DIRECTORS

Directors
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SIMON SUSMAN (67)
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 and TSiBA University and Education Trust.

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

IAN MOIR (58) (AUSTRALIAN)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MBA, MA (ECON)

Other directorships include: Woolworths, David Jones, Country Road Group, and Woolworths Holding (Mauritius) Limited.

Ian was appointed to the Board of Country Road Group in October 1998. He was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the company before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2000. He was previously Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Woolmark. He was appointed to the Board in January 2010 and was appointed the Group Chief Executive Officer in November 2010. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees. Ian is also the Chairman of the Woolworths, David Jones and Country Road Group boards.

IAN MOIR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

PATRICK ALLAWAY (56) (AUSTRALIAN)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BA LLB

Other directorships include: David Jones, Country Road Group, Metcash Limited, Fairfax Media, Giant Steps Endowment Fund, Chairman of Saltbush Capital Markets, Foenix Search and Domain Holdings Group.

Patrick has over 30 years of experience in the global financial industry. Previous senior executive and non-executive board representations include Lead Independent Director of Macquarie Goodman Group, Chairman of Duncan Solutions and Managing Director of SBC Warburg. He joined the Board in 2014. He is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Risk and Compliance Committees. Patrick is also the Chairman of the Audit, Remuneration and Risk Committees for David Jones and Country Road Group.

 

PATRICK ALLAWAY
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ZARINA BASSA (53)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CA(SA)

Other directorships include: Woolworths, Investec, Songhai Capital, Vodacom South Africa, Sun International, Oceana Group, Financial Services Board and Yebo Yethu.

Previous board roles include chairing the Public Accountants‘ and Auditors‘ Board, the Auditing Standards Board, the Accounting Standard Board, the JSE‘s GAAP Monitoring Panel, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants‘ and Vice President of ABASA and Lewis Group. Prior to joining ABSA in 2002 she was a partner at Ernst & Young. She joined the Board in 2011. She is the Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Zarina is also Chairman of Woolworths South Africa‘s Remuneration and Risk and Compliance Committees and member of the Audit Review Panel.

ZARINA BASSA
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TOM BOARDMAN (67)
LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CA(SA)

Other directorships include: Nedbank Private Wealth International, African Rainbow Minerals, Jumo World, Kinnevik AB, Athena Capital, Royal Bafokeng Holdings, Bain and Company Inc, Ubuntu-Botho Investments, Millicom International Cellular SA, The Peace Parks Foundation, The David Rattray Foundation, and other charitable foundations.

Tom was Chief Executive Officer of Nedbank Group Limited from December 2003 to February 2010. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of BoE Limited, one of South Africa‘s leading private and investment banking companies, which was acquired by Nedbank in 2002. He was the founding shareholder and Managing Director of retail houseware chain Boardmans. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Sam Newman Limited. He worked for the Anglo American Corporation for three years after serving his articles at Deloittes. He joined the Board in 2010. He is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees, a member of the Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees and Trustee of the Woolworths Holdings Share Trust.

 

TOM BOARDMAN
LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

HUBERT BRODY (53)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CA(SA)

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

Hubert Brody 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 sat as Chairman on a number of the Group‘s divisional and supervisory boards. He currently is non-executive Chairman of DG Capital. Hubert joined the Board in 2014. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee. Hubert is also the Chairman of the Woolworths Audit Review Panel and attends the Treasury Committee meetings.

 

HUBERT BRODY
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ANDREW HIGGINSON (60) (BRITISH)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BSC (HONS)

Other directorships include: WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc, Aston Service London, Cornthwaite Seven, Clearwater International and Goalcrave Limited.

Andrew held executive board positions in listed UK retail businesses for 22 years, 15 of those years 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. He is the Chairman of UK food retailer, Morrisons. He joined the Board in 2012. He is a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Risk and Compliance Committees.

 

ANDREW HIGGINSON
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GAIL KELLY (61) (AUSTRALIAN)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
BA AND HIGHER DIPLOMA OF EDUCATION, MBA

Other directorships include: UBS, Member of the McKinsey Advisory Council, Optus Advisory Committee, Plus Alliance Advisory Board, Bretton Woods Committee and the Australian Philantropic Services.

Gail‘s career in banking spanned 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group. Over the past 13 years, she served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia – St. George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail‘s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. Gail joined the Board in October 2015. She is a member of the Nominations, Remuneration, Risk and Compliance and Sustainability Committees.

 

GAIL KELLY
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NOMBULELO (PINKY) MOHOLI (57)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
B.Sc. ENGINEERING, SEP, SMMP

Other directorships include: Old Mutual Group Holdings, Old Mutual Life Holdings SA, Anglo American Platinum and Chairman of Nedbank‘s Eyethu Community Trust.

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. She is Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee and is a member of the Risk and Compliance, Remuneration and Sustainability Committees.

