DIRECTORS

Directors
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Simon
Simon

SIMON SUSMAN (68)
CHAIRMAN
NON-INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Other directorships include: Trent Limited, Business Against Crime, Chairman of Conservation International (SA) Centre for Biodiversity and Chairman of the Advisory Board – University of Stellenbosch Business School, Meat Naturally, Virgin Active Group, Capstone Asset Management, TSiBA University and Education Trust and Yes for Youth.

Simon joined Woolworths in 1982 after working at clothing and food retailer, Marks & Spencer plc in London. At Woolworths he has led the retail operations, food and clothing groups and was appointed to the Board in 1995. He became the Chief Executive Officer in 2000. He was appointed as a non-executive director and Deputy Chairman in 2010 and Chairman in 2011. He is a member of the Nominations, Remuneration, Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees.

 

SIMON SUSMAN
CHAIRMAN
NON-INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hubert
Hubert

HUBERT BRODY (55)
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CA (SA)

Chairman of the WHL Audit Committee; member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Nominations, Social and Ethics, Sustainability, Remuneration and Treasury Committees; Chairman of the Woolworths South Africa Audit Review Panel.

Hubert was previously the Chief Executive, Personal Finance, at Sanlam Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Holdings Limited. In addition, he was the Chairman of Imperial Bank, Regent Group and served as Chairman on a number of the Imperial Group‘s divisional and supervisory boards. Hubert joined the WHL Board in 2014.

Other directorships include: Nedbank Group, Nedbank and Tennis SA.

HUBERT BRODY
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ian
Ian

IAN MOIR (60) (AUSTRALIAN)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MA (ECON), MBA

Chairman of the Boards of Woolworths South Africa, David Jones and Country Road Group; and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics, and Sustainability Committees.

Ian was appointed to the WHL Board in January 2010 and as Group Chief Executive Officer in November 2010. Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer, Ian was the Chief Executive Officer of Country Road having been appointed to that role in November 2000 after serving as Chief Operating Officer of the company. He was previously executive director and Chief Operating Officer of Woolmark.

Other directorships include: Woolworths; David Jones; and Country Road Group.

IAN MOIR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

ZARINA BASSA (55)
INCOMING LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CA (SA)

Chairman of the WHL Risk and Compliance Committee; member of the WHL Audit, Nominations, Remuneration and Treasury Committees; Chairman of Woolworths South Africa‘s Remuneration and Risk and Compliance Committees; and member of the Audit Review Panel and Woolworths South Africa Board.

Zarina’s previous roles include chairing the Public Accountants’ and Auditors’ Board and the Auditing Standards Board. She previously served on the Accounting Standards Board, the JSE’s GAAP Monitoring Panel, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Kumba Iron Ore, Mercedes Benz South Africa, Sun International, Vodacom South Africa and the Financial Services Board and was Vice President of ABASA. Zarina is a former partner of Ernst & Young. She joined the Absa Group in 2002 and was an executive director heading up the Private Bank and member of the Group’s Executive Committee. She joined the WHL Board in 2011.

Other directorships include: JSE Limited; Senior Independent Director of the Investec Group; Oceana; YES (Youth Employment Service); and Chairman of Yebo Yethu Limited.

ZARINA BASSA
INCOMING LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tom
Tom

TOM BOARDMAN (69)
LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CA (SA)

Chairman of the WHL Remuneration and Nominations Committees; member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees and Trustee of the Woolworths Holdings Share Trust.

Tom was Chief Executive Officer of Nedbank Group Limited from December 2003 to February 2010 and served as an independent director of Nedbank Limited from 2010 to 2017. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of BoE Limited, one of South Africa‘s leading private and investment banking companies, which was acquired by Nedbank in 2002. Tom was the founding shareholder and Managing Director of retail houseware chain Boardmans, prior to which he was Managing Director of Sam Newman Limited. He joined the WHL Board in 2010.

Other directorships include: African Rainbow Minerals Limited; Athena Capital; Royal Bafokeng Holdings; Ubuntu-Botho Investments (Pty) Ltd; African Rainbow Capital (Pty) Limited; African Rainbow Energy & Power (Pty) Limited; and The Peace Parks Foundation.

TOM BOARDMAN
LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Andrew
Andrew

ANDREW HIGGINSON (62) (BRITISH)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BSC (HONS)

Member of the WHL Audit, Remuneration, Nominations, and Risk and Compliance Committees.

