Executive Committee

Jay Currie

Retail Director Masscash

Following a period managing Mala Mala Game Reserve and founding a small IT solutions provider, Jay joined Business Connexion as a Network Engineer before taking a position with Massdiscounters as IT Technical Manager in November 1999. He was appointed to the Massdiscounters Board in 2002 as IT Director. In addition to his IT responsibilities, he assumed board responsibility for the supply chain of that company in 2003 and was appointed to the Massmart Executive Committee as Group Commercial Executive in 2006. Effective June 2009 Jay has been appointed as Retail Director Masscash where he is responsible for the Cambridge Food business. He remains a member of the Massmart Executive Committee.

Don Frieson

Massmart Chief Integration Officer and Senior Vice President, Walmart U.S.

Don joined Walmart in 1999 as District Manager for the Private Fleet Division and was promoted to Vice President – Private Fleet Operations in 2001. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in logistics and store operations including Regional Vice President, Logistics Vice President, Store Operations Regional General Manager and Senior Vice President/Divisional President. Before Walmart, Don worked with Schneider National Carriers.

Brian Leroni

Group Corporate Affairs Executive and member of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee

Brian’s work experience includes executive positions at Masstores (Pty) Limited, an associate partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Marketing Director at CNA. He joined Massmart as Group Projects Executive in September 2004 and was appointed Group Corporate Affairs Executive in September 2005. Brian joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2007.

Pearl Maphoshe

Group Human Capital Executive, Chairperson of the HR Forum and member of the Sustainability and Transformation Committee

Prior to joining Massdiscounters Pearl worked for Telkom and Old Mutual and for Umgeni Water as General Manager: Corporate Services. Prior to assuming responsibility for Human Capital on the Massmart Executive Committee from August 2007, Pearl was Director of Human Resources at Massdiscounters. She brings broad experience in managing and developing human capital to the Group.

Gareth ('Joe') Owens

Divisional Chief Executive of New Formats

Joe joined Makro in 1971. He worked for the Checkers Group from 1978 to 1988 after which he returned to Makro as Merchandise Director. He was appointed Managing Director of Makro in 1993, Divisional Chief Executive of Makro in 1999, Divisional Chief Executive of Massbuild in 2005 and Divisional Chief Executive of New Formats in February 2008. Joe has 40 years of mass merchant, general merchandise and FMCG experience.

Jan Potgieter

Divisional Chief Executive of Massdiscounters and Chairman of the Cellular Forum

Jan’s early career was spent in financial roles in various industries until becoming a business manager at Clover SA for three years. He then spent seven years at SA Breweries in senior financial roles, before joining the Massmart Group as Financial Director of Massdiscounters in 2005. In April 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive of Massdiscounters and a member of the Massmart Executive Committee.

Michael Spivey

Massmart General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Mike began his Walmart career stocking shelves and pushing shopping carts at Store #1 in Rogers, Ark. while he was in high school. In 2003, he re-joined the company and has since advised multiple segments of the company in legal and compliance roles. Prior to joining Walmart, he served in senior legal and business development roles with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, served as a legal adviser to the Hungarian Foreign Trade Bank in Budapest and was an associate with the international law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn.

Llewellyn Steeneveldt

Group Commercial Executive and Chairman of the TIP and Operations Forums

Llewellyn graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991 as a Physical Metallurgist. After seven years with Tongaat-Hulett group and three years with the Industrial Development Corporation, Llewellyn joined Massmart as Business Analyst in 2002. He has since held various positions within the Group, including Executive Assistant to the CEO and Managing Director of Builders Express. Llewellyn was appointed Group Commercial Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2009.

Kevin Vyvyan-Day

Divisional Chief Executive of Masswarehouse, member of the Risk Committee and Chairman of the General Merchandise Forum

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1989, Kevin consulted at both the Strategy Group (Deloitte) and Gemini Consulting. He joined UPD as Group Operations and Systems Director in 1995 and became Group Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Kevin joined Massmart as Divisional Chief Executive responsible for Makro and as a member of the Massmart Executive Committee in 2005.

Llewellyn Walters

Divisional Chief Executive of Massbuild and Chairman of the Supply Chain Forum

Llewellyn spent thirteen years in the banking industry where he held senior positions in a number of specialist financial institutions before joining ABSA. In June 2003, Llewellyn joined Super Group, a JSE-listed supply chain and logistics company where his last position was Divisional MD responsible for the group’s African operations. He joined Massmart in November 2008 as Divisional Chief Executive for Builders Warehouse, later becoming responsible for the whole division, and was appointed to the Massmart Executive Committee upon joining.

Robin Wright

Divisional Chief Executive of Masscash and Chairman of the Food and Liquor Forum

After graduating from Natal University with a BCom degree and qualifying with his CA(SA) in 1978, Robin spent six years in retailing and wholesaling at WG Brown before founding CCW in 1985. In 1998, he sold a controlling interest in CCW to Massmart and was appointed to the Massmart Executive Committee. He led the acquisition and integration of Browns and Weirs, and has spearheaded the growth of the Division to become South Africa’s leading food wholesaler.