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BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

 

Meets a minimum of three times a year and met five times in 2017/2018. It also convenes additional meetings as necessary. As at the reporting date, the board comprised five non-executive directors, four of which are independent, and three executive directors. The chairman is an independent non-executive director.

The chairperson ensures the overall effectiveness of the board and its committees; that the board provides effective leadership, maintains ethical standards and is responsible, accountable, fair and transparent; and that strategies are developed and implemented with the objective of achieving sustainable economic, social and environmental performance.

To achieve this, he encourages constructive debate and discussion within the board through a culture of openness and constructive challenge. He makes himself available to shareholders for discussion on corporate governance matters and matters of concern.

Board members are accountable to shareholders and they owe a duty of care and diligence to the company. They act in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. To fulfil their role, board members participate in rigorous and constructive debate and discussion. The board is responsible for:

  • strategy, strategic decision-making and execution;
  • governing the company on behalf of its shareholders;
  • engaging with stakeholders;
  • Taste Holdings’ approach to corporate citizenship, safety, health, the environment, ethics and risk;
  • its own governance, including the rotation of directors, training of directors, conflicts of interest and the appointment of directors;
  • monitoring and assessing Taste Holdings’ reputation in the marketplace; and
  • establishing the framework within which capital is allocated.

 

 

  NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Taste Holdings - GRANT PATTISON

GRANT PATTISON

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Taste Holdings - GRANT PATTISON (45)

GRANT MICHAEL PATTISON (47)

BSc Eng Elec

Independent Non-executive Chairman
Chairman of the nominations committee
Member of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Appointed: March 2014

Grant is currently Chief Executive Officer of Edcon, South Africa's largest non-food retailer. He also sits on the boards of various private companies. Prior to establishing Gpam Proprietary Limited in October 2014, he was with South African retailer Massmart Holdings Limited for 17 years, the last seven of which as Chief Executive Officer.

Grant graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1992 with a first class BSc Honours degree in Heavy Current Electrical Engineering.

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Taste Holdings - NEIL GRANT BRIMACOMBE

NEIL GRANT BRIMACOMBE

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Taste Holdings - NEIL GRANT BRIMACOMBE (53)

NEIL GRANT BRIMACOMBE (54)

BCom (Hons), MBL

Chairman of the remuneration committee
Member of the audit and risk committee
Member of the nomination's committee
Member of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Appointed: January 2018

Neil is a veteran of 29 years' experience in FMCG having worked across Europe, Latin America and Africa in various strategic and operational roles. He commenced his career with Unilever as a graduate trainee, moving through various marketing and sales positions before ending up as Laundry Category head for the Africa business group. During this period Neil was a member of the Global Laundry business team and worked extensively across Africa, Latin America and Western Europe on various projects. He moved to Tiger Brands Limited in 1999 as Marketing Director of the Tiger Brands confectionery interests (Beacon Sweets & Chocolates) and thereafter was appointed Managing Director in 2001.

Neil’s portfolio was further expanded to include Beverages, Dairy and Value Added meats, and he was subsequently appointed to the Tiger Brands executive committee in 2005 and then as an executive director to the Tiger Brands Limited board in 2008. Neil was Chairman of Tiger Brands Cameroon, as well as serving as a non-executive board member of Tiger Brands operations in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the United Africa Company ("UAC") of Nigeria. He also served as a board member of the Chilean food company, Empresas Carozzi for eight years. His last role within Tiger Brands before resigning to pursue a career opportunity in the Management Consulting and Strategic advisory space, was Business Executive of Tiger Brands International, having executive responsibility for its operations in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, UAC Nigeria, as well as executive responsibility for Tiger Brands exports, Langeberg and Ashton (Deciduous fruit canning), as well as having SA domestic responsibility for its Home, Personal and Babycare businesses.

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Taste Holdings - LEO CHOU

LEO CHOU

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Taste Holdings - LEO CHOU

LEO CHOU (37)

BCom

Member of the remuneration committee
Member of the audit and risk committee
Appointed: January 2018

Leo is the executive chairman of Sygma Investment & Consulting Proprietary Limited, a private investment company based in Cape Town with holdings in international brand distribution, retail, niche logistics and investments in marketable securities and treasury management.

Leo previously served as Chairman and CEO of Snowball Wealth, a privately held investment company, which was sold to Conduit Capital Limited. Leo obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Conduit Capital Limited.

