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Directorate

Date of birth:
26 October 1943
Qualifications:

BCom (Rhodes); MCom (Wits); FIBSA, FCMA; AMP (Harvard)

Titles:

 

  • Lead independent director of Altron (until 28 February 2017)
  • Chairman of Altron (with effect from 1 March 2017)
  • Chairman of the Altron nomination committee
  • Member of the Altron audit committee
  • Member of the Altron remuneration committee

 

Experience

  • Mike has many years’ experience in the banking industry (previously chief operating officer of Nedcor Bank Limited) and has held many directorships.
  • Independent non-executive director, Woolworths Holdings Limited (2004 to 2015)
  • Independent non-executive director, Imperial Holdings Limited (2002 to 2015)
  • Independent non-executive director, AECI Limited (2002 to 2014)
  • Executive director, Nedcor Bank Limited (1994 to 2002)
  • Executive director, Nedcor Limited (1999 to 2002)

 

Joined the Altron board in 2002.

Date of birth:
21 December 1964
Qualifications:

BSc Mechanical Engineering (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal).

Titles:

 

  • Chief Executive of Altron
  • Chairman of the Altron executive committee
  • Member of the Altron risk management committee
  • Member of the Altron investment committee
  • Member of the Altron social and ethics committee


Experience

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of Altron, Mr Nyati was the Chief Executive Officer at MTN SA from July 2015 until March 2017. In this role, Mr. Nyati was responsible for leveraging the Group's integrated ICT offerings and leading the group-wide enterprise and ICT strategy to enhance MTN's position in the enterprise segment.


Mr. Nyati served as Group Chief Enterprise Officer of MTN Group Limited from October 1, 2014. He joined MTN from Microsoft, where he served as General Manager for Middle East and Africa (MEA) Emerging Regions. He served as Head/Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa for Microsoft Corporation since 2008. 


Mr. Nyati had a 12-year career at IBM, where he served as a Director of Global Technology Services for South and Central Africa since June 2005. At IBM, he also served in a number of senior executive roles. He led three large business units at IBM- telecommunications, small and medium business. 


He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director at ADvTECH Ltd. from January 8, 2014 to August 3, 2015. 


Joined the Altron board on 1 April 2017.

Date of birth:
29 July 1934
Qualifications:

 DPhil (BusMan)  (UJ);  MPhil (BusMan)  (UJ – cum laude); MBA (Wales);  DCom (hc) (UP, UFS and UPE);  DSc (Eng) (hc) (Natal);  DEng (hc)  (Wits);  C Eng (UK);  and F.I.E.E. (UK).

Titles:

 

  • Non-executive director of Altron/Chairman Emeritus (from 1 March 2017)

 

Experience

Bill is a UK-qualified chartered engineer and founder of Altron, through Allied Electric in 1965 and recipient of the Order of Meritorious Service (Gold), as awarded by the State President of South Africa for his significant contribution to South Africa’s electronics and telecoms industries.

He has devoted some 52 years to entrepreneurial and managerial endeavours and initiatives in the electronics, telecommunications and power electrical industries, both in South Africa and the UK, firstly as an electrical design engineer at GEC, then marketing manager at STC (SA) and thereafter as founder, chief executive and later as chairman of the Altron group.

He has played an important role in developing the South African electronics and electrical industries into the key component of the national economy that it is today.

Previously, Bill was the chairman of the CSIR, director of AMIC Limited, Nedcor Bank Limited and director of the Export Council of South Africa as well as a member of the State President’s Economic Advisory committee

 

Joined the Altron board in 1980.

Date of birth:
7 May 1960
Qualifications:

BSc (Econ) (UCLA); MBA (UCLA) Dean’s List

Titles:

 

  • Non-Executive Director (with effect from 1 April 2017)
  • Chairman of the Altron risk management committee
  • Member of the Altron nomination committee
  • Member of the Altron remuneration committee
  • Member of the Altron investment committee


Experience

Four years' merchant banking experience in the United States, the latter part as Vice-President, Bear Stearns and Co. Inc (1987 to 1990).

27 years' experience in senior management positions in the Altron group (1990 to current), including chief executive officer of Aberdare Cables (1993 to 1996), chief executive officer of Powertech (1996 to 2001) before joining Altron as chief executive (2001 to current).

Chief Executive Officer of Aberdare Cables (1993 to 1996)

Chief Executive Officer of Powertech (1996 to 2001) before joining Altron as Chief Executive (2001 to 2017)

 

Joined the Altron board in 1997.

Date of birth:
12 January 1969
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) (Edinburgh); CA
Titles:

 

  • Chief financial officer and financial director of Altron
  • Member of the Altron executive committee
  • Member of the Altron risk management committee
  • Member of the Altron investment committee


Experience

14 years of experience in the accounting profession with PricewaterhouseCoopers, both in the UK and South Africa. Initially involved in auditing, later spending eight years in the transaction services/corporate finance fields. Seven years of financial management experience with the Altron group. Alex is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

 

Joined the Altron board in 2008.

