Board and management

Our Board commits itself to the highest standards of corporate governance. These standards centre around good corporate governance, business integrity and ethics.

The Board sets the tone and instils a culture of integrity and compliance throughout the Group. Famous Brands’ Board is responsible for governance, setting the strategy and monitoring performance against strategic goals.

The directors are satisfied that Famous Brands complies substantially with the principles and spirit of King IV.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors have the necessary experience to fulfil their fiduciary and stewardship duties as Directors of Famous Brands. Our non-executive Directors have, and do, act as Directors on the boards of other listed and non-listed companies.

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Santie Botha

Santie Botha

Independent non-executive Chairman

Darren Paul Hele

Darren Paul Hele

Chief Executive Officer

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Group Financial Director

The Chairman of the Board is independent.

Qualifications

BEcon (Hons)

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Nominations Committee;
  • member of the Remuneration Committee;
  • member of the Investment Committee; and
  • attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Curro Holdings – Independent Chairman; and
  • Capitec Bank Holdings – Independent Chairman.

Santie served as an executive director of the MTN Group (2003 to 2010) and prior to that, of Absa Bank (1996 to 2003). She served as Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University from 2011 until 2017. Santie has received a range of awards, including Business Woman of the Year (2010).

Areas of expertise

Governance, general management, operations, marketing, strategy, remuneration, consumer insight and stakeholder relationships

Qualifications

BCom

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee; and
  • attends all Committee meetings by invitation and attends various subsidiary and associate company Board meetings as a director.

Darren commenced his career at Pleasure Foods Limited while studying for and completing a BCom. After participating in the management buy-out 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 SA and later in the UK.

Darren was appointed Chief Operating Officer – Franchising division in May 2011 and in January 2013 assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Group. With effect from 1 March 2014, Darren assumed the role of CEO – Food Services. He was appointed CEO of the Group with effect from 1 March 2016.

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, marketing, strategy and stakeholder relationships

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, PGDip Tax

Role at Famous Brands

  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation; and
  • attends the Investment Committee meetings by invitation.

Lebo is a CA(SA) and holds an MBA degree (awarded cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a post-graduate diploma in tax. She completed her articles with PwC in 2007, after which she gained extensive experience in IFRS 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 the Group Financial Executive and Company Secretary and was appointed to the Board as Group FD effective 1 July 2016.

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk and strategy

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Group Financial Director – elect

Alexander (Alex) Komape Maditse

Alexander (Alex) Komape Maditse

Independent non-executive director

Fagmeedah Petersen-Cook

Fagmeedah Petersen-Cook

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications

BCompt (Hons), Business Management (Hons), CA(SA), CIMA

Role at Famous Brands

  • Group Financial Director – elect

Deon has previously held various other directorships, including Telkom, Vodacom, BCX, Trudon, Gyro Group, SAA and the Telkom Retirement Fund.

Areas of expertise

General management, risk and finance

Qualifications

BProc, LLB, LLM, Dip Company Law

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee; and
  • member of the Nomination Committee.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • African Rainbow Minerals Limited – lead independent director, member of the Board, Audit, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Remuneration Committee;
  • The Bidvest Group Limited – member of the Board, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees; and
  • Murray & Roberts – member of the Board, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees.

Alex is an admitted attorney and is currently the CEO of Copper Moon Trading Pty Limited. He serves as a director on several boards and committees of listed companies. He has previously held the positions of Country Manager Coca-Cola East and Central Africa and Franchise Operations Director of Coca-Cola SA.

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, franchising, management and operations

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Investment Committee;
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Telkom SOC Pty Ltd – Board Member, member of the Nominations Committee, member of the Risk Committee and Chairman of the Investment Committee
  • ABSA Financial Services Group – Board Member, member of the Group Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and member of the Actuarial Committee
  • Pepkor – Board Member, Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Escap – Board member, member of the audit committee, risk committee, social and ethics committee and nominations committee

Fagmeedah currently serves as a non-executive director for a range of diverse companies where she applies her strategic thinking and well-developed understanding of risk. She is a CD(SA) charter holder, and a certified director, and an experienced investment professional and has held C-suite roles in the public and private sector. Fagmeedah’s professional career as an actuary spans twenty-four years.

Areas of expertise

General management, actuarial science, risk management, strategy, investments, governance

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Independent non-executive director

Norman Joseph Adami

Norman Joseph Adami

Independent non-executive director

John Lee Halamandres

John Lee Halamandres

Non-executive director

Qualifications

BCom, LLB, LLM

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Investment Committee;
  • chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee;
  • member of the Remuneration Committee; and
  • attends Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Advtech – Chairman and non-executive director

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

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, risk and corporate finance

Qualifications

B Bus, Sci (Hons), MBA

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee;
  • member of the Nominations Committee; and
  • member of the Investment Committee.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • CCB Africa – Board member.

