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),  Group Corporate Affairs Executive (Brian Leroni),  the five divisional Chief Executives  (Neville  Dunn,  Doug  Jones,  Kevin  Vyvyan-Day, Llewellyn Walters and Robin Wright (in an acting capacity), 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).

In September 2012, Doug Jones became Managing Director of Masswarehouse and Kevin Vyvyan-Day moved to Masscash, where he holds the CEO role.

In January 2013, Massdiscounters' CEO, Jan Potgieter, resigned. Jan was with Massdiscounters for eight years, six of them as CEO, and we thank him for his contribution to the growth and development of the business. Robin Wright is acting CEO.

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.