Board of Directors

John Lee Halamandres (65)

John Lee Halamandres (65)

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

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.

Areas of expertise

General management, franchise management, governance, strategy.

Santie Botha (54)

Santie Botha (54)

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

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Curro Holdings – Chairman
  • Capitec Bank Holdings Limited and Capitec Bank Limited – Chairman
  • Telkom – non-executive director

Santie 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).

Areas of expertise

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

Darren Paul Hele (48)

Darren Paul Hele (48)

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.

Christopher Hardy Boulle (47)

Christopher Hardy Boulle (47)

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

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, BBBEE 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.

Areas of expertise

Law, governance, strategy, risk, corporate finance.

Norman Adami (65)

Norman Adami (65)

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 24 February 2015

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business Science (Hons), MBA

Role at Famous Brands

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

Directorships in other listed entities

  • CCB Africa – non-executive director

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 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 in 2014.

Norman is owner-operator of Nyumbu Wildlife and is a member of 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.

Areas of expertise

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

Thetele Emmaranda (Emma) Mashilwane (43)

Thetele Emmaranda (Emma) Mashilwane (43)

Thetele Emmaranda (Emma) Mashilwane (43)

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

Directorships in other listed entities

  • Tiger Brands – Board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Murray & Roberts – Board member and member of the Risk Committee and Audit and Sustainability Committee

Emma is a Chartered Accountant and is currently Chief Executive Officer of MASA Risk Advisory Services. Emma was nominated as a finalist in the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa 2017 Regional Business Achiever Awards.

Areas of expertise

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

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris (43)

Nicolaos (Nik) Halamandaris (43)

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

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, property management.

Deon Jeftha Fredericks (58)

Deon Jeftha Fredericks (58)

Independent non-executive director

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2018

Qualifications

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

Role at Famous Brands

  • Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee

Directorships in other entities

  • South African Airways – Interim CFO
  • BCX – non-executive director
  • Gyro Group (Pty) Ltd – non-executive director

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

Areas of expertise

General management, risk, finance, governance.

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha (36)

Kelebogile (Lebo) Ntlha (36)

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

Lebo is a Chartered Accountant (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 PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 Financial Director effective 1 July 2016.

Areas of expertise

Finance, risk, strategy.

Alexander (Alex) Komape Maditse (57)

Alexander (Alex) Komape Maditse (57)

Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2019

Qualifications

BPROC, LLB (WITS), LLM (PENNSYLVANIA), LLM (HARVARD), DIP COMPANY LAW (WITS)

Directorships in other listed entities

  • AFRICAN RAINBOW MINERALS LIMITED - Lead Independent Director
    Member: Board, Audit, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees
    Chairman: Investment Committee and Remuneration Committee
  • THE BIDVEST GROUP LIMITED
    Member: Board of Directors, Remuneration, and Social and Ethics Committees
  • MURRAY AND ROBERTS
    Member: Board Of Directors, Remuneration, And Social And Ethics Committees

Alex is an admitted attorney and is currently the Chief Executive Officer 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 South Africa.