Group Executive Committee

André de Ruyter (46)
Chief executive officer

BA, BLC, LLB, MBA

Board committee membership:
Executive, Investment

Relevant skills and expertise:
Strategic leadership in the manufacturing sector.

André spent more than 20 years with petrochemicals group Sasol in a number of senior management positions. He was a member of Sasol’s group executive committee from 2009 to 2013.

Other directorships:
none

Fezekile Tshiqi (60)
Executive director, group human resources director 
BA, PGDHRM
Board committee membership:
Executive

Relevant skills and expertise:

People management and development.

Before joining Nampak, Fezekile held various HR positions at Unilever, ABI, Corobrik and Adcock Ingram Pharmaceuticals. In 1998, Fezekile was appointed divisional HR director of Nampak Tissue and in 2002 he took over as HR director of Nampak Africa.

Other directorships:
none

Erik Smuts (44)
Group executive: Bevcan 
CA(SA), ACMA, CPIM, GEDP

Relevant skills and expertise:
After completing his articles with Deloitte in South Africa, Erik worked for Deloitte in Budapest, Hungary in computer assurance services. He joined Nampak Bevcan in 1997 as project accountant and was appointed to the divisional board in 2001 as commercial director. In 2003 he took over as financial director and was appointed managing director for Bevcan in 2009. On 1 April 2014 he was appointed as the group executive responsible for all Nampak's beverage can interests in South Africa, Angola and Nigeria.

Rob Morris (52)
Group executive: Africa and Glass  
Pr Eng, BSc Eng, BComm (Hons)

Relevant skills and expertise:
Rob held various positions in Unilever, both in South Africa and Europe, before joining Nampak in 1996 as general manager of the Cartons and Labels Gauteng operations. In 2008, he was appointed group executive responsible for the Paper and Flexibles divisions in South Africa and for Nampak's operations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. In April 2014 he was appointed as group executive responsible for Nampak Glass and the operations in the rest of Africa, with the exception of the beverage can plants.

Gareth Griffiths (61)
Executive director, Chief financial officer

CA(SA)

 
Board committee membership:
Executive; Investment.

Relevant skills and expertise:

Financial and strategic leadership. Before joining Nampak, Gareth was chief financial officer of Abu Dhabi Airport Company and of South African Airways. He also previously held numerous senior executive positions in the Bidvest group.

Other directorships:

none

Christiaan Burmeister (50)
Group executive: DivFood and R&D  
CA(SA)

Relevant skills and expertise:
Christiaan started with Nampak in 1990 and was employed in a number of general management roles as well as being group financial manager for South Africa and the rest of Africa. He became MD of Nampak Corrugated in 2009. On 1 April 2014 he took on the role of MD of Nampak DivFood and was appointed to the group executive committee. Christiaan is also responsible for Nampak R&D.

Neill O'Brien (60)
Company secretary and group legal adviser  
BProc

Relevant skills and expertise:
Neill was admitted as an attorney in 1977 and practised as an attorney for a number of years before joining AECI as a legal adviser. Neill joined Nampak as a legal adviser in 1996 and has headed up the legal, secretarial and insurance functions since 2002

Philip de Weerdt (60)
Group executive: Plastics and Flexibles
BSc Eng, MBA, SEP

 
Relevant skills and expertise:
Philip joined Metal Box in 1980 and held various technical positions at Vanderbijlpark 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 Europe. He is also responsible for Flexibles and Nampak's operations in Zimbabwe.