Andrew held executive board positions in listed retail businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) for 27 years, 15 of which were as an executive director of Tesco plc, one of the world‘s largest retailers. He retired as an executive from Tesco in August 2012 and now holds a number of non-executive directorships and is the Chairman of UK food retailer, Morrisons. He joined the WHL Board in 2012.

Other directorships include: WM Morrisons Supermarkets; Evergreen Garden Care; Clearwater International; Aston Service London; YorkParkingSpace; Cornthwaite Seven; and Bridge Farmers Group.

ANDREW HIGGINSON
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nombulelo
Nombulelo

NOMBULELO (PINKY) MOHOLI (59)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
B.SC ENGINEERING, SEP, SMMP

Chairman of the WHL Social and Ethics Committee and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Remuneration and Sustainability Committees.

Pinky has more than 24 years’ experience in the Information Communication and Technology industry. She was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Telkom from 2011 and stepped down in March 2013. She joined the Board in 2014.

Other directorships and memberships include: Engen; Anglo American Platinum; and Chairman of Nedbank‘s Eyethu Community Trust.

NOMBULELO MOHOLI
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DAVID KNEALE (65) (BRITISH)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BA

Member of the WHL Nominations, Remuneration, and Risk and Compliance Committees.

David has extensive retail experience gained over more than 40 years while at the Clicks Group Limited (“Clicks”), Boots Company plc (Boots) and Waterstones Booksellers. At Clicks he served as Chief Executive Officer for 13 years. He served on the executive committee and held various senior positions at Boots including Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director for International Retail Development. He also held the position of Managing Director of Waterstones Booksellers for two years. David joined the WHL Board in 2019.

Other directorships and memberships include: Morow Investments and The Ravine Trust.

DAVID KNEALE
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

THEMBISA SKWEYIYA (46)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
B.PROC, LLB, LLM, H.DIP (TAX)

Member of the WHL Audit, Risk and Compliance and Sustainability Committees.

Thembisa is an admitted attorney of the New York State Bar, United States of America, and has extensive corporate finance and legal expertise having served at Nedbank Capital and Citigroup. Thembisa joined the Board in 2019.

Other directorships and memberships include: Imperial Logistics; Liberty Holdings; Stanlib; Sumitomo Rubber South Africa; Rothschild South Africa; Skweyiya Investment Holdings; and The Victor Daitz Foundation.

THEMBISA SKWEYIYA
INDEPENDENT
NON- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BELINDA EARL (57) (BRITISH)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BSC (HONS) ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

Member of the WHL Risk and Compliance and Sustainability Committees.

Belinda has over 30 years’ experience in fashion, design, general merchandise and management and was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to retail in 2017. Belinda most recently served as Style Director for Marks & Spencer plc and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Jaeger, a premium British fashion brand, until 2011. She was also Chief Executive Officer of the department store group Debenhams plc from 2000 to 2003, after a career of 15 years in the group. Belinda joined the WHL Board in 2019.

Other memberships include: British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion Committee.

BELINDA EARL
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CHRISTOPHER COLFER (50) (CANADIAN)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BA

Member of the WHL Audit, Remuneration, Nominations and, Risk and Compliance Committees; Chairman of the David Jones and Country Road Group Risk and Compliance and Remuneration Committees; and member of the David Jones and Country Road Group Audit Committees.

Christopher has over 30 years’ experience in international retail and e-commerce across public, private and start-up businesses in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, the United States of America and Australia. He joined Richemont International (Richemont) in 2002 where he headed the textiles businesses Chloé, Shanghai Tang, James Purdey and Sons, Old England and Hackett, as well as various business development initiatives, and was later appointed Chief Executive Officer of Alfred Dunhill Limited. Christopher also led Richemont’s early investment in Net-a-Porter, overseeing the growth of the business from start-up to ultimate full acquisition by Richemont in 2010. He joined the WHL Board in 2019

Other directorships include: AHAlife; Nude by Nature; H.Huntsman & Sons and Squiz.

CHRISTOPHER COLFER
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CLIVE THOMSON (53)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
B.COM (HONS), M PHIL, CA (SA)

Member of the WHL Audit, Treasury, Social and Ethics, and Risk and Compliance Committees. Member of Woolworths South Africa’s Audit Review Panel and Chairman of the David Jones and Country Road Group Audit Committees.

