Mark J Lamberti (60)
BCom, MBA (Wits), PPL (Harvard)

Chairman of the Board, member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Chairman of the Strategy and Investment Committee.


Appointed 1 August 1988.
Following progress through a multi-functional retail career that began in 1975, Mark was appointed Managing Director of the ailing six-store Makro chain in 1988. After successful repositioning of the chain, he founded Massmart in 1990 to pursue an aggressive growth strategy in high-volume, low-gross margin, low-expense retailing and wholesaling.

In 1996, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Massmart and from July 2003 CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board. At the end of June 2007 he relinquished his executive role to become non-executive Chairman. His role as architect and leader of Massmart has been widely recognised with numerous awards including that of the Ernst & Young South African Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.

Mark currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Transaction Capital (Pty) Limited, Chairman of Business Against Crime South Africa, and a director and executive committee member of Business Leadership South Africa.

His commitment to education has led to his involvement as a benefactor, director or adviser to a number of educational institutions, including the Wits Business School where he is an Honorary Professor.

Chris Seabrooke (57)

Deputy Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director, and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations, Audit and Strategy and Investment Committees.

Appointed 1 February 2000.
Chris has, over the years, been a director of over 20 stock exchange-listed companies. He is currently CEO of Sabvest Limited (JSE), Chairman of Metrofile Holdings Limited and Set Point Group Limited (JSE), and a director of Datatec Limited (JSE/AIM), Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc (Nasdaq/JSE) and Brait S.A. (Luxembourg/London/JSE). He is also Chairman of the Alternative Equity Partners Fund and a director of a number of unlisted companies locally and internationally. He is a former Chairman of the South African State Theatre and former Deputy Chairman of both the inaugural National Arts Council of South Africa and the founding board of Business & Arts South Africa.

Dods Brand (67)

Member of the Risk, and Sustainability and Transformation Committees.

Appointed 25 February 2003.
Dods was a career retailer from 1963 until his retirement in 1998, at which time he was the Chief Executive of JSE-listed Moregro (Morkels Retail Group). He has, over the past 25 years, served on and chaired the boards of a number of international and local public companies and is currently a director of Avusa Limited and various private companies.

Kuseni Dlamini (42)
BA (Hons)(KZN), MPhil (Oxon)

Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.


Appointed 1 November 2006.
Kuseni is the Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual South Africa & Emerging Markets. He was head of Anglo American South Africa and member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American plc. He was Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) between 2005 and 2008. Kuseni previously worked for De Beers in South Africa and at its London office, and for AngloGold Ashanti’s corporate office in Johannesburg.

After graduating cum laude with a BA (Honours) degree from Natal University in Durban, he went to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, where he read for his MPhil degree. In March 2008, Kuseni was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). During the same month, Miningx selected him as one of the top 100 most infl uential people in South African mining.

In May 2009, he was nominated to be part of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the future of Mining and Metals.

Kuseni is the Chairman of the Board of SANParks and a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation which advises the Minister of Science and Technology. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Anglo Platinum and Chairman of Anglo Operations Limited. Kuseni was recently appointed Adjunct Professor at the Wits Business School where he is also a member of the Advisory Board. In May 2010, he was made co-chairman of the 20th WEF on Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dr Nolulamo (‘Lulu’) Gwagwa (51)
MSc (KZN), MSc (LSE), PhD (UCL)


Member of the Risk Committee.

Appointed 1 November 2006.
Lulu is Chief Operating Officer of Lereko Investments (Pty) Limited. She was Deputy Director General in the National Department of Public Works, responsible for establishing the national public works programme, and completed a five-year term as the CEO of the Independent Development Trust. She has served on various Government commissions, and is a non-executive director of FirstRand Limited, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Sun International Limited.

James (‘Jim’) Hodkinson (66)


Member of the Strategy and Investment Committee.

Appointed 25 August 2004.
During his long retail career, Jim was both Chairman and Chief Executive of B&Q plc, a subsidiary of Kingfisher plc. As Chief Executive of New Look plc, he transformed a family business to a public company with a multi-national footprint. Currently, he is Chairman of Ultimate Products Limited and non-executive director of Furniture Village and Rosehold Limited, all UK-based companies.

Phumzile Langeni (36)
BCom (Natal)


Chairperson of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee and member of the Audit Committee.

Appointed 25 August 2004.
Phumzile is the Executive Chairperson of Afropulse Group (Pty) Limited, a women-led investment, investor relations and corporate advisory house. She was previously the economic adviser to the Minister of Minerals and Energy, and an executive director of dual-listed junior platinum miner, Anooraq Resources. Phumzile is a non-executive chairperson of Astrapak Limited, a non-executive director of Imperial Holdings Limited, Peermont Global (Pty) Limited, the Mineworkers Investment Company (Pty) Limited, Transaction Capital (Pty) Limited and a member of the Port Regulator.

Nigel Matthews (65)
MA (Oxon), MBA (UCT)

Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committees, member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Appointed 1 November 2001.
During his career in the South African hotel and tourism industry, Nigel has served as Managing Director of Holiday Inn and Executive Director of Rennies. He founded his own business, Sentry Group, which was sold to an international group in 2001. He is a non-executive director of City Lodge Hotels Limited, Sun International Limited, Metrofile Holdings Limited and Indian Ocean Real Estate Company Limited.

Peter Maw (49)
BCom (Hons), CA(SA), HDip Tax Law


Member of the Audit, Risk, and Strategy and Investment Committees.

Appointed 25 February 2003.
Peter is a private equity and corporate finance specialist and heads the private equity interests of the Oppenheimer family in South Africa. He was a founder of Primedia Limited and executive director from 1992 to 2003, responsible for all corporate finance activities. Peter remains a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Primedia.

Dawn Mokhobo (61)
BA (Social Science)


Member of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee, and Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

Appointed 1 June 2002.
Dawn is a director of several companies, including Engen Limited, Nozala Holdings (Pty) Limited and Sabvest Limited. She is also a director of the Financial Services Board Foundation Trust. She is chairperson of African International Advisors, Wesizwe Platinum, and is Deputy Executive Chairperson of Partnership Investments (Pty) Limited.

Michael Rubin (60)
BSc, MBA (UCT), MBA (Columbia)


Member of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee.

Appointed 30 August 1990.
Michael worked as a specialised retail consultant in New York and Toronto for nine years and joined Massmart as Development Director in 1989. He left the Group in 1997 to pursue his interests in private equity management and property development.

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