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Adriaan De Lange [photo]

Adriaan Jacques de Lange

Age
41
Qualifications
BCompt (Hons) CTA; Chartered Accountant (SA)
Designation
Group managing director
Date appointed to board
1 June 2017
Board committee memberships
Social, ethics and risk committee
Significant directorships
Chairman of the Fertilizer Association of Southern Africa (FERTASA)

Experience: He joined the Group in 2003 as financial controller for BME and was promoted to financial manager, where he played an important part in developing and implementing the mining division’s business strategy. In 2007 he was transferred to Omnia Fertilizer as financial manager and was soon thereafter promoted to financial director of Omnia Fertilizer. He thereafter held various positions in Omnia Fertilizer, including the position of director: Supply Chain, before he was appointed as managing director of Omnia Fertilizer: RSA in 2012. He was appointed as Group managing director with effect from 1 June 2017.


Wayne Koonin [photo]

Wayne Koonin

Age
47
Qualifications
B.Com; B.Acc; Chartered Accountant (SA)
Title
Group finance director
Date appointed to board
1 August 2014
Significant directorships
None

Experience: He has extensive international experience at CFO/Financial director level, having worked for various Canadian, British, Swiss and South African mining companies with listings on the AIM, ASX, JSE, NASDAQ and TSX exchanges. This provided him with exposure to various international regulatory issues, reporting standards and transactions. Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) South Africa Awards and winner of the Finance and Technology category 2017.


Khabo Ramoupi [photo]

Khabo Ramoupi

Age
50
Qualifications
BA Psychology, Post Grad Dip Industrial Relations
Title
Group human resources director
Date of appointment
1 May 2013

Experience: She has more than 20 years of experience in people management and development, transformation and BBBEE implementation, talent management and organisational development. She has held senior executive roles during the past 10 years in private and public organisations including state-owned entities as well as consulting, manufacturing and chemicals firms.


Kavita Pema [photo]

Kavita Pema

Age
48
Qualifications
MSc (Environmental Management)
Title
Group Executive: Sustainability
Date of appointment
1 February 2018

Experience: She has in excess of 20 years of experience in Integrated Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Sustainability Management, ESG Management and Project Management. She joined Omnia Group in 2013 as the General Manager for Group SHERQ and has held this position until her promotion to Group Executive: Sustainability in 2018.


Lennon Phillip [photo]

Lennon Phillip

Age
43
Qualifications
BA LLB (Natal) Hdip Company Law and Executive Development Program (Wits)
Title
General Counsel
Date of appointment
1 July 2017

Experience:He is an admitted attorney with 18 years post articles experience. He has extensive in-house counsel experience having led legal departments in the petrochemical, manufacturing and science and innovation industries as well as across Middle East Africa.


Joseph Keenan [photo]

Joseph Keenan

Age
47
Qualifications
BSc (Geology); MBA
Title
Managing director: BME
Date of appointment
1 September 2015

Experience:He has more than 20 years experience in the global explosive industry with 10 years at senior management level. He has worked in the United States, Australia and Latin America as an executive in the electricity and oil and gas industries. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.


Khabo Ramoupi [photo]

Michael Smith

Age
49
Qualifications
BSc (Chem Eng); MBA
Title
Managing director: Protea Mining Chemicals
Date of appointment
1 April 2016

Experience: He has in excess of 25 years experience in the petrochemical and mining industries in a variety of technical, sales, marketing and management positions. He joined Protea Mining Chemicals in 2006 and held the position of commercial director until his promotion to managing director in 2016.


Jacque De Villiers [photo]

Jacques De Villiers

Age
39
Qualifications
BSc (Chem Eng); MBA
Title
Managing director: Omnia Fertilizer
Date of appointment
1 June 2017

Experience: He joined Omnia in 2001 as a mechanical engineer in Sasolburg. He was later transferred to Rustenburg to serve as Technical Manager on the phosphoric acid plant. In 2006, he joined the Omnia Group Projects team and acted as Project Manager for the construction of the nitrates complex at Sasolburg. In 2015 he was appointed as General Manager: Supply Chain for Fertilizer. He was appointed as managing director of Omnia Fertilizer on 1 June 2017.


Khabo Ramoupi [photo]

Martin Kearns

Age
65
Qualifications
BSc Agriculture
Title
Managing director: Protea Chemicals
Date of appointment
1 April 2016

Experience: Involved in the Mining and Agriculture Industries for more than 40 years, working in the agriculture industry in the United Kingdom before joining the chemical industry in 1980. Headed the start-up of Protea Mining Chemicals business in Africa and developing Protea Process® as a key supply model to the mining sector. Managing director of Protea Mining Chemicals, for 13 years until 31 March 2016. Extensive knowledge of the chemical industry across Africa, Europe, China USA. He was appointed as managing director of Protea Chemicals on 1 April 2016.


Jan Vermaak [photo]

Jan Vermaak

Age
48
Qualifications
B Eng (Chemical Engineering)
Title
Managing director: Omnia Fertilizer International
Date of appointment
1 February 2012

Experience: Graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1992 and started my career with Sasol Limited, holding various technical and production positions at Sastech and Natref. Joined Omnia in February 2001 as technical manager at the Sasolburg factory. Thereafter promoted to Planning and Procurement manager in 2003. Joined the Omnia Fertilizer board in 2006 as Production and Procurement director. In 2010 changed portfolio to International and Specialities director and promoted to Managing director: International, and Business Development in February 2012.