Board of Directors

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

Leon Lourens (54)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

HND (Human Resources), BCom (Marketing)

 

Leon was appointed as group 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 Holdings at its listing on 20 September 2017. He has more than 28 years’ experience in retail, primarily from store operations in the discount sector of the market. Leon serves as a director on a number of subsidiary boards in the Pepkor group.

Member of the social and ethics committee

Riaan Hanekom (51)

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 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 administration 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 the Pepkor group in February 2016. Riaan serves as a director on a number of subsidiary boards in the Pepkor group.

Wendy Luhabe (63)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

BCom

 

Wendy was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 1 January 2019, and as chairman of the company on 1 December 2020. Wendy started her career in marketing 38 years ago and worked in the cosmetics and automotive sectors, which included working in Germany and the United States of America. 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 26 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. Wendy serves as chairman of Libstar Holdings Limited and as non-executive director of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA.

Chairman of the nomination committee

Member of the social and ethics committee

Member of the human resources and remuneration committee

Member of the audit and risk committee

Steve Müller (59)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

 

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 23 years.

Chairman of the human resources and remuneration committee

Member of the audit and risk committee

Fagmeedah Petersen-Cook (45)

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BBusSc (Act.Sc.), FIFoA, FASSA, PGDip (MgtPrac), CD(SA), IoDSA (Cert.Dir.)

 

Fagmeedah was appointed as an independent non-executive director on 16 April 2018. Fagmeedah is an actuary with 24 years’ technical experience in the financial services sector. Until 2016, she was the chief investment officer at the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF), where she was responsible for the investment of R120 billion. Fagmeedah was appointed 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 board of Telkom, where she chaired the investment committee while she was the acting CIO of the Eskom Pension Fund. She is an independent director of Absa Financial Services, chairs the investment committee of the Absa Pension Fund, and also serves as chairman of the Bankmed audit committee. As an actuary, Fagmeedah brings enterprise risk management skills and multigenerational planning techniques to the boardroom. She strongly believes in sustainability and was instrumental in developing the framework for the implementation of the UN PRI at both the GEPF and the EPPF, and now champions ESG principles at the various companies where she is involved. Fagmeedah is the FSCA-designated insurance director for the group.

Chairman of the social and ethics committee
Member of the audit and risk committee

Theodore de Klerk (50)

NON-EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

BCom (Hons), CTA, HDip (Tax), CFM

 

Theodore was appointed as a non-executive director on 28 May 2019. He 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 and 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. He was appointed financial director of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. on 1 September 2019. Theodore holds various directorships within the Steinhoff group and is also a director of the IEP Group.

Louis du Preez (51)

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. 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 on that committee until early 2017. While practising as an attorney, he advised clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters. Louis served on the board of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited from 1 October 2017 until 3 April 2019, 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 human resources and remuneration committee
Member of the nomination committee