Arlene Botha (53)
Group Human Resources Executive
Arlene has extensive experience in the human resources field, having started her career in the brewing industry while completing her postgraduate Diploma in Management – Human Resources at Wits Business School. She later joined the soft drinks industry and thereafter spent some time with a multi-national tobacco company, before joining Famous Brands in October 2008.
Bill Davies (46)
Group Logistics Services Executive
Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Logistics. He has specialised in supply chain specifically systems, logistics, and project management and has held a variety of roles requiring both specialist and general management acumen. Bill joined Famous Brands in 2014 after serving 16 years at Massmart-Walmart in various FMCG roles.
Derrian Nadauld (43)
Managing Executive - Franchising & Logistics
Derrian joined Famous Brands in May 2000 as a member of the Debonairs Pizza’s operations team. Over the past 15 years, he has held various operational, management and executive roles within Debonairs Pizza, Steers, Coffee Brands and Wimpy. Between November 2008 and December 2011, Derrian served as Managing Executive of Debonairs Pizza and was appointed Managing Executive of Wimpy in January 2012. In March 2013 he was appointed Chief Marketing Officer, whereafter he served as Managing Executive – International Markets and subsequently as Managing Executive – Debonairs Pizza. In March 2016, Derrian was appointed Managing Executive of Franchising and Logistics.
Linda Thomas (43)
Chief Marketing Officer
After completing her Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of Natal, Linda joined the pharmaceutical industry and for ten years held various sales management and marketing positions. In 2000 she joined Adcock Ingram, a division of Tiger Brands, as a brand manager. Whilst at Tiger Brands, Linda was promoted to Category Marketing Manager on the Condiments and Ingredients portfolio. In 2007 she joined Famous Brands as Marketing Executive for Debonairs Pizza and has managed various Marketing Executive portfolios since then. In 2015, Linda was appointed Chief Marketing Officer.
Norman Richards (62)
Group Commercial Executive
Norman joined Famous Brands in September 2012 as Change Management Executive, responsible for managing and driving the Fit 4 Purpose business model transformation intervention. Norman is a 21-year veteran of SA Breweries Beer division, where he held a number of executive positions in finance, both locally and internationally. Prior to joining Famous Brands, Norman founded and managed two consulting companies and a software services company, all within the supply chain field. Norman assumed the role of Group Financial Director with effect from 1 July 2013. In June Norman stepped down from the Board and assumed the role of Group Commercial Executive.
Pedja Turanjanin (48)
Group Procurement Executive
Pedja began his career in a family business with his father, whilst studying engineering at Sarajevo University. Upon arrival in South Africa in 1991 he joined Steers Holdings. After gaining experience at Steers Restaurants he moved into operations and thereafter into Manufacturing and Logistics. Pedja was appointed Group Procurement and Quality Assurance Executive and later Managing Executive – Developing Brands and Markets. In November 2012 he resumed the position of Group Procurement Executive.
Susan Venter (53)
Managing Executive – Manufacturing and Technical
Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of North West. After a successful career at The Cold Chain (ICS Group, Barlows) where she was General Manager for one of the branches, she joined Famous Brands as Logistics Financial Manager in July 2008. Susan was promoted to an executive role in August 2010. She played a critical role in managing the accounting system project when the company’s Manufacturing and Logistics divisions were combined into the Supply Chain division, as well as in the restructuring of Operations Finance as part of implementing the Fit 4 Purpose business model. With effect from 1 April 2016, Susan was appointed Acting Manufacturing and Technical Executive.
Steven Dike (46)
Managing Executive – Signature Brands
Steven completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994 and thereafter completed his professional registration as an Architect. He managed his own architectural practice before joining a listed restaurant franchisor as a Design Manager in 1998. Steven joined Famous Brands in 2002 and has 17 years’ experience in the franchising and restaurant industry. He held the position of Group New Business and Development Executive until 2014 when he was appointed to the role of Managing Executive – Joint Venture Business Units. In his current role he is responsible for the management of the Joint Venture and Emerging Brands Business Units at Famous Brands.