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Date of birth: 
1 May 1950
  • 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.