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Executive and investment

NG Brimacombe (Chairman)
DJ Crosson
E Tsatsarolakis
S Greeff

Meets formally monthly to review detailed operating performance of the company and assess capital allocation proposals in line with the board mandate.

Comprises four executive directors and the group commercial executive, by invitation. The group CEO is the chairperson and the group CFO the deputy chairperson.

The executive committee comprises the group's executive directors. It is responsible for the daily running of the group and regularly reviews current operations in detail, and develops strategy and policy proposals for submission to the board.

The CEO liaises on a regular basis with the CFO and other directors, with regard to matters concerning the daily running of the group to be raised at the committee meetings. The executive committee, which also acts as an investment committee, meets at least once a month, assists the CEO with the performance of his duties, and is responsible for inter alia:

  • developing strategy, operational plans, policies, procedures and budgets for consideration by the board;
  • implementing the group's strategy;
  • carrying out the board's mandates and directives;
  • the operational activities of the Taste Holdings group;
  • monitoring operational and financial performance against set objectives;
  • executing Taste Holdings' compliance and disclosure obligations; and
  • deciding on capital allocation across the group, including replacement and investment capital, based on proposals submitted by the divisions in terms of the board-agreed investment mandate.



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Taste Holdings - NEIL GRANT BRIMACOMBE (53)


BCom (Hons)

Appointed: 1 February 2018

Neil is a veteran of 29 years experience in FMCG having worked across Europe, Latam, 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, Latam and Western Europe on various projects. He moved to Tiger Brands Ltd in 1999 as Marketing Director of the Tiger Brands confectionery interests (Beacon Sweets & Chocolates) and thereafter was appointed Managing Director in 2001.

Neils 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 Ltd 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 UAC of Nigeria. He also served as a board member of the Chilean food company, Empresas Carozzi for 8 years. His last role within Tiger Brands before resigning to pursue a career opportunity in the Management Consulting & 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 & Ashton (Deciduous fruit canning), as well as having SA domestic responsibility for its Home, Personal and Babycare businesses.



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Chief Financial Officer
Member of the executive and investment committee
Member of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Appointed: September 2009

Evan qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001 after completing his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He left PwC and spent seven years with the JSE-listed Spur Group where he gained extensive experience within the food franchising industry having been exposed to the financial, operational and supply chain aspects of the business. He then served as Financial Director within a logistics group of companies. Evan joined Taste Holdings in April 2009 and was appointed to the board in September 2009 as Chief Financial Officer. Evan acts in a non-executive capacity to the management boards of the Food and Luxury Goods Divisions and is a member of the executive committee.



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BCompt (Hons)

Chief Excecutive Officer – Luxury Goods Division
Member of the executive 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 fastmoving 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 Limited 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’s 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 16 years. Duncan is a member of the executive committee and chairs the Luxury Goods Division management committee.