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AFRICAN DAWN 2015 Annual Report

AFRICAN DAWN 7 ANNUAL REPORT 2015 The Board The board at the year end Mr. WJ Groenewald (“Jacques”) Chief Executive Officer and acting Chairman Jacques was appointed as a non-executive director on 17 November 2011 and was subsequently appointed as the acting CEO on 24 February 2014, Chief Executive Officer on 28 March 2014 and acting chairman on 2 June 2014. He holds a B Com (Hons) from the University of Stellenbosch. He was an investment professional in the asset management, investment banking and hedge funds industry with 18 years’ experience. Mr. EA van Heerden (“Eben”) Financial Director Eben qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) in 1995. Eben has a proven track record as a specialised investment expert with noteworthy accomplishments in business building and strategy, corporate finance and mergers. His career commenced with Ernst & Young two decades ago whereafter he progressed to hold various directorships in large and small organisations alike. Eight years ago he shifted his focus to early stage investments and actively pursued a career with Mark Shuttleworth’s HBD Venture Capital. He has since then been instrumental in the investment, growth and exit of a number of high profile growth equity investments. In 2010 he co-founded Knife Capital, of which he is currently the CEO and more recently the Grindstone business accelerator. Ms. HH Hickey (“Hester”) Independent Non-Executive Director Hester was appointed as a non-executive director on 21 February 2011. She is a Chartered Accountant and consults to various companies specialising in risk and governance. She also performs the Board evaluation processes for the Institute of Directors. She is currently non-executive director and audit committee Chair for Omnia Holdings Limited, Pan African Resources Plc and a non-executive director of Cashbuild Limited. She is a past Chairman of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and has worked in senior positions for a number of listed companies and serves on several audit committees. Hester lectured auditing at the University of the Witwatersrand and was a member of the King II task team. Ms. V. Lessing (“Vanya”) Independent Non-Executive Director Vanya was appointed on 29 May 2013. Vanya is the CEO of the Sure Travel Group, responsible for managing the interests of shareholders, licensees and suppliers. The Sure Travel Group manages the interests of 100 travel companies in South Africa and Namibia. Vanya is the former CEO of ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents). During her tenure there (2001 - 2005), she led the travel industry through change and a series of sensitive negotiations, resulting in a new industry business model. Vanya has extensive experience in collaboration and interaction with SMEs, expediting turnaround strategies. Her strong negotiating skills brings ‘on the ground’ expertise to the Board. Vanya is also a Board member of Sure Holdings (Pty) Ltd, ASATA and Worldwide Independent Travel Network Ltd (WIN).


AFRICAN DAWN 2015 Annual Report
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