This announcement is published in accordance with paragraph 3.59 of the JSE Listings Requirements. The Board wishes to advise that Norman Richards, currently Group Financial Director will be appointed Group Commercial Executive and Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha, currently Group Financial Executive and Company Secretary, will be appointed Group Financial Director. These appointments are effective as at 1 July 2016.
Statement from independent chairman, Santie Botha
The Group is committed to transforming the composition of the Board to improve compliance with relevant legislation and to enhance the range of expertise and experience available to the business.
In this regard we are delighted that in his new position Norman will be able to extend his specialist skills and expertise over a far broader scope of the business, where there is a need to build capacity and capability to align with the Group’s growth ambitions. Norman will have responsibility for the following portfolios: Commerce, Legal, Information Technology and Human Resources; he will also retain the portfolios of operational finance and internal audit.
The corporate finance portfolio will be managed by Lebo, who is extensively qualified and experienced to assume this new role. An announcement will be made in due course regarding the appointment of a Company Secretary to undertake Lebo’s current secretarial duties. Lebo will also be appointed to the Famous Brands Board.
The Board congratulates Norman and Lebo on their appointments and looks forward to their contribution in their new roles.
Norman joined Famous Brands in September 2012 as Change Management Executive, responsible for implementing the Group’s business model transformation intervention.
He 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, he founded and managed two consulting companies and a software services company. Norman was appointed to the Board as Group Financial Director in July 2013.
Lebo is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds an MBA degree (cum Laude), from the University of the Witwatersrand. She completed her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2007, after which she gained extensive experience in International Financial Reporting Standards in her roles as Group Technical Accounting Adviser at Eskom and Group Reporting Manager at African Oxygen Limited. Lebo joined Famous Brands in July 2014 as Group Financial Executive and Company Secretary.