Leadership

Independent non-executive chairman
M Comm (Business Economics)
Appointed to the board in 2014

Mr Pretorius holds an M Comm Business Economics from the University of the Free State and served as managing director of Toyota SA Marketing and then as chief executive officer of McCarthy Ltd. He retired as an executive director of McCarthy and its controlling shareholder, Bidvest, on 1 March 2011.

He has received numerous national marketing and leadership awards including Marketing Person of the Year and Boss of the Year. He holds honorary professorships at the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria and University of the Free State, and honorary doctorates in marketing from the Durban University of Technology and the Central University of Technology. Brand is a Fellow in Leadership at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and serves on the boards of trustees of the READ Educational Trust, Partners for Possibility and the business incubator InvoTech. Mr Pretorius serves as non-executive director on the boards of Agrinet and Italtile Ltd. Mr Pretorius was appointed as an independent non-executive director to the Metair board in January 2014 and as chairman on 1 July 2015. He was appointed to the social and ethics committee with effect from 14 June 2018 and the nominations committee with effect from 27 September 2018.

Chief executive officer
B Eng (Industrial)
Appointed to the board in 2006

Mr Loock is a professional industrial engineer with supplementary business and economic studies. He obtained his engineering degree from the University of Pretoria in 1986.

His 34 years of mining and manufacturing experience started at Dorbyl Automotive Technologies and SASOL Coal. The listing of two family businesses on the local securities exchange gave him insight into managing and growing publicly owned businesses. His career path as trainee engineer, planning manager, production manager and general manager at Dorbyl Engineering and Sasol Mining prepared him for various executive director roles in Scharrighuisen Mining Limited, Scharrighuisen Industrial Holdings Limited, Dorbyl Limited and Trident Steel (Pty) Limited. Growing and expanding listed businesses on the JSE in the role as CEO built his deal making, mergers and acquisitions expertise and deeper financial experience. He was appointed as the CEO of Metair in May 2006. He serves as the Chairman and non-executive director of all local and international Metair subsidiaries and associated companies.

Chief financial officer
B Comm (Hons) CA (SA)
Appointed to the board in 2014

Mr Douwenga qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 after completing his articles with PwC, and then spent approximately eight years in PwC’s deals division where he gained extensive experience in acquisitions across various sectors within Africa and Europe. Mr Douwenga first started working with Metair in 2011 during the Rombat acquisition, and was subsequently appointment as business development director at First National Battery during 2013 where he was primarily involved in operational and financial evaluation and execution of new acquisitions, most notably Mutlu Akü in Turkey. He was subsequently appointed as chief financial officer in 2014.

Independent non-executive director
B Comm, Bachelor of Law, B Prok, AMP Harvard
Appointed to the board in 2019

Mr Flemming joined African Oxygen Limited in the gases division in 1985 as the Financial Systems Manager for the Witwatersrand. He was appointed as the financial executive for the healthcare division of African Oxygen Limited in 1994 and as general business manager in 1997. Following the merger with the listed entity Presmed, the merged company was listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange in 1999. Mr Flemming was appointed CEO of Afrox Healthcare in 2002. The company was taken private in 2005 and relisted in 2010 as Life Healthcare and Mr Flemming served as CEO until his retirement in 2014. He serves as a non-executive director on the board of Medicover AB, an unlisted healthcare service company operating in Eastern Europe, the UK and India. He was appointed to the Metair board on 1 March 2019 and as the chairman of the audit and risk committee on 2 May 2019. Mr Flemming was appointed to the nominations committee on 17 February 2020.

Independent non-executive director
MA (Clinical Psychology)
Appointed to the board in 2016

Ms Mgoduso started her career as a clinical psychologist, during which time she lectured at universities and practiced both in South Africa and abroad. She served as group HR executive at Transnet SOC Ltd and then as chief executive officer of Freight Dynamics. She later joined Imperial Logistics as group transformation executive. She left Imperial Logistics to serve as managing director of Ayavuna Women’s Investments. After her time at Ayavuna, she spent time in strategic consulting and infrastructural development. She is currently on the boards of BIOSS Southern Africa, Ayavuna Trust, Assore Ltd, SAA SOC and Zimplats, where she also chairs the remuneration committee. She is the chairman of Jojose Investments. She is the chairman of the remuneration committee at the Competition Commission. Ms Mgoduso was appointed to the Metair board on 1 March 2016 and serves as chairperson of the remuneration committee. She was appointed to the nominations committee with effect from 27 September 2018 and was appointed as lead independent director with effect from 17 February 2020.

Independent Non-Executive Director
BSc (Eng), ADP, MDP, GCC
Appointed to the board in 2018

Mr Mawasha has been CEO of Kolobe Nala Investment Company (KNI) since April 2019. Prior to KNI, he was Country Head – South Africa for Rio Tinto and Managing Director of Richard Bay Minerals. He previously held leadership, operational and technical roles at Anglo American (Kumba Iron Ore), the De Beers Group and AngloGold Ashanti. Mr Mawasha is passionate about education and the development of others. He is a member of the Witwatersrand University Mining Advisory Council. In 2017, he was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Mawasha was appointed to the Metair board and the audit and risk committee on 1 March 2018. On 2 May 2019, he was appointed as chairman of the investment committee and member of the nominations committee.

