Board of Directors

John Lee Halamandaris (63)

John Lee Halamandaris (63)

Non-executive Director
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

With experience in all aspects of Famous Brands’ business, John retired from executive management in March 2001. A founding member of the company, he served as Managing Director from November 1994 until March 1997, after which he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer until his appointment as non-executive Deputy Chairman in March 2001, a position he held until May 2010. John continues to serve on the Famous Brands Board in the capacity of non-executive director.

Santie Botha (53)

Santie Botha (53)

Chairman of the Board and Independent Non-executive Director
BEcon Honours
  • Appointed to the Board in June 2012
  • Chairman of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation
Directorships in other listed entities:

Curro Holdings - Chairman and non-executive director
Liberty Holdings - Non-executive director
Telkom - Non-executive director

Santie servedas the Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth until December 2017. She served as an executive director of the MTN Group (2003 to 2010) and prior to that, of Absa Bank (1996 to 2003). She commenced her career at Unilever. Santie has received a range of awards including Marketer of the Year (2002) and Business Woman of the Year (2010).

Bheki Lindinkosi Sibiya (60)

Bheki Lindinkosi Sibiya (60)

Independent Non-executive Director
BAdmin, MBA
  • Appointed to the Board in March 2004
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee
Directorships in other listed entities:

Pinnacle Holdings - Non-executive director
Pretoria Portland Cement - Chairman and non-executive director
Tiger Brands - Deputy Chairman and non-executive director

Bheki brings to the Board a wealth of expertise in BEE, employment equity, change management and corporate governance gained as former Chief Executive of the Chamber of Mines, Chief Executive Officer of Business Unity South Africa, director of the Wits Business School, and from experience attained in a range of positions held at companies including Transnet, Tongaat Hulett Sugar, SA Breweries and Ford Motor Company.

Christopher Hardy Boulle (46)

Christopher Hardy Boulle (46)

Independent, Non-executive Director
BCom, LLB, LLM
  • Appointed to the Board in December 2011
  • Interim chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee by invitation
  • Attends the Remuneration Committee by invitation
  • Chairman of the Investment Committee
Directorships in other listed entities:

Advtech - Non-executive director

Chris is a commercial, corporate finance, tax and trust attorney and his expertise includes cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, BEE transactions and advising on stock exchange listings both locally and internationally. His experience as a non-executive director of listed companies spans over a decade and a half.

Norman Adami (64)

Norman Adami (64)

Independent Non-executive Director
Bachelor of Business Science (Hons), MBA
  • Appointed to the Board in February 2015
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee
Directorships in other listed entities:

Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron) - Non-executive director

Norman has had an extensive career with SABMiller, which commenced at SAB (Pty) Ltd in 1979. He was appointed Managing Director of SAB in 1994 and Chairman in 2000. In 2003, he was installed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly acquired Miller Brewing Company. In 2006, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of SABMiller Americas. In this position he was responsible for Miller Brewing Company and SABMiller’s South and Central American business units. In October 2008, he once again took on the role of Managing Director and Chairman of SAB Limited. He retired from SABMiller on 31 October 2014.

He is also a partner in Stud Game Breeders, one of the pre-eminent groups leading the emergence of South Africa’s burgeoning game breeding industry, which has made great strides in revitalising threatened animal species and in creating sustainable employment in many rural areas

Ms Emma Mashilwane, (42)

Ms Emma Mashilwane, (42)

Independent Non-executive Director
Bcompt , Bcom Hons/ CTA ,Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS)
  • Appointed to the Board in 1st December 2017
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Directorships in other listed entities:

Board member and member of Audit Committtee – Tiger Brands
Board member and member of Audit and Sustainability Committee – Murray & Roberts

Emma is a chartered accountant and is currently Head of Risk Advisory Services at Nkonki Incorporated. Emma was recently nominated as a finalist in the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa 2017 Regional Business Achiever Awards.

Thembisa Skweyiya (44)

Thembisa Skweyiya (44)

Non-executive Director
BProc, LLB, LLM, H Dip Tax
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Thembisa, is a qualified attorney, admitted to the New York State Board in 1998. She obtained her BProc and LLB qualifications from the University of Natal, a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard University and a Higher Diploma in taxation from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Thembisa holds directorships on the boards of Absa Bank Limited, Telkom SOC Limited, Imperial Holdings Limited and Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd. She was formerly a Board member of the Development Bank of South Africa.

Mr Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris, (43),

Mr Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris, (43),

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Has been appointed to the Board as a non-independent non-executive director to represent the interests of the retiring directors with effect from 9 November 2017. Nik has extensive experience in the food services industry, having been a franchisee of many of the Group’s mainstream brands over the past two decades up until 2010. He is currently an executive director of several non-listed property development and construction companies with primary responsibility for strategy and new business development.

Kelebogile Ntlha (34)

Kelebogile Ntlha (34)

Group Financial Director
CA (SA) MBA
  • Attends the Audit and risk committee meetings by invitation
  • Attends the Social and ethics committee meetings by invitation

She completed her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2007, after which she gained extensive experience in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in her roles as Group Technical Accounting Adviser at Eskom and Group Reporting Manager at African Oxygen Limited.

Lebo has had responsibility for various functions within finance, including ensuring compliance with the JSE Listings Requirements. She joined Famous Brands in July 2014. Lebo was appointed to the Famous Brands Limited Board as Group Financial Director effective 1 July 2016.

Darren Paul Hele (46)

Darren Paul Hele (46)

Chief Executive Officer
BCom
  • Appointed to the Board in January 2013
  • Attends all committee meetings by invitation

Darren commenced his career at Pleasure Foods Limited while studying for and completing a BCom degree. After participating in the management buyout of Pleasure Foods in 1996 he held executive roles at Whistle Stop and Wimpy before joining Famous Brands in 2003. He served as Managing Director of Wimpy in South Africa and later the United Kingdom. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer – Franchising division in May 2011 and in January 2013 assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Group. With effect from 1 March 2014, Darren assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer – Food Services, and Darren was appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 March 2016.