Bidvest Namibia (resigned in 2014). In 2016 Brian was appointed the executive chairman of Bid Corporation Limited.
Independent non-executive directors
Douglas Denoon Balharrie Band, Age: 72, Qualification: BCom, CA(SA)
Appointed: October 27 2003
Doug has extensive experience in both commerce and industry and has served in the chief executive position in three blue-chip listed companies. Over a period of 20 years he has also served as independent non-executive director on the boards of a number of prominent South African companies. He was recently appointed as an independent non-executive director of Bid Corporation Limited.
Eric Kevin Diack, Age: 59, 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 boards of Aveng Limited, Bidvest Bank Limited, Bidvest Bank Holdings Limited, McConnell Dowell Limited and Vast Resources Plc. Eric is chairman of the audit committee of Bidvest Bank.
Alexander Komape Maditsi, Age: 53, 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
Sibongile (Bongi) Masinga, Age: 49, Qualification: BCom, USA-SA Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programme (Wharton School of Business)
Appointed: December 4 2013
Bongi is one of the founding members of the Afropulse Group. Prior to this she was the chief operating officer and head of Corporate Advisory at 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, Averda South Africa and National Student Financial Aid Scheme. She also sits on applicable subcommittees. Bongi was a non-executive director of Mvelaserve Limited prior to the purchase of Mvelaserve by Bidvest.
Nigel George Payne, Age: 56, 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. In 2016 Nigel was appointed independent non-executive director of Bid Corporation Limited.
Tania Slabbert, Age: 49, Qualification: BA, MBA
Appointed: August 20 2007
Tania is a co-founder and non-executive director of WDB Investment Holdings and previously served as its CEO for 12 years. She also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Caxton, is a Trustee of the BPSA Education Foundation and is the Chairman of the WDB Seed Fund. Her previous directorships include Discovery, BP South Africa, Rennies Travel, National Small Business Development Council and the Lilliesleaf Trust.