Independent non-executive director
CA (SA), MPhil Development Finance
Appointed to the board in 2016

Ms Motau is a Chartered Accountant and also holds an MPhil in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch. She currently serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of Harmony Gold Mining Ltd and Merafe Resources Limited. In addition, she serves as a non-executive credit committee member of FirstRand Financial Institutions Credit Committee, the Industrial Development (IDC)’s Special Credit Committee and an audit committee member of the Auditor General of South Africa’s office. She previously worked as an Audit Partner at KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Division until March 2015. Furthermore, Ms Motau has held various management and advisory roles at organisations that include Blue IQ Investments, the National Treasury of South Africa and the IDC. She was appointed to the Metair board on 1 November 2016 and is a member of the audit and risk committee and the investment committee.

Independent non-executive director
BAcc (Hons), CA(SA), CA(Z) Program for Leadership Development (Harvard Business School), Diploma in Banking (UJ)
Appointed to the board in 2019

Mr Sithole is the CEO and Co-Founder of Value Capital Partners Pty Limited (VCP). Prior to starting VCP, he was at Brait for more than eight years as the financial director of the Brait Group and later as executive director – Capital & Treasury. Prior to Brait, Mr Sithole was a partner at Deloitte, where he spent six years as an audit partner and departed the firm as group leader for the Financial Services Audit Practice in Johannesburg. He currently also holds directorships, among others, in Altron, Adcorp and Sun International. Mr Sithole was appointed to the Metair board on 1 March 2019 and to the remuneration and nominations committees on 2 May 2019.

Independent non-executive director
Diplom-Betriebswirt (BA)
Appointed to the board in 2019

Mr Muell holds a Diplom-Betriebswirt (BA) from Berufsakademie Stuttgart, Germany, equivalent to a Bachelor of Commerce. He has over 30 years of experience in the motor industry and is the co-founder and CEO of Scientrix Holdings Limited (Scientrix). Prior to Scientrix, Mr Muell was the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Argentina S.A and held various other executive positions within the Daimler Group in Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Mexico and Argentina. He has multinational and broad cross functional management experience in the fields of finance and controlling, logistics, procurement, strategic planning, sustainability and stakeholder management. Mr Muell was appointed chairman of the social and ethics committee and as a member of the remuneration committee on 17 February 2020.

Independent non-executive director
BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Appointed to the board in 2019

Ms Mkhondo is an Investment Director at Value Capital Partners Pty Limited (“VCP”). Prior to joining VCP, Ms Mkhondo was a seasoned investment banking and corporate finance professional, having spent time at Goldman Sachs International Plc and Anglo American Plc (both based in the United Kingdom) where she was responsible for mergers and acquisition execution, investment evaluation and strategic long-term financial planning. During her time at Goldman Sachs and Anglo American, Ms Mkhondo executed cross-border transactions in the consumer/retail, healthcare, real estate and metals and mining sectors across the United Kingdom, Africa and the Americas. Ms Mkhondo is a Chartered Accountant (SA) by profession, having begun her career in the Audit and Advisory Financial Institutions Services Team at Deloitte & Touche, in Johannesburg. In addition, Ms Mkhondo has an MBA from the London Business School, where she was a Mo Ibrahim Scholar. Ms Mkhondo was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the company and as a member of the investment committee on 28 June 2019.

Company secretary
B Comm (Fin M) AIRMSA

Ms Vermaak joined the company in August 1998 and was appointed as company secretary in March 2001 and group finance manager in July 2003. From 1 April 2015, she shifted focus from finance and was appointed as group risk and compliance manager. She completed her B Comm Financial Management degree (cum laude) in 2005 on a part time basis and has more than 21 years’ experience in the listed company environment.

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SG Pretorius (72)

Independent non-executive chairman
M Comm (Business Economics)
Appointed to the board in 2014

CT Loock (55)

Chief executive officer
B Eng (Industrial)
Appointed to the board in 2006

S Douwenga (40)

Chief financial officer
B Comm (Hons) CA (SA)
Appointed to the board in 2014

CMD Flemming (63)

Independent non-executive director
B Comm, Bachelor of Law, B Prok,
AMP Harvard
Appointed to the board in 2019

 

TN Mgoduso (63)

Independent non-executive director
MA (Clinical Psychology)
Appointed to the board in 2016

B Mawasha (42)

Independent Non-Executive Director
BSc (Eng), ADP, MDP, GCC
Appointed to the board in 2018

HG Motau (45)

Independent non-executive director
CA (SA), MPhil Development Finance
Appointed to the board in 2016

S Sithole (47)

Independent non-executive director
BAcc (Hons), CA(SA), CA(Z) Program for Leadership Development (Harvard Business School), Diploma in Banking (UJ)
Appointed to the board in 2019

 

MH Muell(59)

Independent non-executive director
Diplom-Betriebswirt (BA)
Appointed to the board in 2019

N Mkhondo (36)

Independent non-executive director
BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Appointed to the board in 2019

SM Vermaak (54)

Company secretary
B Comm (Fin M) AIRMSA

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