BSc (Agriculture), MSc (Food Science), PhD (Microbiology)
Khotso joined the AECI Board in 2016 and took up his position as Chairman a year later. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Risk Committee. Khotso is Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Chairman of Tiger Brands, Lead Independent Non-Executive Director at Afrox, Independent Non-executive Director at MTN Group and a Non- Executive Director of Hans Merensky Holdings.
BCom, CA(SA), Harvard Business School AMP, INSEAD AMP
Graham was appointed to AECI’s Board in 2016. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit, Investment and Nominations Committees. Graham is Chairman of Long4Life and Motus, and a Non-executive Director of Imperial Holdings, Sun International and Telkom.
BSocialSc, Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS), Chartered Director (SA)
Zellah joined the AECI Board in 2007 and chairs the Social and Ethics Committee. She is Executive Director — Corporate Services at Dimension Data. She was previously an Executive at Plessey where she served as Managing Executive of Plessey Broadband Investments and Managing Director of Plessey South Africa for a number of years. Prior to this, Zellah served on the Boards of Afric Oil (Chair), Engen, where she also chaired the Social Ethics Committee, Phembani Coal (Chair) (previously Worldwide Coal Carolina), the Oceana Group, Phembani (previously Worldwide African Investment Holdings) and the Unisa School of Business Leadership.
BAcc, MBL, CA(Z), CD(SA)
Godfrey joined the AECI Board in 2015. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees as well as AEL’s Financial Review and Risk Committee (“FRRC”). Godfrey has extensive experience as an Executive in the metals and mining industries. At the time of his early retirement in 2014, he was Chief Executive of Anglo American Thermal Coal and was also responsible for Anglo American’s manganese interests in the joint venture with BHP Billiton. Godfrey is an Independent Non-executive Director of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and also serves on the Boards of a number of non-listed entities.
Jonathan joined the Board in 2018. He is Chief Executive Officer of Astron Energy, formerly Chevron South Africa. Jonathan has worked in the petrochemical sector for more than 20 years and previously served on the Executive Committees of both Total Africa Middle East and Puma Energy.
BSc, BEng (Elect), Pr Eng, CD(SA)
Allen joined the AECI Board in 2010. He is Chairman of the Risk Committee, a member of the Audit and Social and Ethics Committees as well as Chairman of the AEL FRRC. Allen spent his working life at Eskom and served as that company’s Chief Executive from 1994 until his retirement in 2000. Other directorships include BioTherm Energy and Imalivest Assets.
BIuris, LLB, LLM
Rams joined the AECI Board in 2010 and serves on the Social and Ethics, Risk, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. He is a member of the Board of Anglo American South Africa where he serves on the Risk and Audit Committee and chairs the Social and Ethics Committee. He is Non-executive Chairman of Rand Refinery and also chairs that company’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee. In 2017 Rams was appointed to the board of the Mineworkers Investment Company where he serves on the Remuneration Committee. He is past Chairman of BP Southern Africa, SAPREF and the South African Petroleum Industry Association. Between 2000 and 2004 he was Director-General of the National Department of Labour and government Chief Negotiator at the National Economic Development and Labour Council. Rams is a practising advocate of the High Court and a member of the Pretoria Society of Advocates.
Philisiwe (“Phili”) joined the AECI Board and the Audit Committee in 2018. With almost 20 years of executive management experience in Africa, she is currently Chair and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Shingai Group, the investment holding company founded by her. After holding various senior financial roles, including that of Chief Financial Officer at MTN South Africa, Phili transitioned into the role of CEO at MTN Cameroon – the first female appointed into a CEO position by the MTN Group. Other directorships at present include Audit Committee Chair at MTN Zambia, Mascom Botswana and South Africa’s Chartered Accountants Medical Aid Fund.
HNDP (Metalliferous Mining), PMD (UCT)
Mark assumed his role as AECI’s Chief Executive in 2013. He was appointed to AECI’s Executive Committee in 2010 and to its Board in January 2013. Having joined Chemical Services Limited (“Chemserve”) as a sales representative in 1984, and after managing two Chemserve companies, Mark was appointed to Chemserve’s Executive Committee in 1998 and subsequently to its Board. He is Chairman of AEL.
CA(SA), AMP (Harvard)
Mark is AECI’s Financial Director and Chief Financial Officer, which positions he took up in 2008. Prior to joining AECI, he held a senior finance position at Nampak and served on that company’s Group Executive Committee. In addition to overall responsibility for the Finance and Treasury functions he plays a leading role in M&A activities. Mark also oversees AECI’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Legal and Secretariat, Internal Audit and IT functions as well as its Retirement Funds.
Edwin is Managing Director of AEL and Chairman of Experse and Senmin, the other two businesses in the Mining Solutions pillar. He joined Chemserve as a Human Resources Manager in 1991 and went on to serve in this company’s Executive Committee and Board before joining AECI’s Executive Committee in 2010. Edwin has served as Managing Director at four companies in the Chemicals segment and as Chairman at other Group entities.
NHD Analytical Chemistry, Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS)
Dean joined Chemserve as a sales representative in 1990 and held several sales positions before going on to serve as Managing Director of three Chemserve companies from 2004. He left the Group in 2011, returning in 2015 as a member of the AECI Executive. He is Chairman of a number of Group businesses.
NDip Chemical Engineering, Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS)
Dean joined the Group as Managing Director of Chemiphos when Chemserve acquired that business in 2006 and, in 2007, he was appointed Managing Director of Lake International. Dean joined the AECI Executive in 2013 and he is Chairman of a number of Group businesses.
* Executive Director
B-Tech (Safety Management)
Neil is AECI’s Group Safety, Health and Environment (“SHE”) Manager, appointed in 2017. He has extensive experience in SHE risk management in mining and petrochemical manufacturing across small and large operating sites globally.
Toni is AECI’s Chief Information Officer with overall responsibility for managing IT operations, including the formulation and implementation of the Group’s IT strategy. He has extensive experience in the IT field, including that gained in his role as Chief Information Officer at Nampak.
Iwan is the Group’s Internal Audit Manager. Prior to this position he was Divisional Internal Audit Manager responsible for the former Specialty Chemicals segment. He joined AECI in 2004.
Graham is Group Financial Manager with overall responsibility for the Group’s finance and tax functions. He joined AECI in 2005 as Group Accountant.
BSc Eng (Chem), MBA
Gugu is Group M&A Manager. She joined AECI in 2011. Her work experience includes various roles in the chemical processing and pulp manufacturing industries, as well as investment banking.
Trevor is Group Treasurer with overall responsibility for treasury functions, Corporate Centre accounting, payroll and office management. He joined AECI in 1997 and worked in Group Accounting before moving to the Treasury in 1999.
Fulvia is AECI’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Manager. A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, she joined the Group’s Publicity Department as a Junior Press Officer in 1986.