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Date of birth:
29 July 1934
Qualifications:

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

Titles:
  • Non-executive chairman of Altron, Bytes and Powertech
  • Non-executive director of Altron, Altech, Bytes, Bytes (UK) and Powertech, former chairman of the CSIR, and past director of AMIC Limited and Nedcor Bank Limited
  • Former member of the State President’s Economic Advisory Board
  • Member of the Altron nomination committee and remuneration committee


Experience

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.

Some 48 years devoted to entrepreneurial and managerial endeavours and initiatives in the electronics, telecommunications and power electrical industries, both in South Africa and the UK, firstly as electrical design engineer at GEC, then marketing manager at STC (SA) and thereafter founder and chief executive and latterly 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.

Awarded the Sunday Times Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, and the Minister of Technology Lifetime Achiever Award in 2009, in recognition of his significant contribution to technology development in South Africa.

Voted as one of the Top 5 Businessmen of the Year by the Sunday Times Business Times and South Africa’s “Marketing Man of the Year”. Awarded the SETA ITC Legend Award (2009) for his contribution to telecoms and electronics development in Southern Africa.

Joined the Altron board in 1980.

Date of birth:
26 October 1943
Qualifications:

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

Titles:
  • Lead independent director of Altron
  • Chairman of the Altron risk management committee
  • Member of the Altron audit committee and nomination committee

Experience

Retired banker and a director of AECI Limited, Imperial Holdings Limited and Woolworths Holdings Limited.

Joined the Altron board in 2002.

Date of birth:
7 May 1960
Qualifications:

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

Titles:
  • Chief executive of Altron
  • Non-executive director of Altech, Bytes and Powertech and various other group companies
  • Chairman of the Altron executive committee
  • Member of the Altron risk management 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).

23 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).

Joined the Altron board in 1997.

Date of birth:
30 May 1949
Titles:
  • Non-executive director of Altron
  • Member of the Altron nomination committee, remuneration committee and social and ethics committee
  • Non-executive director of Powertech

Experience

42 years' experience in the cable manufacturing industry and 20 years' experience in the electrical distribution industry. Myron was previously the chairman of Voltex Holdings, the chief executive of Bid Industrial & Commercial Products, as well as an executive director of the Bidvest Group Limited and numerous subsidiaries thereof. He was also a non-executive director of Amalgamated Appliance Holdings Limited.

Joined the Altron board in 1998.

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 risk management committee

Experience
Grant has had extensive work experience within 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-in-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, FirstRand 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
  • Chairman of the Altron nomination committee

Experience

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).

Attorney, notary and conveyancer. Visiting Scholar of Constitutional Law at Columbia University Law School (New York).

Currently an active partner at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys as well as a member of the executive committee at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys and a senior special adviser of Sasol Limited. He is also the deputy chairman of Sasol Oil (Pty) Limited and the Chairman of JSE-listed SAB Zenzele Holdings Limited.

Joined the Altron board in 2004.                      

Date of birth:
9 September 1966
Qualifications:

BCom (Wits); BAcc (Wits); CA(SA); MBA (Wits); AMP (Samford); AMP (Harvard)

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

Experience

Currently chairman of Batsomi Investment Holdings Limited. Past chief executive officer of The Road Accident Fund and Johnnic Holdings Limited. Prior to that he held various senior financial executive positions at Eskom, Teljoy and JCI. Qualified as a chartered accountant while serving his articles at Deloitte & Touche.

Major directorships include Thales SA and ARB Electrical Wholesalers (Pty) Ltd. Serves as a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Association of Black Accountants of South Africa.

Previous board memberships include Eskom Holdings Limited, MTN, M-Net, Multichoice, The Road Accident Fund, The Premier Group and Tsogo Casino.

Joined the Altron board in 2003.                      

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
  • Chairman of the Altron social and ethics 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.                      

Date of birth:
12 January 1969
Qualifications:

Bachelor of Law (Honours) (Edinburgh); CA

Titles:
  • Chief financial officer and financial director of Altron
  • Non-executive director of Altech, Bytes, Powertech and various other group companies
  • Member of the Altron executive committee and risk management 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:
1 May 1950
Titles:
  • Non-executive director of Altron
  • Member of the Altron risk management committee
  • Member of the Altron remuneration committee

Experience:  Simon has 42 years’ experience in retailing and is currently non-executive chairman of Woolworths South Africa, having recently retired after 10 years as chief executive of the Woolworths group.

Woolworths in South Africa and its subsidiary in Australia, Country Road, are the leading upmarket retailers and both are by-words for quality and value in their markets. They have passionate and loyal customer bases. Both companies have experienced considerable growth under the tenure of Simon’s leadership.

Simon holds numerous trusteeships and directorships outside of Woolworths and currently chairs the advisory board of Stellenbosch University’s Business School and the Board of Conservation South Africa. He is world president of IGDS, the largest international, departmental store grouping, based in Zurich. He also sits on the board of Trent, Mumbai which is the Tata Group’s major Indian retail arm.

Joined the Altron board in 2011.