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Taste Holdings - NONZUKISO (ZUKIE) SIYOTULA

NONZUKISO (ZUKIE) SIYOTULA

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Taste Holdings - NONZUKISO (ZUKIE) SIYOTULA

NONZUKISO (ZUKIE) SIYOTULA (34)

CA(SA), BAC, MBA
Chairman of the audit and risk committee
Member of the remunerations and nominations committee
Member of the social and ethics committee
Appointed: January 2018

Zukie was previously the Chief Executive Officer for Thebe Capital. She has previously held senior roles at Barclays and Old Mutual. She serves on a number of boards, including Growthpoint Properties, African Phoenix Investments and Stangen. She previously served on the boards of Shell SA, Safripol, Altech Netstar, Vodacom, Combined Motor Holdings, Compass Group, JLT Insurance, Thebe Unico and Thebe Energy. She has diverse professional experience in areas such as finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, strategy, restructuring, investment management, business development, sales and distribution.

Zukie is a chartered accountant (SA) and a chartered management accountant (UK), who was ranked top student in South Africa on completion. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Witwatersrand University and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She has completed executive programmes from Harvard, Insead and Oxford and won many industry awards.

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Taste Holdings - ADRIAN JOHN MAIZEY

ADRIAN JOHN MAIZEY

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Taste Holdings - ADRIAN JOHN MAIZEY

ADRIAN JOHN MAIZEY (44)

MBA, BBA, CPA
Chairman of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Member of the remuneration and nominations committees
Appointed: January 2018

Adrian is a partner at Protea Asset Management LLC, a private investment adviser based in the United States. He has extensive experience in managing investment partnerships focused on controlling ownership stakes in both private and public companies. Adrian is responsible for sourcing capital and investment opportunities, providing guidance to portfolio companies, evaluating and monitoring investments, and is also responsible for Protea’s financial, legal, regulatory, marketing and tax activities. Before joining Protea, Adrian was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Leonard Green & Partners, LP, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm known for partnering with experienced management teams and founders to invest in market-leading companies, including in the restaurant, retail, luxury goods, and consumer services sectors. Prior to that, he was a partner at Redbird Capital Partners LLC, a New York City-based private equity firm. Adrian also formerly held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of ESL Investments, Inc., a value investment fund well-known for its investments in the retail sector, and he was the CEO and founder of Rand Group, LLC which provided a full spectrum of support and advisory services to investment partnerships. Adrian was Chief Financial Officer of MotherRock LP, an energy derivatives investment partnership. Prior to that, Adrian spent a decade with Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving primarily the investment management and energy industries as a management consultant and member of Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services, Corporate Finance and Energy Trading Risk management practices. Adrian holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (2003), a bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction (accounting major) from the University of Nebraska (1996), and attended the University of Pretoria in 1992. Adrian is a Certified public accountant and currently serves as a non-executive director of Conduit Capital Limited, a JSE-listed investment holding company.

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  EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Taste Holdings - TYRONE MOODLEY

TYRONE MOODLEY

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Taste Holdings - TYRONE MOODLEY

TYRONE MOODLEY (32)

BCom
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the executive and investment committee
Member of the remuneration and nominations committees
Member of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Appointed: October 2016

Tyrone is a co-founder of Midbrook Lane Proprietary Limited ("Midbrook"), a private investment company and is Senior Adviser to Protea Asset Management LLC, an investment adviser based in the United States. His career began at Sasfin Securities before leaving to start at Midbrook.

Tyrone obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg. He is also a non-executive director of Constantia Insurance Company Limited, Constantia Life & Health Assurance Company Limited and Constantia Life Limited. Tyrone was appointed as a board member at Taste Holdings in October 2016 and as CEO for Taste Holdings in February 2018.

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Taste Holdings - DUNCAN CROSSON

DUNCAN CROSSON

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Taste Holdings - DUNCAN CROSSON (50)

DUNCAN JOHN CROSSON (52)

BCompt (Hons)

Chief Excecutive Officer – Luxury Goods Division
Member of the executive and investment committee
Appointed: November 2000

Duncan obtained his BCompt (Hons) while serving articles with Morrison Murray in Durban. Duncan gained valuable experience in a manufacturing and distribution environment servicing the retail and fast-moving consumer goods industry. Duncan progressed to Chief Financial Officer and shareholder of the group of companies. Duncan joined Scooters Pizza in 2000 and has been a member of the board of directors of Scooters Pizza since 2001 and Taste Holdings since inception. Duncan was appointed Chief Operating Officer of NWJ Fine Jewellery in September 2009 and, subsequently, Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. Following the acquisition of Arthur Kaplan in December 2014, Duncan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Taste Holdings Luxury Goods Division. Duncan was appointed to the board of the Jewellery Council of South Africa in April 2011 and has served on the Jewellery Council’s executive committee from February 2012 to 2014. Duncan has been instrumental in the successful management and control of the significant growth of the group over the past 18 years. Duncan is a member of the executive committee and chairs the Luxury Goods Division management committee.

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