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Directors

Board composition

Omnia Holdings has a unitary board structure, comprising a majority of non-executive directors independent of management. The board comprised 12 directors: 10 independent non-executive directors and two executive directors. The board as a whole selects and appoints new directors. Formal procedure is followed with all appointments, which are confirmed by shareholders at the following annual general meeting.

Group directorate

Independent Non-executive directors

Ralph Havenstein [photo]

Ralph Havenstein

Qualifications
BCom; MSc (Chem Eng)
Designation
Chairman
Date of appointment
6 November 2007 - Board
30 March 2011 - Social, ethics and risk committee
24 February 2017 - Remuneration and nominations committee
Board committee membership
Social, ethics and risk committee and remuneration and nominations committee
Significant JSE listed directorships
Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited
Number of non-significant unlisted directorships
2

Skills and expertise: Engineering, governance, risk management, strategy, chemicals and mining industry

Experience: Previously served as director of Anglo Platinum, Northam Platinum, Mintek and Sasol and on councils of Chamber of Mines and Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA).


Nick Binedell[photo]

Prof. Nick Binedell

Qualifications
BCom; MBA; PhD
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
24 February 2017 - Board

Skills and expertise: Business management, strategy, governance, finance

Experience: Nick was the founding Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) (1998 -2015).

He has been a board member of two listed companies and a member of a variety of international accreditation bodies for business schools. He lectures and consults in the area of strategic leadership.


Ronald Clifford Bowen [photo]

Ronnie Bowen

Qualifications
BSc (Hons)
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
28 September 2011 - Board
13 April 2017 - Audit committee
Board committee membership
Audit committee

Skills and expertise: Business management, strategy, global & local governance, Chemicals industry, finance

Experience: Former senior executive, managing speciality chemical businesses on 5 continents for Süd-Chemie AG, Germany for 30 years. He also worked for Ashland Chemicals Inc. of the United States. He has served on several boards, both locally and internationally, as managing director, executive director and chairman with joint-venture shareholders such as Sasol Limited, the Industrial Development Corporation, Central Energy Fund (CEF) Limited and PetroSA. He is a council member of a large global marketing consultancy and a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA).


George Cavaleros [photo]

George Cavaleros

Qualifications
CA(SA), CFA, ACIS, CIA, CISA, M.Com (Applied Risk Management)
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
5 August 2019 - Board
16 October 2019 – Remuneration and nominations committee
1 February 2021 - Audit committee (chair)
Board committee membership
Remuneration and nominations committee
Audit committee (chair)
Significant directorships
Accelerate Property Fund Limited
Sygnia Limited

Skills and expertise: External and internal audit, finance and accounting, risk management, controls, corporate governance

Experience: George retired from Deloitte during 2015 after a 30-year career with the firm. As a financial services industry partner, George provided audit and a variety of other professional services to clients including life insurance and re-insurance companies, asset managers, hedge funds and other finance entities. Currently, George serves as an independent non-executive director on the board of Accelerate Property Fund Limited, a listed real estate investment trust (REIT), where he is a member of the audit and risk, remuneration, and nominations committees.

George is also the lead independent non-executive director of a financial services group, Sygnia Limited, and chairs the group’s audit and risk committees.

Previously, George held audit committee leadership positions at a medical scheme and a leading South African university.


Tina Eboka [photo]

Tina Eboka

Qualifications
BSc (Industrial Eng, Textile Eng), MBA
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
25 February 2016 - Board
14 March 2018 - Audit committee
30 March 2021 - Social, ethics and risk committee
Board committee membership
Audit committee and social, ethics and risk committee
Significant directorships
TymeBank and TymeBank Holdings, Reunert Group
Number of non-significant directorships
3

Skills and expertise: Business turnaround management, strategy, engineering, corporate governance, change management, stakeholder management and corporate affairs.

Experience: Tina currently runs family investments in textile manufacturing, fashion design and communications. She was recently the Group Managing Director of NTP Radioisotopes (SOC) Limited, the commercial subsidiary of NECSA. She was the vice chair of the OECD-NEA committee of medical radioisotopes for two terms. Her work experience in private and public sectors includes banking, science/technology research, retail, and manufacturing sectors.

She is a recognized business turnaround leader who has served on the Group Executive committee of Standard Bank responsible for setting up group corporate affairs. Prior to that she was vice-president at CSIR; a senior manager in textiles and stakeholder management at Woolworths, and head of engineering in a manufacturing firm in the USA. Tina has previously served on other listed company boards.


Sizwe Welcome Mncwango [photo]

Sizwe Mncwango

Qualifications
BSc; MSc (Civ Eng); MBA
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
29 July 2010
Significant directorships
Shell Downstream South Africa, Sekelo Oil Trading, Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa (STISA) Oil Trading, Thebe Mining Resources, Empact Group
Number of non-significant directorships
6

Skills and expertise: Business management, engineering, governance and strategy

Experience: Sizwe is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Investment Corporation, one of the leading investment holding companies that came into being shortly before South Africa’s formal political transition to democracy. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Energy & Resources since 01 April 2015, a role he assumed after serving for two years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Energy Fund. The CEF is a state-owned SA entity focusing on oil, gas, coal, renewable and alternative primary energy sources.