 

NOMBULELO MOHOLI
INDEPENDENT
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

REEZA ISAACS (48)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
CA(SA)

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

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 served as the lead partner for several of Ernst & Young‘s largest Cape Town clients, including Engen, Coronation, Woolworths, Metropolitan Life, Sanlam and Truworths. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

REEZA ISAACS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR

SAM NGUMENI (49)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
MBA, BCOM

Other directorships include: Woolworths, David Jones, Country Road Group, Woolworths Financial Services, Woolworths Trust and SA Rugby Executive Council

Sam was appointed as the Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2012. He is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Logistics. He has been with Woolworths for 13 years, mainly in Financial Services, and has more than 16 years of retail credit experience. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Financial Services, where he spearheaded the successful joint venture between Barclays Africa Group and Woolworths. Sam was appointed to the Board in 2014. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Woolworths Trust.

SAM NGUMENI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

ZYDA RYLANDS (52)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS
CA(SA)

Other directorships include: Woolworths, Woolworths Financial Services, Peregrine IQ, Gwaing Property Development, National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.

Zyda joined Woolworths in 1996 and worked in the finance and store operation teams. She was appointed the People and Transformation Director of Woolworths in 2005 and was appointed to the Board in August 2006. She was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer: Support Services in 2008. She serves as a trustee of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture. Zyda served as Chairperson of the Audit Committee for Parliamentary Services, as a non-executive director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths in September 2015. She is a member of the Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees.

ZYDA RYLANDS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS

CHANTEL REDDIAR (42)
GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY
BA, LLB, LLM, MBA

Chantel joined Woolworths in September 2016 as the Director: Governance, Risk and Compliance and Group Company Secretary. Chantel has 17 years‘ experience as a corporate lawyer. Previously, Chantel was Group Company Secretary Sun International Limited, a position she held since 2010, and the Director: Corporate Services and Legal. Her responsibilities included oversight of corporate governance, compliance, legal and socio-economic development 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

 

 

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IAN MOIR (58) (AUSTRALIAN)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MBA, MA (ECON)

Other directorships include: Woolworths, David Jones, Country Road Group, and Woolworths Holding (Mauritius) Limited.

Ian was appointed to the Board of Country Road Group in October 1998. He was formerly Chief Operating Officer of the company before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2000. He was previously Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Woolmark. He was appointed to the Board in January 2010 and was appointed the Group Chief Executive Officer in November 2010. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees. Ian is also the Chairman of the Woolworths, David Jones and Country Road Group boards.

 

IAN MOIR
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

REEZA ISAACS (48)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
CA(SA)

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

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 served as the lead partner for several of Ernst & Young‘s largest Cape Town clients, including Engen, Coronation, Woolworths, Metropolitan Life, Sanlam and Truworths. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee.

 

 

REEZA ISAACS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR

ZYDA RYLANDS (52)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS
CA(SA)

Other directorships include: Woolworths, Woolworths Financial Services, Peregrine IQ, Gwaing Property Development, National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention.

Zyda joined Woolworths in 1996 and worked in the finance and store operation teams. She was appointed the People and Transformation Director of Woolworths in 2005 and was appointed to the Board in August 2006. She was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer: Support Services in 2008. She serves as a trustee of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture. Zyda served as Chairperson of the Audit Committee for Parliamentary Services, as a non-executive director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths in September 2015. She is a member of the Risk and Compliance, Social and Ethics and Sustainability Committees.

 

ZYDA RYLANDS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: WOOLWORTHS

SAM NGUMENI (49)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
MBA, BCOM

Other directorships include: Woolworths, David Jones, Country Road Group, Woolworths Financial Services, Woolworths Trust and SA Rugby Executive Council

Sam was appointed as the Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2012. He is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Logistics. He has been with Woolworths for 13 years, mainly in Financial Services, and has more than 16 years of retail credit experience. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Financial Services, where he spearheaded the successful joint venture between Barclays Africa Group and Woolworths. Sam was appointed to the Board in 2014. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Woolworths Trust.

 

 

 

SAM NGUMENI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GROUP CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

DAVID THOMAS (41)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: DAVID JONES

David Thomas has nearly 20 years retail experience with leading lifestyle and fashion brands and 17 years with the WHL Group. David joined David Jones as the Chief Operating Officer in 2014, and was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2017, with responsibility for the operations and strategy of Australia’s leading department store. Prior to this, David was an integral member of the Country Road Group executive team, leading the business in a number of roles including Chief Operating Officer, Head of Premium Brands South Africa and Chief Financial Officer.

DAVID THOMAS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: DAVID JONES

SCOTT FYFE (44)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: COUNTRY ROAD GROUP

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 REDDIAR (42)
GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY
BA, LLB, LLM, MBA

Chantel joined Woolworths in September 2016 as the Director: Governance, Risk and Compliance and Group Company Secretary. Chantel has 17 years‘ experience as a corporate lawyer. Previously, Chantel was Group Company Secretary Sun International Limited, a position she held since 2010, and the Director: Corporate Services and Legal. Her responsibilities included oversight of corporate governance, compliance, legal and socio-economic development 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 BUDDLE
DIRECTOR: STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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