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.

Click on the photo to see the director’s biography.
Santie Botha

Santie Botha

Independent Chairman

Norman Joseph Adami

Norman Joseph Adami

Independent non-executive director

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2012

Qualifications

BEcon (Hons)

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation

Areas of expertise

Governance, marketing, strategy, remuneration, consumer insight, stakeholder relationships

Appointed to the Board on 24 February 2015

Qualifications

BBusSc (Hons), MBA

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Areas of expertise

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

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2018

Qualifications

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

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee

Areas of expertise

General management, risk, finance, governance

Thetele Emmarancia (Emma) Mashilwane

Thetele Emmarancia (Emma) Mashilwane

Independent non-executive director

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Independent non-executive director

Alexander (Alex) Maditse

Alexander (Alex) Maditse

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 1 December 2017

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, BCompt, BCom (Hons)/CTA, Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS)

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Areas of expertise

Internal and external audit, risk management, financial management, corporate governance, strategy, general management

Appointed to the Board as an alternative non-executive director in December 2011 and as a non-executive director on 27 February 2014

Qualifications

BCom, LLB, LLM

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Investment Committee
  • Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee
  • Attends the Remuneration Committee meeting and Audit and Risk Committee meeting by invitation

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, risk, corporate finance

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2019

Qualifications

BProc, LLB, LLM (Pennsylvania and Harvard), DIP Company Law

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Areas of expertise

General and operational management, governance, law

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Non-executive director

John Lee Halamandres

John Lee Halamandres

Non-executive director

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Group Financial Director

Appointed to the Board on 9 November 2017

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings and Investment Committee meetings by invitation

Areas of expertise

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

Appointed to the Board on 9 November 1994

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, governance, strategy

Appointed to the Board on 1 July 2016

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, PGDip Tax

Role at Famous Brands

  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation
  • Attends the Investment Committee meetings by invitation

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk, strategy

Darren Paul Hele

Darren Paul Hele

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2012

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


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

Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal

Darren Hele

Darren Hele

Chief Executive Officer

Jabulani Mahange

Jabulani Mahange

Group HR Executive

Appointed August 2019

Joined Exco in August 2019

Six months’ service at Famous Brands

Qualifications

BA LLB

Areas of expertise

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

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed March 2016

Previous positions

Group Chief Operating Officer and CEO – Food Services, Chief Operating Officer Franchising, Managing Director Wimpy SA and UK

Qualifications

BCom

Areas of expertise

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

Appointed July 2018

Joined Exco in July 2018

19 months’ service with Famous Brands

Qualifications

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

Areas of expertise

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

Andrew Mundell

Andrew Mundell

Group Executive – Business Development

Derrian Nadauld

Derrian Nadauld

Chief Operating Officer – Leading Brands

Ntando Ndaba

Ntando Ndaba

Group Risk Executive

Appointed June 2017

Joined Exco in June 2017

Three years’ service with Famous Brands

Qualifications

BSc Agric (Hons), MBA(UCT)

Areas of expertise

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

Appointed September 2019

Joined Exco in 2013

18 years’ service with Famous 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

Qualifications

National Diploma Catering Management and Diploma Marketing Management

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, marketing, strategy and operations

Appointed in October 2019

Joined Exco in October 2019

Four years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous position

Internal Audit Manager

Qualifications

BTech (currently studying towards an LLB qualification)

Areas of expertise

Governance, risk management, internal controls, forensics and ethics

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Group Financial Director

JP Sitombe

Jean-Paul Renouprez

Group Executive : Manufacturing and Logistics

Philip Smith

Philip Smith

Managing Director AME

Appointed July 2016

Joined Exco in July 2016

Six years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous position

Group Financial Executive and Company Secretary

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, PGDip (Tax)

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk and strategy

Appointed July 2020

Joined Exco in July 2020

Three years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous positions

Managing Executive : Manufacturing and Technical

Qualifications

B.SC Engineering (Industrial), MBA

Areas of expertise

Manufacturing, Supply Chain Planning and Management, Procurement

Appointed April 2016

Joined Exco in May 2016

Seven years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous positions

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

Qualifications

A Levels (UK)