Norman had an extensive career with SABMiller, which commenced at SAB Pty Limited in 1979. He was appointed Managing Director of SAB in 1994 and Chairman in 2000. In 2003, he was installed as President and CEO of the newly acquired Miller Brewing Company. In 2006, he was appointed President and CEO 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.

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

Areas of expertise

General management, risk, strategy, marketing, operational management, mergers and acquisitions

Role at Famous Brands

  • 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 CEO until his appointment as non-executive Deputy Chairman in March 2001, a position he held until May 2010.

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, governance and strategy

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Non-executive director

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee; and
  • attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings and Investment Committee meetings by invitation.

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.

Areas of expertise

General management, strategy, franchise management, food services and property management


Group Executive Committee

Our Group Exco comprises a diverse and experienced management team, consisting of the Group CEO and nine other members of senior management.

Celeste Appollis

Celeste Appollis

BA LLB, H.Dip. (Company Law)

Jabulani Mahange

Jabulani Mahange

BA, BED (Wits), PDM (Wits), MBL (SA)

Andrew Mundell

Andrew Mundell

BSc Agric (Hons), MBA (UCT)

Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal

Areas of expertise

Corporate law, governance, company secretarial, JSE listings environment, general legal administration, intellectual property law, mergers and acquisitions and competition law

Group HR Executive

Areas of expertise

HR strategy, organisational change, culture change, social and ethics, transformation/BBBEE and organisational development

Group Executive – Business Development

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, retail management, marketing, strategy and mergers and acquisitions

Derrian Nadauld

Derrian Nadauld

NDip Catering Management, Certificate Marketing Management

Ntando Ndaba

Ntando Ndaba

BTech

Jean-Paul Renouprez

Jean-Paul Renouprez

MBA, BSc Engineering

Chief Operating Officer – Leading Brands

Previous positions

Managing Director GBK and Wimpy UK, Managing Executive Franchising and Logistics, Chief Marketing Officer, Managing Executive Debonairs Pizza, Managing Executive Wimpy SA and General Manager Coffee Brands

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, marketing, strategy and operations

Group Risk Executive

Previous position

Internal Audit Manager

Areas of expertise

Governance, risk management, internal controls, forensics and ethics

Group Executive : Manufacturing and Logistics

Previous positions

Managing Executive : Manufacturing and Technical

Areas of expertise

Manufacturing, Supply Chain Planning and Management, Procurement

Philip Smith

Philip Smith

A Levels (UK)

Managing Director AME

Previous positions

General Manager Milky Lane and Brazilian Café, General Manager Mpumalanga RCOE and Managing Executive Western Cape RCOE

Areas of expertise

Brand management, franchise management, general management, operations, stakeholder relationships and strategy

Santie Botha

Santie Botha

Independent non-executive Chairman

The Chairman of the Board is independent.

Qualifications

BEcon (Hons)

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Nominations Committee;
  • member of the Remuneration Committee;
  • member of the Investment Committee; and
  • attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Curro Holdings – Independent Chairman; and
  • Capitec Bank Holdings – Independent Chairman.

Santie served as an executive director of the MTN Group (2003 to 2010) and prior to that, of Absa Bank (1996 to 2003). She served as Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University from 2011 until 2017. Santie has received a range of awards, including Business Woman of the Year (2010).

Areas of expertise

Governance, general management, operations, marketing, strategy, remuneration, consumer insight and stakeholder relationships

Norman Joseph Adami

Norman Joseph Adami

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications

B Bus, Sci (Hons), MBA

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee;
  • member of the Nominations Committee; and
  • member of the Investment Committee.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • CCB Africa – Board member.

Norman had an extensive career with SABMiller, which commenced at SAB Pty Limited in 1979. He was appointed Managing Director of SAB in 1994 and Chairman in 2000. In 2003, he was installed as President and CEO of the newly acquired Miller Brewing Company. In 2006, he was appointed President and CEO 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.

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

Areas of expertise

General management, risk, strategy, marketing, operational management, mergers and acquisitions

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications

BCom, LLB, LLM

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Investment Committee;
  • chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee;
  • member of the Remuneration Committee; and
  • attends Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Advtech – Chairman and non-executive director

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

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, risk and corporate finance

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Group Financial Director – elect

Qualifications

BCompt (Hons), Business Management (Hons), CA(SA), CIMA

Deon has previously held various other directorships, including Telkom, Vodacom, BCX, Trudon, Gyro Group, SAA and the Telkom Retirement Fund.

