EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1

GRANT PATTISON (41)
BSC (ENG) (HONS) (UCT)

Chief Executive Officer


 
2

GUY HAYWARD (47)
BCOM, CTA (UCT), CA(SA)

Chief Operating Officer


 
3

ILAN ZWARENSTEIN (37)
BCOM BACC, CA(SA)

Financial Director


         
4

JAY CURRIE (38)
BSC (NATAL)

eCommerce Executive

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. In June 2009, Jay was appointed as Retail Director of Masscash where he was responsible for the Cambridge Food business. In February, Jay was appointed Divisional Managing Director of Cambridge Foods and in September 2012, he was appointed to head up Massmart’s eCommerce initiative. He remains a member of the Massmart Executive Committee.



5

NEVILLE DUNN (43)
BCOM (NATAL), CA(SA)

Divisional Managing Director of Masscash Wholesale

Neville graduated from University of Natal (Durban) in 1990 with a BCom in Accounting followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma and after serving articles with Deloitte & Touche, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. From 1995, Neville held various financial roles with Robertsons Proprietary Limited and then with The Hub (a division of the Mr Price Group), and in 2002 joined Masscash as Financial Director, becoming Operations Director in 2008. In February, Neville was appointed Divisional Managing Director of Masscash Wholesale and a member of the Massmart Executive Committee.


 

6

DON FRIESON (54)
BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)

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

Following 13 years working as a Transportation and Supply Chain professional, 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 increasing 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. Don joined the Massmart Executive Committee in August 2011.



7

DOUG JONES (39)
BCOM, PGDA (UCT), CA(SA)

Divisional Managing Director of Masswarehouse, Chairman of the Massmart Retirement Funds

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1998, Doug moved to Canada with Deloitte. He worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises in Toronto for a number of years before returning to South Africa to join ABI (the Soft Drink Division of SAB Limited). Doug joined Makro as Finance Director in 2007 and became Commercial Director in 2010. Doug was appointed Divisional Managing Director in September 2012, and joined the Massmart Executive Committee at the same time.



8

BRIAN LERONI (48)
BA (WITS), MPHIL (STELLENBOSCH)

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

Brian’s work experience includes executive positions at Masstores Proprietary 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.



9

PEARL MAPHOSHE (44)
BA (HONS), HDIPED (DURBAN-WESTVILLE), MA (LONDON)

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, 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.



10

MNCANE MTHUNZI (39)
BCOM (ECONOMICS), PMD, GEDP (GIBS)

Group Supplier Development Executive

Mncane is the former CEO of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (‘CGCSA’). He has been the Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (‘BMF’). Prior to joining the BMF he worked for Microsoft as Sales Executive. He was also a Senior Manager at PWC. He started his career at Accenture, where he worked in a number of industries both locally and internationally handling large-scale systems integrations and business solutions for a number of clients over a period of seven years. He serves as Independent Non-Executive Director on other boards. Mncane joined the Massmart Executive Committee in October 2011.


 

11

GARETH (‘JOE’) OWENS (63)

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.



12

JAN POTGIETER (43)
BCOMPT (HONS), CTA (FREE STATE), CA(SA)

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.



13

MICHAEL (‘MIKE’) SPIVEY (48)
BSC (UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS), MASTER’S IN LAW IN INTERNATIONAL BANKING AND FINANCE (BOSTON UNIVERSITY), JURIS DOCTORATE (JD)

Massmart General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Mike joined Massmart in 2011 following the Walmart transaction. He has a multi-faceted 20-year global business career that includes transactional, regulatory, finance and business development experiences. At Walmart, Mike provided legal and compliance counsel to numerous segments of the business. As a leader at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Mike served as a senior attorney focusing on cross-border trade and structured transactions, and later led the Bank’s sales, marketing and product development operations. Early in his career, Mike lived in Budapest, Hungary and worked as an associate with an international law firm and a foreign trade bank where he specialised in cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. At Massmart, Mike directs the Company’s legal and regulatory affairs and serves on the Massmart Executive Committee.



14

LLEWELLYN STEENEVELDT (43)
BSC ENG (PHYS MET), GDE (INDUSTRIAL), MBA

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.


 

15

KEVIN VYVYAN-DAY (47)
BCOM, BACC (WITS), CA(SA)

Divisional Chief Executive of Cambridge Food, member of the Audit and 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. In September 2012, Kevin was appointed Divisional Chief Executive of Cambridge Food.



16

LLEWELLYN WALTERS (48)
BA, LLB (WITS)

Divisional Chief Executive of Massbuild

Llewellyn spent 13 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 managing director 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.



17

ROBIN WRIGHT (56)
BCOM (NATAL), CA (SA)

Group Food Executive 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. In February 2012, Robin was appointed Group Food Executive and he remains a member of the Massmart Executive Committee.