Areas of expertise

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

Santie Botha

Santie Botha

Independent Chairman

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2012

Qualifications

BEcon (Hons)

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation

Areas of expertise

Governance, marketing, strategy, remuneration, consumer insight, stakeholder relationships

Norman Joseph Adami

Norman Joseph Adami

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 24 February 2015

Qualifications

BBusSc (Hons), MBA

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Areas of expertise

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

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Deon Jeftha Fredericks

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2018

Qualifications

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

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee

Areas of expertise

General management, risk, finance, governance

Thetele Emmarancia (Emma) Mashilwane

Thetele Emmarancia (Emma) Mashilwane

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 1 December 2017

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, BCompt, BCom (Hons)/CTA, Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS)

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Areas of expertise

Internal and external audit, risk management, financial management, corporate governance, strategy, general management

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Christopher Hardy Boulle

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board as an alternative non-executive director in December 2011 and as a non-executive director on 27 February 2014

Qualifications

BCom, LLB, LLM

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Investment Committee
  • Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee
  • Attends the Remuneration Committee meeting and Audit and Risk Committee meeting by invitation

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, risk, corporate finance

Alexander (Alex) Maditse

Alexander (Alex) Maditse

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2019

Qualifications

BProc, LLB, LLM (Pennsylvania and Harvard), DIP Company Law

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Nominations Committee
  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Areas of expertise

General and operational management, governance, law

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris

Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 9 November 2017

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Social and Ethics Committee
  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings and Investment Committee meetings by invitation

Areas of expertise

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

John Lee Halamandres

John Lee Halamandres

Non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 9 November 1994

Role at Famous Brands

  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, governance, strategy

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Group Financial Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 July 2016

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, PGD Tax

Role at Famous Brands

  • Attends the Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation
  • Attends the Investment Committee meetings by invitation

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk, strategy

Darren Paul Hele

Darren Paul Hele

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2012

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

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

Group Company Secretary and Head of Legal

Appointed August 2019

Joined Exco in August 2019

Six months’ service at Famous Brands

Qualifications

BA LLB

Areas of expertise

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

Darren Hele

Darren Hele

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed March 2016

Previous positions

Group Chief Operating Officer and CEO – Food Services, Chief Operating Officer Franchising, Managing Director Wimpy SA and UK

Qualifications

BCom

Areas of expertise

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

Jabulani Mahange

Jabulani Mahange

Group HR Executive

Group HR Executive

Appointed July 2018

Joined Exco in July 2018

19 months’ service with Famous Brands

Qualifications

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

Areas of expertise

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

Andrew Mundell

Andrew Mundell

Group Executive – Business Development

Appointed June 2017

Joined Exco in June 2017

Three years’ service with Famous Brands

Qualifications

BSc Agric (Hons), MBA(UCT)

Areas of expertise

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

Derrian Nadauld

Derrian Nadauld

Chief Operating Officer – Leading Brands

Appointed September 2019

Joined Exco in 2013

18 years’ service with Famous 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

Qualifications

National Diploma Catering Management and Diploma Marketing Management

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, marketing, strategy and operations

Ntando Ndaba

Ntando Ndaba

Group Risk Executive

Appointed in October 2019

Joined Exco in October 2019

Four years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous position

Internal Audit Manager

Qualifications

BTech (currently studying towards an LLB qualification)

Areas of expertise

Governance, risk management, internal controls, forensics and ethics

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha

Group Financial Director

Appointed July 2016

Joined Exco in July 2016

Six years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous position

Group Financial Executive and Company Secretary

Qualifications

CA(SA), MBA, PGDip (Tax)

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk and strategy

JP Sitombe

Jean-Paul Renouprez

Group Executive: Manufacturing and Logistics

Appointed July 2020

Joined Exco in July 2020

Three years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous positions

Managing Executive: Manufacturing and Technical

Qualifications

B.SC Engineering (Industrial), MBA

Areas of expertise

Manufacturing, Supply Chain Planning and Management, Procurement

Philip Smith

Philip Smith

Managing Director AME

Managing Director AME

Appointed April 2016

Joined Exco in May 2016

Seven years’ service with Famous Brands

Previous positions

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

Qualifications

A Levels (UK)

Areas of expertise

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