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BOARD OF
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The board of directors meets a minimum of three times a year and met four times in the period between 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019. Additional meetings are convened as necessary. In additi on, the CEO and CFO meet with board members at least three times a year outside of the formal board meetings. Board packs are distributed prior to the meetings 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 board comprises five non-executive directors, three of which are independent, and three executive directors. The chairman is an independent non-executive director.

The chairman and nominations committee 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.

The chairman encourages constructive debate and discussion within the board through a culture of openness and constructive challenge.

Board members are accountable to shareholders and 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. Directors are able to take independent advice (at the company’s expense and after following an appropriate procedure) to ensure proper execution of their responsibilities.

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 (48)

BSc Eng Elec

Independent non-executive Chairman
Chairman of nominations and member of remuneration committees
Member of audit and risk 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 - TYRONE MOODLEY

TYRONE CHRISTIE MOODLEY

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Taste Holdings - TYRONE MOODLEY

TYRONE CHRISTIE MOODLEY (33)

BCom
Non-executi ve director
Appointed: October 2016

Tyrone is a co-founder of Midbrook Lane Proprietary Limited (“Midbrook”), a private investment company and is Senior Advisor to Protea Asset Management LLC, an investment advisor based in the United States. His career began at Sasfi n Securiti es 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 Constanti a Insurance Company Limited, Constanti a Life & Health Assurance Company Limited and Constanti a Life Limited. Tyrone was appointed as a board member at Taste Holdings in October 2016 and as CEO for Taste Holdings in February 2018 before he handed over the reigns to Dylan Pienaar in March 2019. Tyrone was then appointed as a non-executive director of Taste Holdings.

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Taste Holdings - LEO CHOU

LEO CHIH HAO CHOU

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Taste Holdings - LEO CHOU

LEO CHIH HAO CHOU (38)

BCom

Independent non-executive director
Member of the remunerati on committee
Member of the audit and risk committee
Member of the social, ethics and transformati on committee
Appointed: February 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 (35)

CA(SA), BAC, MBA
Independent non-executive director
Chairperson of the audit and risk committee
Member of the remuneration and nominations committees
Member of the social, ethics and transformati on 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 Properti es, 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 (45)

MBA, BBA, CPA
Chairman of the social, ethics and transformation committee
Member of the remuneration and nominations committees
Appointed: February 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 - DYLAN PIENAAR (40)

DYLAN PIENAAR

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Taste Holdings - DYLAN PIENAAR (40)

DYLAN PIENAAR (40)

BCompt Hons (UCT), CA (SA), ACMA, CGMA

Chief Executive Officer
Member of the executive and investment committee
Appointed: March 2018

Dylan is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of the Management Accountants (United Kingdom).

Prior to joining Taste Holdings, Dylan spent 10 years at Grand Parade Investments Limited (GPI) predominantly as their CFO and more recently as the CEO of their food division. At GPI, Dylan was part of the executive team that acquired and launched a number of international food brands in South Africa, most notably Burger King and Dunkin Donuts.

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Taste Holdings - DUNCAN CROSSON

DUNCAN CROSSON

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Taste Holdings - DUNCAN CROSSON (50)

DUNCAN JOHN CROSSON (53)

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 acquisiti on 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 19 years. Duncan is a member of the executive and investment committee and chairs the Luxury Goods Division management committee.

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Taste Holdings - HANNES VAN EEDEN (47)

HANNES VAN EEDEN

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Taste Holdings - HANNES VAN EEDEN (47)

HANNES VAN EEDEN (47)

CA (SA)

Chief Financial Officer
Member of the executive and investment committee
Appointed: January 2019

Hannes is a qualified Chartered Accounted and is an experienced CFO with a strong track record in implementing financial best practice and systems at companies such as Strate and Mix Telematics.
In the past 25 years, Hannes held various positions which include being CFO, Financial Director, Company Secretary and Head of Finance.

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