Areas of expertise

General management, risk and finance

Alexander (Alex) Maditse

Alexander (Alex) Maditse

Independent non-executive director

Qualifications

BProc, LLB, LLM, Dip Company Law

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee; and
  • member of the Nomination Committee.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • African Rainbow Minerals Limited – lead independent director, member of the Board, Audit, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Remuneration Committee;
  • The Bidvest Group Limited – member of the Board, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees; and
  • Murray & Roberts – member of the Board, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees.

Alex is an admitted attorney and is currently the CEO of Copper Moon Trading Pty Limited. He serves as a director on several boards and committees of listed companies. He has previously held the positions of Country Manager Coca-Cola East and Central Africa and Franchise Operations Director of Coca-Cola SA.

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, franchising, management and operations

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Non-executive director

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee; and
  • attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings and Investment Committee meetings by invitation.

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.

Areas of expertise

General management, strategy, franchise management, food services and property management

John Lee Halamandres

John Lee Halamandres

Non-executive director

Role at Famous Brands

  • 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 CEO until his appointment as non-executive Deputy Chairman in March 2001, a position he held until May 2010.

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, governance and strategy

Darren Paul Hele

Darren Paul Hele

Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications

BCom

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee
  • Attends all Committee meetings by invitation and attends various subsidiary and associate company Board meetings as a director

Darren commenced his career at Pleasure Foods Limited while studying for and completing a BCom. 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 in the United Kingdom.

Darren was appointed Chief Operating Officer – Franchising division in May 2011 and in January 2013 assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Group. With effect from 1 March 2014, Darren assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer – Food Services. Darren was appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 March 2016.

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, marketing, strategy, stakeholder relationships

Fagmeedah Petersen-Cook

Fagmeedah Petersen-Cook

Independent non-executive director

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Investment Committee;
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Telkom SOC Pty Ltd – Board Member, member of the Nominations Committee, member of the Risk Committee and Chairman of the Investment Committee
  • ABSA Financial Services Group – Board Member, member of the Group Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and member of the Actuarial Committee
  • Pepkor – Board Member, Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Escap – Board member, member of the audit committee, risk committee, social and ethics committee and nominations committee

Fagmeedah currently serves as a non-executive director for a range of diverse companies where she applies her strategic thinking and well-developed understanding of risk. She is a CD(SA) charter holder, and a certified director, and an experienced investment professional and has held C-suite roles in the public and private sector. Fagmeedah’s professional career as an actuary spans twenty-four years.

Areas of expertise

General management, actuarial science, risk management, strategy, investments, governance

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Group Financial Director

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, PGDip Tax

Role at Famous Brands

  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation; and
  • attends the Investment Committee meetings by invitation.

Lebo is a CA(SA) and holds an MBA degree (awarded cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a post-graduate diploma in tax. She completed her articles with PwC in 2007, after which she gained extensive experience in IFRS 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 the Group Financial Executive and Company Secretary and was appointed to the Board as Group FD effective 1 July 2016.

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk and strategy

Group Executive Committee

Our Group Exco comprises a diverse and experienced management team, consisting of the Group CEO and nine other members of senior management.

Celeste Appollis

Celeste Appollis

BA LLB

Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal

Areas of expertise

Corporate law, governance, company secretarial, JSE listings environment, general legal administration, intellectual property law, mergers and acquisitions and competition law

Jabulani Mahange

Jabulani Mahange

BA, BED (Wits), PDM (Wits), MBL (SA)

Group HR Executive

Areas of expertise

HR strategy, organisational change, culture change, social and ethics, transformation/BBBEE and organisational development

Andrew Mundell

Andrew Mundell

BSc Agric (Hons), MBA(UCT)

Group Executive – Business Development

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, retail management, marketing, strategy and mergers and acquisitions

Derrian Nadauld

Derrian Nadauld

National Diploma Catering Management and Diploma Marketing Management

Chief Operating Officer – Leading Brands

Previous positions

Managing Director GBK and Wimpy UK, Managing Executive Franchising and Logistics, Chief Marketing Officer, Managing Executive Debonairs Pizza, Managing Executive Wimpy SA and General Manager Coffee Brands

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, marketing, strategy and operations

Ntando Ndaba

Ntando Ndaba

BTech (currently studying towards an LLB qualification)

Group Risk Executive

Previous position

Internal Audit Manager

Areas of expertise

Governance, risk management, internal controls, forensics and ethics

JP Sitombe

Jean-Paul Renouprez

B.SC Engineering (Industrial), MBA

Group Executive : Manufacturing and Logistics

Previous positions

Managing Executive : Manufacturing and Technical

Areas of expertise

Manufacturing, Supply Chain Planning and Management, Procurement

Philip Smith

Philip Smith

A Levels (UK)

Managing Director AME

Previous positions

General Manager Milky Lane and Brazilian Café, General Manager Mpumalanga RCOE and Managing Executive Western Cape RCOE

Areas of expertise

Brand management, franchise management, general management, operations, stakeholder relationships and strategy