Directorate

Executive Directors

A D MURRAY (61)

BA, CA
Appointed: 2007
 
Member of: Risk and Social and Ethics Committees
Meetings attended by invitation: Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
 
Joined the Group: 1985
 
Doug, our Chief Executive Officer, joined the Group in 1985, was appointed to the Operating Board in 1997 and was appointed as an Executive Director of The Foschini Group Limited in 2007. Doug’s extensive retail experience includes holding the positions of Managing Director: Pages (subsequently rebranded Exact) and Managing Director: American Swiss Jewellers. He was Retail Director of the Group for 10 years prior to his appointment as CEO. Doug will be retiring as CEO in September 2018.
 

A E THUNSTRöM (47)

BCom (Hons Acc), CA(SA)
 
Appointed: 2015
 
Member of: Risk Committee
Meetings attended by invitation: Audit and Social and Ethics Committees 

Joined the Group: 2015
 
Anthony, our Chief Financial Officer, joined the Group and was appointed as an Executive Director of the Group in 2015. Prior to this, he had 21 years’ professional services experience with KPMG where he held various regional and pan-African leadership positions, including Anthony will assume the position of CEO on Doug Murray's retirement in September 2018.
 

 


Independent Non-Executive Directors

M LEWIS (59)

Chairman
 
BA (Econ) (Hons)
 
Appointed: 1989 
 
Member of: Nomination and Remuneration Committees
Chairman of: Nomination Committee
Meetings attended by invitation: Risk and Audit Committees
 
Michael has more than 35 years’ experience in the investment management and retail sectors. He is the Chairman of Strandbags Holdings Proprietary Limited (Australia)and Oceana Investment Corporation Limited (UK) and a partner of Oceana Investment Partners LLP (UK). He is also a director of Histogenics Inc. (USA) and United Trust Bank Limited (UK). Michael served on the supervisory board of Axel Springer AG (Germany) and on the board of Cheyne Capital Management LLP (UK). He previously worked at funds managers Ivory & Sime and Lombard Odier.
 

S E ABRAHAMS (79)

FCA, CA(SA)
Appointed: 1998
 
Member of: Audit and Nomination Committees
Chairman of: Audit Committee
 
Open invitation: Risk Committee
 
Also a director of a South African company: Investec Bank Limited
 
Sam is a very experienced Director. He was formerly an international partner and South African Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen. Sam is currently the Chairman of Investec Securities Proprietary Limited and Chairman of The Victor Daitz Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in South Africa.
 

G H DAVIN (62)

BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
 
Appointed: 2015
 
Graham is a Chartered Accountant and a career banker with extensive international financial and broad business experience. Graham was a director of Investec for 16 years and of Bank Insinger de Beaufort N.V., a Dutch private bank. He was responsible for the listing of Investec on the JSE and of Insinger on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. In 2003, Graham led the management buyout of United Trust Bank, a fast-growing UK specialist bank of which he is CEO.
 

PROF F ABRAHAMS (55)

BEcon (Hons), MCom, DCom
 
Appointed: 2003
 
Member of: Audit, Remuneration and Social and Ethics Committees
Chairperson of: Social and Ethics Committee
Also a director of South African listed companies: Clicks Group Limited and Lewis Group Limited.
 
Fatima is a Senior Professor (part-time) and was Dean of the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She is a registered industrial psychologist and has built up extensive expertise in the human capital field. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Transnet, B2B Africa (Pty) Ltd and Chairperson of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Holdings. She has served and continues to serve on the Audit and Risk Committees and Transformation and Remuneration Committees of several companies,and has built up sound business experience over the years.
 

D FRIEDLAND (65)

BCom, Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy, CA(SA)
 
Appointed: 2013
 
Member of: Audit, Remuneration and Risk Committees
Also a director of South African listed companies: Pick n Pay Stores Limited, Investec Limited and Investec Bank Limited
 
Also a director of a foreign listed company as well as public companies: Investec PLC and Investec Bank PLC
 
David is a chartered accountant and a former partner of both Arthur Andersen and KPMG Inc. He was Head of Audit and Risk at KPMG (Cape Town) and was the lead audit partner for several listed companies. In 2013, he retired as a partner at KPMG and was appointed to the boards of Investec Limited and Investec PLC. He has served and continues to serve on the Audit and Risk Committees of several companies.
 

E OBLOWITZ (60)

BCom, CA(SA), CPA(Isr)
 
Appointed: 2010
 
Member of: Audit, Remuneration and Risk Committees
Chairman of: Remuneration and Risk Committees
Also a director of a South African listed company: Trencor Limited
 
Eddy has considerable audit, finance and business advisory experience, having spent 21 years in professional practice, most notably as a senior partner of the Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth offices of Arthur Andersen. He also served as a member of the firm’s worldwide Retail and Distribution Industry Team. In addition to serving as a Non-Executive Director and trustee to various companies and trusts, he is the Executive Chairman of Stonehage Fleming South Africa, which provides multi-family office, wealth management and advisory services to an extensive local and international client base.
 

 

 


B L M MAKGABO-FISKERSTRAND (44)

Appointed: 2012
 
Member of: Audit, Risk and Social and Ethics Committees
Also a director of a South African listed company: Sun International Limited
 
 
 
Tumi is founder and executive director of AfricaWorldwide Media and director of Tumi Makgabo Enterprises, focusing on enterprise development in South Africa and across the African continent. In addition, Tumi served as the Vice Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment and as a member of its Council on Africa for two years. In 2008, she was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global Leaders, which is a multi-stakeholder community of exceptional leaders below the age of 40, selected from around the world.
 

N V SIMAMANE (59)

BSc (Biochem) (Hons)
Appointed: 2009
 
Member of: Audit, Risk and Social and Ethics Committees
Also a director of South African listed companies: Cashbuild Limited, Oceana Group, Hollard Insurance, Hollard Life Insurance and SA Post Office
 
Nomahlubi has extensive business, marketing and communications experience, having previously held the positions of Marketing Manager at Unilever, Marketing Director of British American Tobacco and Managing Director of BLGK Bates Advertising Agency. She is currently the CEO of Zanusi Brand Solutions, a branding consultancy she founded in 2001. She has worked in the United States and Kenya and has been recognised as a seasoned business woman, having won two Business Women of the Year Awards in 2009. She was also named the 2013 Enterprising Woman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
 

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

R Stein (69)

BCom, CA(SA)
 
Appointed: 2015
 
Member of: Risk and Nomination Committees
Meetings attended by invitation: Audit Committee
 
Ronnie was previously our CFO. He retired from this position at the end of June 2015 after serving 19 years with our Group. Prior to joining the Group, he was an accountant and auditor in public practice. He was a partner at Kessel Feinstein for 15 years. Following his retirement, Ronnie remains on the Supervisory Board in a
non-executive capacity.