Board of Directors

Pepkor is led by a highly experienced, committed and passionate leadership team.

Leon Lourens (52)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BCom (Marketing)

 

Leon was appointed as chief executive officer on 6 December 2017. He completed a Higher National Diploma in Human Resources in 1987 before attaining a BCom degree in Marketing (Unisa) in 1994. He joined PEP in 1990. In 2000, he joined the supermarket group Panda in the Middle East as head of operations before returning to PEP in 2002. He was appointed as operations director in 2004 and became managing director of PEP SA in 2011. In 2016, Leon was appointed as Group MD: Pepkor Africa and he became chief operating officer of Pepkor at its listing on 20 September 2017. He has more than 27 years’ experience in retail with most of it stemming from store operations in the discount sector of the market.

Member of the social and ethics committee

Riaan Hanekom (49)

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

BAcc, BCom Hons (Acc) CA(SA)

 

Riaan was appointed as group chief financial officer on 18 August 2017. He completed his articles with Ernst & Young Inc. in 1995, whereafter he spent six years with Shoprite as a financial manager. He joined Woolworths in 2001, and was the Woolworths Retail Operations Group head of finance and admin when he joined the Pepkor group in 2006, as commercial director of Shoe City. He became the commercial director of Ackermans in 2008, and financial director of Ackermans in 2009. He was appointed as the group financial director of Pepkor Holdings in February 2016. Riaan also serves as a director on a number of subsidiary boards in the Pepkor group.

Jayendra Naidoo (58)

NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

B.Proc

 

Jayendra was appointed as chairman on 18 August 2017. As a full-time trade unionist in his youth, he played a significant role in the negotiation of the National Peace Accord in 1991, as well as in the establishment of a network of peace committees throughout South Africa. In 1995, he became the first executive director of NEDLAC, serving until 1998. In 2000, he co-founded the J&J Group and is the founder of the Lancaster Group. Jayendra has served on several committees and boards, including the board of Pepkor Holdings Proprietary Limited between 2003 and 2011. In 1997, Jayendra was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.

Chairman of the nomination committee
Member of the human resources and remuneration committee

Johann Cilliers (59)

LEAD INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BAcc (Cum laude), BAcc Hons, CA(SA)

 

Johann was appointed as an independent non-executive director and as a member of the audit and risk committee on 18 August 2017. He was subsequently appointed to the nomination committee on 10 January 2018. Johann completed his articles at PwC in 1988, following which he was appointed as financial director of Hicor Limited. In 1990, he joined Langeberg Foods Limited as group financial manager, serving on the board of that company from 1991 to 1998 as financial director. In 1998, Johann joined the Pepkor group as operations director of PEP SA and as an executive director. In 2004, he was appointed as an executive director of Pepkor Retail Limited and, until 2011, served on the group executive committee of Pepkor Retail Limited in various capacities. In 2011, he relinquished his executive role within the Pepkor group and was appointed as a non-executive director of Pepkor Holdings Proprietary Limited, which non-executive position he held until the acquisition of the Pepkor group by Steinhoff in 2015. Johann currently manages various private investments.

Chairman of the audit and risk committee
Member of the nomination committee

Mark Harris (59)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BSc

 

Mark was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 30 July 2018. Mark has led and transformed organisations of varying sizes through his leadership. The strategic competencies Mark offers are invaluable to any organisation aiming to achieve objectives of growth and innovation in an increasingly competitive environment. Mark brings a broad range of business competencies, including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, innovation, technology and digitisation, which are crucial in the modern digital revolution. His experience spans over 35 years and across a large number of industries and geographies, including Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East as an IBM Vice President. Mark has served on a number of boards in South Africa and internationally and was the president of the American Chamber of Commerce and chairman of a number of NGOs.

Member of the human resources and remuneration committee

Wendy Luhabe (61)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BCom

 

Wendy started her career in marketing 37 years ago and worked in the cosmetics and automotive sectors, including in Germany and the US. She graduated with a BCom in 1981 and currently has a portfolio of interests that includes investments in education and infrastructure development. Wendy has been a pioneer in social entrepreneurship over the past 25 years and has been involved in human capital development, the economic empowerment of women, and mentorship of younger generations. She pioneered the founding of WIPHOLD, WPEF and more recently, WINDE. Wendy is passionate about education, leadership, economic justice and mentorship. She has served as a non-executive director/chairman of companies across diverse industries since 1992. She is a recipient of four Honorary Doctorates for her contribution to the empowerment of women in various sectors of the economy. Wendy was the founding Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.

