Executive Committee

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The Massmart Executive Committee is the most senior executive decision-making body in the Group. The Committee is chaired by the CEO (Grant Pattison) and comprises the COO (Guy Hayward), FD (Ilan Zwarenstein), Group Human Capital Executive (Pearl Maphoshe), eCommerce Executive (Jay Currie), Group Corporate Affairs Executive (Brian Leroni), the five divisional Chief Executives (Neville Dunn, Doug Jones, Jan Potgieter, Kevin Vyvyan-Day and Llewellyn Walters), the Chief Executive of the New Formats Division (Joe Owens), the Group Food Executive (Robin Wright), the Group Supplier Development Executive (Mncane Mthunzi) and the Group Commercial Executive (Llewellyn Steeneveldt). Following the Walmart transaction, the Committee was bolstered by a General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (Mike Spivey) and an Integration Executive (Don Frieson).

"The Committee deliberates, takes decisions or makes recommendations on all matters of strategy and operations."

The Committee deliberates, takes decisions or makes recommendations on all matters of strategy and operations. Within the parameters described by the Board-approved Governance Authorities, the decisions or recommendations are sometimes referred to the Board or its relevant Committee for final approval, while in other cases the power to take decisions is delegated to Divisional Boards or Executive Committees.

The Executive Committee has specific responsibility, inter alia, for:

  • monitoring and measuring the structures, trends and performance of markets and competition;
  • strategic planning;
  • defining, configuring, financing and structuring the Group’s portfolio of assets;
  • shaping and approving the competitive strategies, operating plans and budgets of the Divisions and functional departments;
  • measuring, monitoring and taking proactive corrective action on Divisional performance;
  • ensuring adequate risk management, controls, governance, and compliance throughout the Group; and
  • shaping and approving succession plans and senior executive management appointments.