Date of birth:
4 November 1958
Qualifications:

MPhil (Management Studies), Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), BCom (Hons), UCT, CA (SA)

Titles:

 

  • Non-executive director of Altron
  • Chairman of the Altron remuneration committee
  • Member of the Altron nomination committee

 

Experience

Antony’s notable business accomplishment was the founding (1990) and building of Brait, South Africa’s premier private equity business. It is regarded as being the pioneer of private equity in the region, and played an important role in bringing both domestic and international investors into the asset class. Brait restructured in 2011, in effect turning itself into a listed investment company, raising sufficient shareholder capital to sustain its investment programme. He transitioned to a non-executive position at Brait and exited by governance commitments in 2013.

In addition, Antony has had extensive experience in business building including: The Strategy Group (a 30-person unit at Deloitte); Rockwood, as well as investment skills and a wealth of board experience. Antony is the published author of “The Winning Way: Lessons from super-performing South African companies”.

 

Joined the Altron board on 9 March 2017.

Date of birth:
5 September 1964
Qualifications:

 BComm (Wits), BAcc, CA(SA)

Titles:

 

  • Non-executive director of Altron
  • Member of the Altron investment committee

 

Experience

Brett previous held senior positions within Dimension Data, 12 years of which as CEO of Dimension Data (2004 – 2016). Prior to working at Dimension Data, Brett held senior positions at Dimension Data North America and at Internet Solutions.

 

Joined the Altron board on 1 June 2017.

Date of birth:
5 December 1949
Qualifications:

CA (SA), B.Compt (Hons) (UNISA), BCom (UND) (Hons) (UNISA), H Dip Education (UNISA);
Dip Public Administration (Peninsula Technical College)

Titles:

 

  • Independent non-executive director of Altron
  • Chairman of the Altron audit committee
  • Member of the Altron remuneration committee
  • Member of the Altron nomination committee

 

Experience

Grant has had extensive work experience with Deloitte, which includes the following positions spanning over 26 years – chief executive (2006 – present), chief executive Human Capital Corporation (2004 – 2006), head of consulting and advisory services (2001 – 2006), partner-n-charge Pretoria office (1997 – 1999), national head of public sector (1995 – 1999), partner (1993 – 2012) and audit trainee and manager (1986 – 1993).

Prior to joining Deloitte, Grant was a high school teacher in Durban for six years.

Grant’s current board memberships include Santam Limited, FirsdRand Limited, Grindrod Limited, Eqstra Holdings Limited and MTN Zakhele Limited.

 

Joined the Altron board in 2012.

Date of birth:
29 December 1952
Qualifications:

Bluris (Unisa); LLB (Zimbabwe); LLM (Wits); HDip Tax Law (Wits); LLD (Unisa)

Titles:

 

  • Independent non-executive director of Altron
  • Member of the Altron nomination committee
  • Member of the Altron remuneration committee

 

Experience

Penuell is a former member of the ANC’s Constitutional Committee and National Executive Committee, former Deputy Minister of the Department of Home Affairs (1994 to 1996) and former Minister of the Departments of Minerals and Energy (1996 to 1999) and Justice and Constitutional Development (1999 to 2004). Penuell is an admitted attorney, notary and conveyancer.

Deputy chairman and partner, Bowman Gilfillan (present)

Currently, Penuell is a partner at and of the Bowman Gilfillan’s partnership board, as well as a non-executive director of Eland Platinum Holdings Limited, chairman of SAB Zenzele Holdings Limited and deputy chairman of Sasol Oil Proprietary Limited.

Joined the Altron board in 2004.    

                 

Date of birth:
30 October 1948
Qualifications:

BA (SocSci), UNIN; Programme in Strategic Transformation, Graduate School of Business (Stellenbosch)

Titles:

 

  • Independent non-executive director of Altron
  • Chairperson of the Altron social and ethics committee
  • Member of the Altron risk management committee


Experience

Dawn is one of South Africa's leading managers and businesswomen, with a highly successful and pioneering career spanning the public, private and parastatal sectors. Her talents and accomplishments were recognised in particular by her appointment as the first black woman to the management board of Eskom, as executive director in charge of growth and development. Prior to this, Dawn worked as a senior manager and senior general manager (human resources) for Eskom and as senior divisional health education manager for the Anglo American Corporation.

Dawn's talents and achievements have been widely recognised and acclaimed both locally and offshore. In 1993, she received the prestigious South African Businesswoman of the Year award. In 1994, she was honoured with an invitation to serve as one of the independent electoral commissioners who supervised the country's first democratic elections. In 1995, she was invited by the Minister of Safety and Security to serve as chairman of the high-powered promotions committee for the South African Police Service. In 1996, Dawn was nominated as the chairman of the UN Special Committee of Experts appointed to address the global issue of women and senior economic decision-making.

Her current board memberships include Engen Limited, Wesizwe Platinum Limited, Partnership Investments (Pty) Ltd, Sabvest (Pty) Ltd and Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Dawn was previously a non-executive director of Massmart Holdings Limited.

 

Joined the Altron board in 2008.