Group Executive Committee

André de Ruyter
Chief Executive Officer
MBA (Nyenrode University), LLB (UNISA), Bachelor of Civil Law and a BA (University of Pretoria)
André was Sasol’s Senior Group Executive for Global Chemicals and North America Operations for a little over three years. Prior to this he was the Managing Director for Sasol O&S and responsible for managing Group Strategy for Sasol.

He joined Nampak as Executive Director effective 1 January 2014 and will took over as CEO in March.

Philip de Weerdt
Group Executive: Rigid Plastics and Flexibles
BSc Eng; MBA; SEP (Stanford)
Philip joined Metal Box in 1980 and held various technical positions at Vanderbijpark where he became general manager of the Foodcan operation. In 1990 he was appointed managing director of Foodcan and in 1997 managing director of Cartons and Labels (previously known as Printpak). In 2000 he took responsibility for all the group’s rigid plastics businesses outside of Europe.  In 2014, he assumed responsibility for Flexibles.

Gareth Griffiths
Chief Financial Officer
BCom (Rhodes); BCompt (Hons) (Unisa); CA (SA)
Gareth qualified as a chartered accountant after serving articles at Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG). He went on to hold senior executive positions in Rennies and then the Bidvest group. More recently he was the chief financial officer of South African Airways and of the Abu Dhabi Airport Company. He joined Nampak as CFO in September 2009

Rob Morris  
Group Executive: Rest of Africa and Glass
Pr Eng; BSc Eng (Chem); BCom (Hons)
After qualifying with a degree in chemical engineering, Rob joined Unilever in 1986. He held various positions at Unilever in both South Africa and Europe before joining Nampak in 1996 as general manager of the Cartons and Labels (previously known as Printpak) Gauteng operations. In 1999 he was appointed general manager of the Cartons and Labels Cape Region and then in 2000 became managing director of the Cartons and Labels division. In 2003 he was appointed director Africa responsible for several paper divisions and then in 2008 appointed group executive responsible for the Paper and Flexibles operations (excluding Tissue). In 2014 he was given responsibility for Glass and driving existing business and growth in the rest of Africa excluding Bevcan.

Ephraim Msane
Group Executive: Paper
BSc Eng (Chem)
Ephraim graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1985 and joined Unilever’s food-related business in January 1986, where he held various positions culminating in his appointment as production manager. He joined Nampak in July 1995 as plant manager in the then Divpac paper products factory in Durban. Since then Ephraim has held a number of senior positions in the group, namely general manager of DivFood Port Elizabeth and Durban as well as managing director of Nampak Glass, Petpak and Megapak. He was appointed managing director of Nampak DivFood in April 2008. In 2014, he was appointed Group Executive responsible for Paper incorporating Corrugated, Tissue and Sacks.
Erik Smuts
Group Executive: Beverage Cans
BCom (Hons) Acc, CA (SA), ACMA (UK), CPIM, EDP (GIBS)
Erik graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1993. After completing his articles at Deloitte in South Africa, he joined Deloitte in Budapest, Hungary, as a computer auditor. Erik joined Nampak in July 1997 as project accountant and has since held various commercial positions in Bevcan, as well as financial director for both Bevcan and Nampak Wiegand Glass. He was appointed managing director of Nampak Bevcan in October 2009. In 2014, he was appointed Group Executive responsible for Nampak’s beverage can interests in South Africa, Angola and Nigeria

Christiaan Burmeister
Group Executive: DivFood and R&D
B.Acc. (US), B.Com Hons (RAU), CA (SA)
Christiaan was appointed as Divisional Financial Director for Nampak Corrugated in 1994. He managed some of Nampak Corrugated’s operations in Gauteng and fulfilled the role of Group Financial Manager and Group Business System Manager for Nampak. He was appointed Divisional Managing Director of Nampak Corrugated in 2009. Christiaan takes on the role of Divisional Managing Director for DivFood in April 2014. He will also be responsible for Nampak Research & Development and will be a member of the GEC.

Neill O’Brien 
Company Secretary and Group Legal Adviser
Neill was admitted as an attorney in 1977 and was legal adviser to AECI for nine years prior to joining Nampak in 1996. 

Fezekile Tshiqi 
Group Human Resources Director
After completing his university studies Fezekile gained experience in human resource management at large manufacturing companies which included Amalgamated Beverage Industries, Unilever and Corobrik. In 1992 he joined Adcock Pharmaceuticals as human resources manager and in 1998 was appointed divisional HR director at Nampak Tissue. In 2001 he became HR director for all Nampak’s Africa operations and in 2009 was appointed to the Nampak Limited board as group human resources director.