Board of Directors

Panagiotis (Peter) Halamandaris (69)

Panagiotis (Peter) Halamandaris (69)

Non-executive Director
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation
  • Member of the Nominations Committee

Peter has made an important contribution to the Famous Brands Group since 1974. He has served on various portfolio committees over the years, assuming the position of Chairman of the company upon listing in November 1994. From March 2007, Peter assumed the position of non-executive Chairman. On 24 October 2013, Peter retired as non-executive Chairman. He has remained on the Board as a non-executive director.

Theofanis Halamandaris (65)

Theofanis Halamandaris (65)

Non-executive Director
Theofanis has made a significant contribution to the Group since 1974 through the fulfilment of various responsibilities. He assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in March 2001, after serving as the Group Managing Director for three years. After retiring as Chief Executive Officer in May 2010, Theofanis took over from John Lee Halamandres as Deputy Chairman of the Group. In 2014, he became a non-executive director.
Periklis Halamandaris (61)

Periklis Halamandaris (61)

Non-executive Director
Periklis was one of the original founding members of the Group and has in excess of 20 years experience in the food and franchising industry. He was appointed to the Board of Famous Brands Limited in 1994 and was responsible for expanding the operations of the Group beyond the borders of South Africa. Periklis resigned from the Board during the course of 1999 to concentrate on his private business. In March 2001, he was reappointed to the Board as a non-executive director.
John Lee Halamandaris (62)

John Lee Halamandaris (62)

Non-executive Director
  • Member of the Remuneration 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 (51)

Santie Botha (51)

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
Tiger Brands - Non-executive director

Santie is currently the Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. 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 (59)

Bheki Lindinkosi Sibiya (59)

Independent non-executive director
BAdmin, MBA
  • Appointed to the Board in March 2004
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Nominations 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 (44)

Christopher Hardy Boulle (44)

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

Advtech - Non-executive director
Amalgamated Electronic Corporation - 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. He commenced his legal career at HR Levin Attorneys where he is now one of the two senior partners.

Norman Adami (62)

Norman Adami (62)

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
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

Darren Paul Hele (44)

Darren Paul Hele (44)

Chief Executive Officer
BCom
  • Appointed to the Board in January 2013
  • Attends the Social and Ethics 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.

Kevin Alexander Hedderwick (64)

Kevin Alexander Hedderwick (64)

Non-executive Director
  • Appointed to the Board in March 2001
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation
  • Attends the Remuneration Committee meetings by invitation
  • Attends the Nominations Committee meetings by invitation
Directorships in other listed entities:

Holdsport Limited - Non-executive director

Kevin joined the Group in February 2000 as Managing Director of the Steers brand. He has an excellent business record, combining food, beverage and franchising expertise. Kevin has held senior executive positions in a number of blue-chip companies including SA Breweries, Distell and Foodcorp. In March 2001, Kevin was appointed Chief Operating Officer, a position he held for nine years, before being appointed Chief Executive of Famous Brands in May 2010. With effect from 1 March 2014, Kevin assumed the role of Group Chief Executive.

Moses Kgosana (57)

Moses Kgosana (57)

Independent Non-executive Director
  • Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nominations Committee

Moses, CA (SA), is the outgoing Chief Executive of KPMG Southern Africa as well as Chairman of KPMG Africa. He also served as a member of KPMG International Board as Lead director. Moses has 33 years of Accounting, Auditing and Advisory experience within the Public and Private Sectors. Previously, he was Chairman of the Policy Board and Executive Director of Consumer Markets for KPMG South Africa.

Thembisa Skweyiya (43)

Thembisa Skweyiya (43)

Non-executive Director
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Thembisa, (BProc, LLB, LLM, H Dip Tax), 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.

Kelebogile Ntlha (33)

Kelebogile Ntlha (33)

Group Financial Director
Lebo is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds an MBA degree (awarded cum laude) from Wits University. 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.

Executive Leadership

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 specialising 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 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 Sinclair (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.