Sizwe has served on numerous boards the past 17 years and brings along with him extensive experience in energy and energy related investments acquired over the last 30 years.


Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe [photo]

Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe

Qualifications
Diploma in Teaching (Swaziland), B.Sc (Swaziland), M.Sc (Loughborough UK), SEP (Harvard USA), MCRP (IMD Switzerland)
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
1 June 2018 - Board
1 August 2018 - Remuneration committee and nominations committee
Board committee membership
Remuneration and nominations committee (chair)
Significant directorships
Royal Bafokeng Platinum,
Old Mutual
Number of non-significant directorships
8

Skills and expertise: Business management, chemistry, information systems, strategy

Experience: Thoko holds a BSc and Teaching Diploma from Swaziland and a master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Loughborough University in the UK. She serves as an independent non-executive director on the boards of a number of JSE listed companies. In 2005 she was named finalist for IT Personality, winner of Top ICT Individual and winner of Top ICT Businesswoman in Africa. In 2007, she was named the Businesswoman of the year in the Corporate Category.


Willem Plaizier (Wim) [photo]

Willem (Wim) Plaizier

Qualifications
BSc, MBA, EMCCC
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
11 February 2019 - Board
 
30 March 2021 - Audit committee
Board committee membership
Audit committee

Skills and expertise: Business management, strategy, supply chain operations, chemicals & mining industry

Experience: Wim has over 35 years’ industry and strategic management consulting experience across predominantly the Chemicals, Energy, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Pulp & Paper and Metals & Mining sectors. He also brings significant international experience to the board, with more than 15 years in Africa. Among other roles during his career, Wim until end 2017 served as a Partner at Kearney where he was responsible for, inter alia, the African region and held multiple other management roles at regional and global level. He retired in 2017 after 21 years within the group and served from September 2018 till December 2019 as interim COO of African Parks, a nature conservancy. He is currently an independent advisor, coach, and interim manager.


Bernard Swanepoel [photo]

Bernard Swanepoel

Qualifications
BSc Mining Engineering; BCom Hons
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Date of appointment
1 October 2019 - Board
23 September 2020 - Social, ethics and risk committee (chair)
Board committee membership
Social, ethics and risk committee (chair)
Significant other directorships
Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, Zimplats Holdings Limited

Skills and expertise: Engineering, finance, business management, strategy

Experience: He began his career with Gengold in 1983, subsequent to which he was appointed as General Manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993. After joining Randgold & Exploration Company Limited as Managing Director of the Harmony mine in 1995, Bernard was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited in 1997, a role he held for ten years before launching To The Point Growth Specialists, which operates in the mining and resources sectors, specialising in identifying opportunities, unlocking value and driving growth.


Ronel van Dijk [photo]

Ronel van Dijk

Qualifications
CA(SA)
Designation
Independent non-executive director
Appointment to Board
1 May 2022
Appointment to committees
1 May 2022 – Audit Committee
Significant (JSE-listed) directorships
Adcorp Holdings Limited, Grand Parade Investments Ltd, Burger King South Africa
Number of non-significant (unlisted) directorships
 

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management

Experience: Ronel is a CA(SA), having obtained a BAcc (Hons) from the University of Stellenbosch and completing articles with Arthur Andersen, where she attained the role of audit manager. In 2003, she joined the Spur Corporation Limited as its Financial Manager, whereafter she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. After fifteen years with the Spur Corporation, Ronel decided to step away from corporate life and became a freelance consultant.


Executive directors and company secretary


Thanaseelan Gobalsamy (Seelan) [photo]

Seelan Gobalsamy

Qualifications
Chartered Accountant (SA) AMP (Harvard)
Designation
Chief Executive Officer
Date of appointment:
10 September 2018 - Board
Board committee membership
Social, ethics and risk committee
Significant directorships
Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited, Momentum Metropolitan Life Limited
Number of non-significant directorships
2

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions.

Experience: He is an accomplished, internationally experienced business leader, from the financial services sector. He has assumed senior leadership roles across Emerging Markets for close to 20 years including key leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. He served as Chief Executive of Emerging Markets for Liberty Holdings and previously the Group Chief Executive of STANLIB Group.

Prior to this he was Managing Director of Old Mutual Corporate.


Stephan Serfontein [photo]

Stephan Serfontein

Qualifications
Chartered Accountant (SA)
Designation
Group Finance Director
Date of appointment:
1 March 2020 - Board

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management, strategy.

Experience: He has been with Omnia Group for 10 years and successfully served as interim Financial Director since August 2019. He began his career at Deloitte Consulting and has 17 years of international finance experience in the manufacturing, chemicals, mining and agriculture industries. He has served on several boards, both locally and internationally, in an executive and non-executive capacity.


Michelle Nana [photo]

Michelle Nana

Qualifications
LLB, FCIS, BA (Industrial Psychology and Sociology), Certified Director of the Institute of Directors South Africa
Title
Group Company Secretary
Date of appointment
1 July 2018

Experience: 28 years in Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance, in both JSE-listed and unlisted companies. Sectors include telecommunications and construction.

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