Member of the social and ethics committee

Steve Müller (57)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BAcc (Hons), CA(SA), Sanlam EDP

 

Steve was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 18 August 2017. Steve worked at KPMG until 1992, after which he worked as a senior manager at Rand Merchant Bank Limited until 1994. In 1995, he joined Genbel Investments Limited, inter alia as an executive director of Gensec Bank Limited, heading the Investment Banking division from 1999 to 2004. From 2004 to 2008, he managed various structured equity funds for Sanlam Capital Markets. He has been appointed as a non-executive director on the boards of several companies. Steve was appointed as an independent non-executive director of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited in 2012. He has chaired or served on the audit and risk committees and the human resources and remuneration committees of several companies over the last 22 years.

Chairman of the human resources and remuneration committee

Member of the audit and risk committee

Fagmeedah Petersen-Cook (43)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BBusSc (act.sc.), FIA, FASSA, PGDip (MgtPrac), IoDSA (Cert.Dir.), FPI

 

Fagmeedah was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 16 April 2018. Fagmeedah is an actuary with 21 years of technical experience in the pensions and investments industry. Until 2015, she was the chief investment officer at the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, where she was responsible for the investment of R120 billion. Fagmeedah was first appointed by former finance minister, Trevor Manuel, to the board of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), to bring her expertise to the oversight of the investment activity of the PIC. In 2012, she was appointed as member of the clean-up board of Telkom, where she chaired the investment committee while she was the acting CIO of Eskom Pension Fund. She is also an independent director of Absa Financial Services and Medical Specialist Holdings, as well as chairman of the Bankmed audit committee, among others. As an actuary, she brings enterprise risk management skills and multi-generational planning techniques to the boardroom. Fagmeedah, an avid cricket enthusiast, is the lead independent director of the Western Province Cricket Association.

Chairman of the social and ethics committee

Member of the audit and risk committee

Theo de Klerk (48)

NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

Theo was appointed as a non-executive director on 28 May 2019. He is the operational director at Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. (Steinhoff). Theo completed his articles with Ernst & Young and worked as a corporate tax consultant for four years. He joined Murray & Roberts as financial director of its marine construction operation. He spent five years with Gensec Investment Bank as part of its corporate finance advisory unit, focusing on mergers & acquisitions, capital raisings and related structuring functions. In 2003, he joined Steinhoff, and in 2008 he was appointed chief executive officer of the group’s southern African building materials division, a position he held until 2015. In addition to his role as operational director at Steinhoff, he holds various directorships within Steinhoff and is also a director of the IEP Group.

Philip Dieperink (62)

NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

BCom (Hons), CTA, CA(SA), HDip Tax

 

Philip earned his honours degree in accountancy at the University of Pretoria. He joined Deloitte & Touche in 1980, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981. He transferred to the tax division, specialising in corporate and international tax planning, and became a tax partner in 1987. After leaving Deloitte, he joined Unitrans Limited as chief financial officer and helped to develop the strategic direction and growth of the Unitrans group over 10 years, until 2007, when Unitrans was purchased by the Steinhoff group. In September 2007, he relocated to the United Kingdom to assume the position of chief financial officer of Steinhoff UK Holdings Limited. He holds several other appointments within the Steinhoff group of companies and currently serves on the board of directors of Steinhoff Asia Pacific Limited and Cofel. Philip was appointed as chief financial officer and member of the management board of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. on 20 April 2018.

Louis du Preez (49)

NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

BCom, LLB

 

Louis was appointed as a non-executive director on 24 January 2018. He qualified as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1997, after completing his articles. Louis joined Jan S de Villiers and was appointed a partner of the firm in 1998. With the merger of Werksmans Attorneys in 2009, he became a member of the national executive committee of the combined firm and served as such until early 2017. While practising as an attorney, he advised clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters. Louis was appointed to the board of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited on 1 October 2017, as a non-executive director. He joined the Steinhoff group as general counsel in mid-2017, was appointed as the commercial director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. on 19 December 2017 and as chief executive officer of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. with effect from 1 January 2019.

Member of the nomination committee
Member of the human resources and remuneration committee

Jacob Wiese (38)

NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

BA (Stellenbosch), MA International Economics & Management (Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy), LLB (UCT)

 

Jacob was appointed as a non-executive director on 18 August 2017. After completing his LLB at UCT in 2008 and his pupillage at the Cape Bar, Jacob was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 2009. He joined the investment committee of the Titan Group in 2010. Jacob is an independent non-executive director of Fairvest Property Holdings Limited and serves on the boards of various publicly listed companies and is also an alternate and/or non-executive director of Shoprite Holdings, Invicta Holdings and Tradehold. Jacob is also extensively involved in the management of Lourensford Wine Estate.