Board of Directors

Neil Birch

Chief Executive Officer

Neil holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and entered the printing and packaging industry in 1986. He was also appointed as the group managing director of Lithotech in 1989 and went on to become the chief executive officer at Bidvest Paperplus from 2006 until 2016.

Jan Potgieter

Acting Chairman

Jan is a chartered accountant, chief executive officer of Italtile and non-executive director of Fortress Income-Fund. He has extensive senior-level experience in the retail and supply chain sectors through his role as financial director and chief executive officer of Massdiscounters (a division of Massmart Holdings). He has also served as a business manager at Clover SA and spent seven years at SABMiller in senior financial roles.

Christoffel Botha

Independent Non-Executive Director

Christoffel has a background in corporate finance, strategic investment management and private equity investment. In 2000, he co-founded Treacle Private Equity, a private equity firm. He has served on a number of boards spanning a number of industries. These include Datacentrix Limited, IST Holdings Limited, Comair Limited, KreditInform (Pty) Limited, Malbak Motor Holdings (Pty) Limited, Tek Corporation Limited, Teraco (Pty) Limited and Robertson & Caine (Pty) Limited.

Noluvuyo Mkhondo

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Noluvuyo is a seasoned investment banking and corporate finance professional, with extensive experience in Merger and Acquisition execution, investment evaluation and strategic long term financial planning. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Wits University, and an MBA from London Business School. She also serves as an executive director of Value Capital Partners.

Lulama Mtanga

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Specialising in competition law, Lulama is a director at Lulama Mtanga Legal Consultancy and a former director at Bowman Gilfillan Inc. She has extensive experience in advising on notification of local and international transactions under the Competition Act in South Africa in various sectors. She was the first lawyer at Bowman Gilfillan Inc. and one of the first lawyers in South Africa to advise on cross-border competition law merger regulations in the African continent.

Bernard Olivier

Independent Non-Executive Director

Bernard is a chartered accountant. He was an assurance partner at the Johannesburg office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), for more than 29 years. He also fulfilled numerous roles in the management, regulatory affairs and governance of PwC. Bernard was on the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors’ inspection committee, and was PwC South Africa’s registered liaison partner with the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Sandile Zungu

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sandile is a non-executive director of, among others, Grindrod Limited, EOH and Innovation Group. He serves on the Presidential BEE Advisory Council and represented South Africa on the BRICS Business Council. Sandile was a member of the World Economic Forum in his capacity as Young Global Leader. A few of the notable positions he has previously held include chairman of Barnard Jacobs Mellet Holdings and Denel, and executive director of New Africa Investments.