Clive has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership and executive roles. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Barloworld Limited (Barloworld) for approximately 10 years, and as Group Finance Director for close to four years. Prior to his group CEO role, Clive was Chief Executive Officer of Barloworld Equipment with responsibility for leading the Caterpillar equipment businesses in Southern Africa, Russia and Iberia, and was Finance Director of Barloworld Coatings for five years.

Prior to joining Barloworld, Clive was a partner at Deloitte with responsibility for audit client services, in addition to which he served in accounting technical advisory and education portfolios.

Other directorships include: Borusan Makina.

CLIVE THOMSON
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Reeza
Reeza

REEZA ISAACS (50)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
CA (SA)

Chairman of the WHL Treasury Committee and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance Committee.

Reeza joined Woolworths in June 2013 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Finance Director in November 2013. He was previously the senior partner for the Western Cape Ernst & Young office and a partner from 1999. Reeza has worked across multiple business sectors including manufacturing, retail, oil, gas, asset management and insurance and with a wide variety of entities including listed, private, and owner-managed entities. He was the lead partner for several of Ernst & Young‘s largest Cape Town clients, including Engen, Coronation, Woolworths, Metropolitan Life, Sanlam and Truworths.

Other directorships include: Woolworths; David Jones; Country Road Group; Woolworths Financial Services; iSentials; Nationwide Recovery Services; and Account On Us.

REEZA ISAACS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
Sam
Sam

SAM NGUMENI (51)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
BCOM, MBA, AMP

Chairman of the WHL Information Management Committee and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance Committee.

Sam has been with the WHL Group for 23 years, primarily in Financial Services and has more than 16 years retail credit experience. He was appointed as the Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2012 with functional responsibility for information technology, supply chain and logistics, sourcing and human resources across the WHL Group. In addition, he has responsibility for Insights & Analytics, Loyalty & CRM and Customer Service for the Australian Region and is responsible for Financial Services for the David Jones business.

He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Woolworths South Africa and the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Financial Services where he spearheaded the successful joint venture between Woolworths and Barclays (now ABSA). Sam was appointed to the WHL Board in 2014.

Other directorships and chairmanships include: Woolworths; David Jones; Country Road Group; and Chairman of Woolworths Financial Services and the Woolworths Trust.

SAM NGUMENI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Zyda
Zyda

ZYDA RYLANDS (54)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS SOUTH AFRICA
CA (SA)

Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths South Africa and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics, and Sustainability Committees.

Zyda joined Woolworths South Africa in 1996, working in the finance and store operation teams until her appointment as the People and Transformation Director in 2005, followed by her appointment as Chief Operating Officer: Support Services in 2008 and Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths South Africa in September 2015. She was appointed to the WHL Board in August 2006.

Zyda served as Chairperson of the Audit Committee for Parliamentary Services and as a Chairperson and non-executive director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP); and The Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture.

Other directorships and memberships include: Woolworths South Africa; Woolworths Financial Services; African Capital Property Portfolio; Peregrine; Peregrine IQ; Gwaing Property Development; National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency; and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.

ZYDA RYLANDS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS
Chantel
Chantel

CHANTEL REDDIAR (43)
GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY
BA, LLB, LLM, MBA

Member of the WHL Information Management Committee.

Chantel joined Woolworths in September 2016 as the Director: Governance, Risk and Compliance and Group Company Secretary. Chantel has 19 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer. Previously, Chantel was Group Company Secretary for Sun International Limited, and the Director: Corporate Services and Legal. Her responsibilities include oversight of corporate governance, compliance, legal and the Group’s risk functions.

Prior to Sun International, Chantel served as a Legal Advisor at Nissan South Africa, having completed her articles at Webber Wentzel Bowens.

CHANTEL REDDIAR
GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY

 

 

WHL Group Executives
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Ian
Ian

IAN MOIR (60) (AUSTRALIAN)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
AND ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: DAVID JONES

Chairman of the Boards of Woolworths South Africa, David Jones and Country Road Group; and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics, and Sustainability Committees.

Ian was appointed to the WHL Board in January 2010 and as Group Chief Executive Officer in November 2010. Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer, Ian was the Chief Executive Officer of Country Road having been appointed to that role in November 2000 after serving as Chief Operating Officer of the company. He was previously executive director and Chief Operating Officer of Woolmark.

