The Board is co-chaired by a retailer and a manufacturer, both from the FMCG industry, on a rotational basis for two years. Retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers (local and multinational) as well as service providers, logistics providers, the packaging industry and GS1 South Africa are represented on the Board.
Grant Pattison (Chairman) is CEO of Massmart Holdings, which comprises nine wholesale and retail chains, in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa through four divisions comprising 256 stores. An electrical engineer by profession, Grant, joined Massmart as Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman in 1998. He has since then grew through the ranks, holding different management positions within the company, until he became CEO in 2007.
Sullivan O’Carroll (Chairman) became Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé South Africa, one of the world's largest food manufacturers, in 2009. A University of South Africa graduate, O’Carroll has over decades built his career within the Swiss-based group in various locations around the world. Apart from Switzerland, where he headed the group’s sugar confectionery business, O’Carroll also held senior positions in the company’s Polish and most recently in Malaysian operations.
Gwarega Mangozhe (CEO CGCSA) joined the CGCSA from Internatio Mueller Chemicals Distribution (IMCD) South Africa (a subsidiary of the Rotterdam based IMCD Group), where he served as Financial Director since 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002.He then went on to complete his MBA as well as an Executive Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
Prior to joining IMCD South Africa, Gwarega held senior management positions in Sales, Operations and Finance at Avis Fleet Services South Africa, a division of the Barloworld Group. He has extensive knowledge of the public sector as he has consulted with several government entities in the areas of compliance, strategy and organizational re-engineering.
Dudley Saayman (Finance Director, British American Tobacco SA)
Dudley Saayman joined the Transatlantic Tobacco Company in March 1995 as a Management Accountant. He completed his tertiary studies at the Rand Afrikaans University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990.
He was transferred from South Africa to Europe in September 1998 to take up the role of Regional Finance Controller in Europe for Rothmans International. After the merger between Rothmans International and British American Tobacco, he was appointed as Area Finance Manager for Southern Europe based in Switzerland for 2 years.
In July 2001, he was transferred to British American Tobacco's Head Office in the UK to fill a role in Operations Finance for Europe. He then moved into the Global Operations & IT Finance Manager's role in February 2004, which he held until his appointment as British American Tobacco South Africa’s Finance Director in 2007.
When he has spare time, Dudley enjoys participating or watching all types of sport and is a big Springbok supporter. He also loves a game of golf and squash and cycles to stay "trim".
Brian Finch, was appointed as the Managing Director of BAT South Africa in April 2010 following a short stint at the company’s London Head Office. Prior to this, he held the position of Marketing Director at BAT South Africa. He began his career at BAT more than 20 years ago and has occupied several marketing roles at different levels in seven countries, including Congo, Zimbabwe, the UK and Switzerland. Brian Finch was appointed as the Managing Director of BAT South Africa in April 2010 following a short stint at the company’s London Head Office.
Wayne Hook. A chartered accountant, Wayne Hook became CEO of the Spar Group in 2006, having served in financial, IT and logistics management positions within the group since 1984. Before taking on the role, he was Managing Director of the group’s KwaZulu-Natal operations. Listed on the JSE, the SPAR group currently operates six distribution centres and supplies goods and services to almost 800 stores in South Africa.
Doug Smollan. Chairman of Smollan Holdings, Doug Smollan joined his father’s business in 1968 as a salesman. He matriculated at King Edward School, obtained his B Com degree from Wits University and MBL from University of South Africa. Doug started Business Against Crime (BAC) in 1997 and has also been instrumental in the CGCSA’s Crime Prevention Programme The Smollans Holdings is a diversified marketing services company, focused on providing visibility, mobility and intelligence for a vast spectrum of brands. It employs 12 000 people in South Africa, Zimbabwe and China.
Grattan Kirk, JD Group CEO, has 13 years experience in the auditing and retail industry. He was appointed CEO of Connection Group Holdings Ltd in 2003. After JD Group acquired Connection Group Holdings Limited in 2005, Grattan served as Chief Executive of the Cash Division, encompassing HI-Fi Corporation and Incredible Connection as well as assuming responsibility of ABRA, the Group’s International brand in Poland. In May 2007, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Traditional and Cash Retail divisions. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the JD Group in June 2008.
Llewellyn Steeneveldt - Massmart
Llewellyn is the Chairperson of GS1 Council. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991 as a Physical Metallurgist and has an MBA from Wits Business School. After seven years with Tongaat-Hulett group and three years with the Industrial Development Corporation, He joined Massmart as Business Analyst in 2002. He has since held various positions within the Group, including Executive Assistant to the CEO and Managing Director of Builders Express. Llewellyn was appointed Group Commercial Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2009.
Zyda Rylands – Woolworths
Zyda joined Woolworths in 1996 and worked in the finance and store operation teams. She was appointed the People director of Woolworths (Proprietary) Limited in 2005 and was appointed to the board of Woolworths in August 2006.Member of the risk and sustainability committees. Other directorships include: African Capital Portfolio Limited, Open Society Foundation, The National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency and The Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention
Ian Moir – Woolworths
Joined the board in 2010 and is a member of the risk, sustainability and transformation committee. Other directorships include: Country Road Limited and Woolworths Financial Service. Ian was appointed to the board of Country Road on 23 October 1998. He was formerly Chief operating officer of the company before being appointed Chief executive officer in November 2000. He was previously Executive director and Chief operating officer of Woolmark. He joined the board in January 2010 and was appointed the Group chief executive officer in November 2010.
Chichi Maponya - Maponya Group
Currently Managing Director of Maponya Group, responsible for all business activities of Maponya Group subsidiaries, management, growth and diversification strategy. Chichi Maponya is founder and Director of Nalesa Resources, a women owned company focusing on mining, procurement and commodities trading. She previously served on several other boards; Intertoll Africa, Sitech Systems and Kwezi V3 among others, and is trustee of the Marina Maponya Memorial Fund.She has hosted a number of events including Tourism Indaba in1994 and was TV presenter for programme that encouraged domestic tourism in SA. Chichi Maponya is a graduate from the University of Natal with a BComm Degree.
Abdul Razak Moosa - Willowton Oil & Cake Mills
Currently Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Willowton Oil & Cake Mills. The Willowton Group having started in 1970 from humble beginnings is today the largest manufacturer of cooking oil in South Africa. It is South Africa’s second largest margarine and candle manufacturer. The Willowton Group produces household and toilet soaps. It is a supplier to all the supermarket groups, independent wholesalers and retailers as well as industrial and other snack processors.
Russell Behrens – Tiger Brands
Currently Financial Executive Grains (June 2005 to present), a division of Tiger Food Brands comprising Milling. Russel is responsible for the commercial organizations within each of these businesses. These include risk management and mitigation, MIS integrity and enhancement, as well as the establishment and overall responsibility for the Grains Finance Shared Services Centre.
Phil Roux - Tiger Brands
Currently employed as Business Executive at Tiger Brands and a Director of Tiger Consumer Brands Ltd .He has 23 years’ experience in the FMCG industry having held senior positions across the value chain. He has held various senior positions over the years which include, Executive Directorship at Tiger Brands, COO at Coca Cola Sabco responsible for Africa, Non – executive Director – Tiger Brands and 12 years in various managerial positions at I&J. Phil holds a B.Com Honours degree as well as an MBA.