Wouter André Hanekom (57) – CHAIRMAN
Independent non-executive directorAndré was nominated and elected as chairman of the Board on 28 April 2015. André joined Bokomo Breakfast Cereals in 1988 as a financial manager. He was later appointed as operational executive and in 1994, he was appointed as chief executive officer of Bokomo. After the merger between Sasko and Bokomo, André served as the executive responsible for Sasko Milling and Baking, after which he was appointed as chief executive officer of Pioneer Foods in 1999. André retired as chief executive officer of Pioneer Foods in March 2013. He was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2014.
Norman Celliers (43)
BEng (Civil), MBA
Non-executive directorNorman stepped down as chairman of the Board on 28 April 2015. He continues serving as a non-executive director. His professional experience includes engineering, management consulting and private equity in South Africa and abroad. Currently, he is the chief executive officer of Zeder Investments Ltd. He was appointed to the Board on 10 June 2014.
Hendrik Albertus Lourens (53)
BCom (Hons), MCom, BProc
Chief Executive OfficerHennie was appointed as executive of Quantum Foods (Agri was renamed Quantum Foods in 2013) in 2007, while it was a division of Pioneer Foods. He commenced his services with Pioneer Foods as the human resources manager for Bokomo in 1996 and was later appointed as general manager for the Sasko Grain Business. He has been in the fast-moving consumer goods (“FMCG”) industry for 19 years and was appointed to the Board on 27 January 2014.
André Hugo Muller (46)
Chief Financial OfficerAndré joined Quantum Foods in 2003, while it was still a division of Pioneer Foods. He started at Nulaid as financial manager and was later appointed as the farming operations manager for Nulaid, a position he held for four years. André spent a year as national sales and marketing manager for Tydstroom before being appointed as head of finance for Quantum Foods. André was appointed to the Board on 27 January 2014.
Prof Abdus Salam Mohammad Karaan (48)
BSc Agric, BSc Agric (Hons), MSc Agric, PhD (Agric)
Independent non-executive directorMohammad joined the Development Bank of Southern Africa in Johannesburg as an economist and later returned to Stellenbosch to join the Rural Foundation as head of research. In 1997, he joined Stellenbosch University as a lecturer in the Agricultural Faculty. In October 2008, he became dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University. He serves on various boards. Mohammad was appointed to the Board on 10 June 2014.
Patrick Ernest Burton (63)
BCom (Hons) Financial Management, HDip in Tax Law
Independent non-executive directorPatrick is an experienced businessman with experience as a director which includes non-executive positions in fishing, food, insurance, financial services and investment holdings companies. Patrick sits on the board of directors of various listed and unlisted companies. He was appointed to the Board on 29 July 2014.
Geoffrey George Fortuin (49)
BCom (Acc), BCom (Acc) (Hons), CA(SA)
Independent, non-executive directorGeoff is a qualified chartered accountant and practised as a Partner at Deloitte & Touche for 15 years during which time he was responsible for a number of South African listed companies. He was also a member of the Deloitte South Africa Board. Geoff is currently the financial director of Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited. Geoff was appointed to the board on 28 April 2015.
Marisha Octavia Gibbons (27)
LLBCompany Secretary and legal advisor
Marisha joined Quantum Foods from Parmalat SA (Pty) Ltd, where she practised as legal advisor for two years. She completed her articles at ENSafrica (Stellenbosch) in the corporate commercial department. She has four years’ experience in the legal and compliance environment.