Other directorships include: Woolworths; David Jones; and Country Road Group.

IAN MOIR
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: DAVID JONES
Reeza
Reeza

REEZA ISAACS (50)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
CA (SA)

Chairman of the WHL Treasury Committee and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance Committee.

Reeza joined Woolworths in June 2013 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Finance Director in November 2013. He was previously the senior partner for the Western Cape Ernst & Young office and a partner from 1999. Reeza has worked across multiple business sectors including manufacturing, retail, oil, gas, asset management and insurance and with a wide variety of entities including listed, private, and owner-managed entities. He was the lead partner for several of Ernst & Young‘s largest Cape Town clients, including Engen, Coronation, Woolworths, Metropolitan Life, Sanlam and Truworths.

Other directorships include: Woolworths; David Jones; Country Road Group; Woolworths Financial Services; iSentials; Nationwide Recovery Services; and Account On Us.

REEZA ISAACS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
Zyda
Zyda

ZYDA RYLANDS (54)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS SOUTH AFRICA
CA (SA)

Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths South Africa and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics, and Sustainability Committees.

Zyda joined Woolworths South Africa in 1996, working in the finance and store operation teams until her appointment as the People and Transformation Director in 2005, followed by her appointment as Chief Operating Officer: Support Services in 2008 and Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths South Africa in September 2015. She was appointed to the WHL Board in August 2006.

Zyda served as Chairperson of the Audit Committee for Parliamentary Services and as a Chairperson and non-executive director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP); and The Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture.

Other directorships and memberships include: Woolworths South Africa; Woolworths Financial Services; African Capital Property Portfolio; Peregrine; Peregrine IQ; Gwaing Property Development; National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency; and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.

ZYDA RYLANDS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS
Sam
Sam

SAM NGUMENI (51)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
BCOM, MBA, AMP

Chairman of the WHL Information Management Committee and member of the WHL Risk and Compliance Committee.

Sam has been with the WHL Group for 23 years, primarily in Financial Services and has more than 16 years retail credit experience. He was appointed as the Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2012 with functional responsibility for information technology, supply chain and logistics, sourcing and human resources across the WHL Group. In addition, he has responsibility for Insights & Analytics, Loyalty & CRM and Customer Service for the Australian Region and is responsible for Financial Services for the David Jones business.

He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Woolworths South Africa and the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Financial Services where he spearheaded the successful joint venture between Woolworths and Barclays (now ABSA). Sam was appointed to the WHL Board in 2014.

Other directorships and chairmanships include: Woolworths; David Jones; Country Road Group; and Chairman of Woolworths Financial Services and the Woolworths Trust.

SAM NGUMENI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Scott
Scott


SCOTT FYFE (45)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: COUNTRY ROAD
BA(HONS) MARKETING

Scott Fyfe is a highly experienced retailer with 20 years international experience at global market leader Marks & Spencer. At M&S, Scott worked in a variety of Director roles spanning buying, merchandising and sourcing. Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Country Road Group in January of 2017, Scott leads the group’s multi-channel portfolio of leading fashion and lifestyle brands including Country Road, Mimco, Politix, Trenery and Witchery.

SCOTT FYFE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: COUNTRY ROAD GROUP
Chantel
Chantel

CHANTEL REDDIAR (43)
GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY
BA, LLB, LLM, MBA

Member of the WHL Information Management Committee.

Chantel joined Woolworths in September 2016 as the Director: Governance, Risk and Compliance and Group Company Secretary. Chantel has 19 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer. Previously, Chantel was Group Company Secretary for Sun International Limited, and the Director: Corporate Services and Legal. Her responsibilities include oversight of corporate governance, compliance, legal and the Group’s risk functions.

Prior to Sun International, Chantel served as a Legal Advisor at Nissan South Africa, having completed her articles at Webber Wentzel Bowens.

CHANTEL REDDIAR
GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY
Ralph
Ralph
RALPH BUDDLE (52)
DIRECTOR: STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
CA(SA)

Member of Woolworths Holdings Executive Committee.

Ralph has over 25 years’ experience in retail and FMCG. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 and joined Woolworths as the Head of Corporate Finance in 2001. In 2015, he was appointed as the Director of Strategy and Business Development where his responsibilities include strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations.

RALPH BUDDLE
DIRECTOR: STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT