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Khotso Mokhele

Khotso Mokhele (62)

BSc (Agriculture), MSc (Food Science),
PhD (Microbiology)

Khotso joined the AECI Board in 2016 and took up his position as Chairman in 2017. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Risk Committee. Khotso is Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology, Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Chairman of Tiger Brands and Lead Independent Non-executive Director at Afrox.

Graham Dempster

Graham Dempster (62)

BCom, CA(SA), Harvard Business School, INSEAD AMP

Graham was appointed to AECI’s Board in 2016. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees. Graham is Chairman of Long4Life and a Non-executive Director of Imperial Holdings, Sun International and Telkom. He was previously an Executive Director of the Nedbank Group/ Nedbank Limited and the Chief Operating Officer of Nedbank Group.

Zellah Fuphe

Zellah Fuphe (49)


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. Zellah previously 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.

Godfrey Gomwe

Godfrey Gomwe (62)

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 Mining Services’ 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.

Jonathan Molapo

Jonathan Molapo (49)

BA (Economics)

He joined the Board on 1 June 2018. Jonathan has worked extensively in the petrochemical sector and has served on the Executive Committees of both Total Africa Middle East and Puma Energy during a career spanning more than 20 years.

Allen Morgan

Allen Morgan (70)

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, Imalivest Assets and Kumba Iron Ore.

Rams Ramashia

Rams Ramashia (60)

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 Sibiya

Philisiwe Sibiya (41)


Philisiwe joined the Board and the Audit Committee on 27 February 2018. Over the past 15 years, she served as Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon and as Chief Financial Officer of MTN South Africa. More recently, she founded her own private equity company.

Mark Dytor

Mark Dytor* (56)

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.

Mark Kathan

Mark Kathan* (47)

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, Mark oversees AECI’s Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Legal and Secretariat, Internal Audit and IT functions as well as its Retirement Funds. He also plays a leading role in M&A activities.

Edwin Ludick

Edwin Ludick (53)

BCom (Hons)

Edwin is Managing Director of AEL. He joined Chemserve as a Human Resources Manager in 1991, was appointed to its Executive Committee in 2008 and to its Board in January 2010. Edwin joined AECI’s Executive Committee later that year. He has served as Managing Director at four companies in the Chemicals segment and as Chairman of a number of other Group entities.

Khosi Matshitse

Khosi Matshitse (61)

BA, MA (African Literature and Art of Teaching), Certificate in Strategic Human Resources, Senior Leadership Development Programme Certificate

Khosi joined AECI as Group Executive: Human Capital and a member of the Executive Committee in 2012. She oversees the transformation of the Group, assists in the internationalisation of AECI’s businesses and has progressed the transformation of the Human Capital function into a strategic service provider. Khosi has worked as a consultant in the Organisation Design and Development and Change disciplines and has held senior Human Capital positions at other companies.

Dean Mulqueeny

Dean Mulqueeny (51)

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 Chemicals Executive and Chairman of a number of Group companies. Dean was appointed to the AECI Executive Committee in January 2018.

Dean Murray

Dean Murray (49)

NDip Chemical Engineering, Global Executive Development Programme (GIBS)

Dean joined the Group as Managing Director of Chemiphos when Chemserve acquired that business in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed Managing Director of Lake International. He was appointed to the AECI Chemicals Executive in 2013 and Chairman of a number of Group companies. Dean was appointed to the AECI Executive Committee in January 2018.

Neil Franklin

Neil Franklin (49)

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 Serra

Toni Serra (55)


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 Schutte

Iwan Schutte (46)


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.

Nomini Rapoo

Nomini Rapoo (54)

BCom (Law), UED, LLB, Admitted Attorney of the High Court, Certificate in Corporate Governance

Nomini joined AECI in 2011 as Group Company Secretary. In addition to her commercial and legal degrees, she has qualifications and extensive experience across a spectrum of disciplines including risk and compliance management, internal audit, legal services and corporate governance.

Trevor Roberts

Trevor Roberts (41)

BSc Eng (Industrial), BSc Hons (Tech Management), MBA

Trevor is Head of AECI’s Group Strategic Sourcing, established in 2016. Prior to this, he was a member of AEL’s Executive Committee with responsibility for the supply chain, sourcing, marketing and strategic capital projects. Trevor joined the Group in 1999.

Gugu Mthethwa

Gugu Mthethwa (58)

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 Starke

Trevor Starke (49)


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 Putero

Fulvia Putero (55)

MA (Translation)

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.

Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson (42)


Graham is Group Financial Manager with overall responsibility for the Group’s finance and tax functions. He joined AECI in 2005 as Group Accountant.