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  • Corporate Board.

  • Company Leadership.

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  • Dr. Chris Jardine

    GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Dr. Chris Jardine

    GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


    BS, MS Computer Science; PhD Information Technology (George Mason University, Virginia USA)

    Dr Chris Jardine joined Tsebo in 2011 as CEO of Tsebo Catering Solutions, a position he held until assuming his new role in June 2015. Prior to this he was CEO of the J & J Group. Chris has worked in various executive and director roles in the IT, logistics, telecommunications, industrials and financial services sectors.He has also served on the boards of companies as diverse as MTN, Transnet, Macquarie First South and Union Carriage and Wagons. He is currently an independent non-executive director for the Peermont Group.

  • Tim Walters

    GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Tim Walters

    GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


    B.Com; BAcc; CA (SAICA); SEP (SU)

    Tim manages finance and M&A strategy across the Group, and is also a member of the Tsebo Solutions Group Executive Committee. Prior to joining Tsebo Solutions Group in 2002, Tim held supply chain and financial leadership positions at SAB’s Beer Division and Barloworld Equipment Company.

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GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
  • Dr. John Wentzel

    GROUP CEO - TSEBO INTERNATIONAL

    Dr. John Wentzel

    GROUP CEO - TSEBO INTERNATIONAL


    PhD (Industrial Systems) (UP), MBA, MSc (Nucl. Physics), BSc (Hons.) (Nucl. Physics), BSc (Mathematics & Physics) (UCT)

    John applied his credentials in physics and engineering to a career that earned him broad experience across the retail, FMCG, banking, communication and logistics industries in just as broad a range of management roles, including operations, IT, project management and HR. He brings to Tsebo Group a depth and breadth in knowledge of what makes those industries tick and what it takes to serve them exceptionally.

  • Royce Van Der Zwan

    GROUP SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

    Royce Van Der Zwan

    GROUP SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR


    BCom (Hons.) (UCT), MBA (Cambridge)

    Royce brings international, multi-industry commercial experience in branding, marketing, sales and business development. He has worked across more than 20 countries in leadership positions for companies such as Accenture, Kraft-Heinz, Nando’s and Tiger Brands. Royce holds a business management honours from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

  • Dave Govender

    GROUP CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER

    Dave Govender

    GROUP CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER


    MBA (WITS), MAP (WITS), ND-FOOD TECHNOLOGY (DUT)

    Dave’s previous roles prior to joining Tsebo included those of Strategic Projects Director at Shanduka Group and Technical Operations Director at Nando’s SA. Earlier senior management functions over a 10-year period at Coca-Cola SA ranged from audit and supplier management to environmental and corporate affairs to eventually heading up commercialisation and special projects.

    As Group CPO, Dave is responsible for leading the strategy, tactical execution and management of the total procurement effort across Tsebo Group. His diverse strategic and operational experience spans 20 years in the FMCG sector which will enable him to excel in his new duties at Tsebo. He has also gained invaluable M&A, governance and cross-sector experience as non-executive director on the Boards of Alexander Forbes, Macsteel, Seacom, TBWA and Helios Towers.

  • Faith Burn

    GROUP CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

    Faith Burn

    GROUP CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER


    MSc Mathematics (University of Johannesburg); MBL (UNISA)

    Faith has over 25 years’ experience across Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Aviation and Aerospace, the Public Sector, Construction, Education, and Mining. Before joining Tsebo, she was Head of IT Africa at Novartis, Head of Internal Audit at the Airports Company South Africa, and Associate Director responsible for Project Risk and Business Continuity at Deloitte. Faith is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds various internationally recognized and accredited certifications in Project Management, Business Continuity Management and Computer Science. She has served on the IIA SA Board and is a member of the CCMA Audit Committee.

  • Jennifer Chetty-Feinberg

    GROUP MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS DIRECTOR

    Jennifer Chetty-Feinberg

    GROUP MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS DIRECTOR


    BSc Chemical Engineering (WITS); BCom Hons (UNISA); MBA Finance (WITS)

    Jennifer is a seasoned corporate finance professional, with 24 years’ experience in infrastructure, project, export and structured finance, and mergers and acquisitions. She has an established track record in deal-making across geographies and sectors. Before joining Tsebo, she was an Executive Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions team at Standard Chartered Bank, Executive Vice President of Finance for a Canadian-listed energy company, at Rothschild as a Director in the Global Financial Advisory team, at Investec as a structured finance principal, and at the IDC as Head of Corporate and Project Finance.

  • Elanie Kruger

    GROUP ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTOR

    Elanie Kruger

    GROUP ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTOR


    M.Com (Industrial Psychology) from UJ

    Passionate about Africa and emerging markets, Elanie is a key member of the Tsebo Executive, responsible for the delivery of profitability, growth and cash flow targets by driving best people practices and change initiatives.
    Elanie has a strong and diverse career in strategic human resources, talent, Organizational Development, IR and change management having held several senior leadership positions in diverse industries in South Africa and the UK.
    Elanie, a registered Industrial Psychologist, holds a M.Com (Industrial Psychology) from UJ.

  • Wynand Louw

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – TSEBO CATERING SOLUTIONS

    Wynand Louw

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – TSEBO CATERING SOLUTIONS


    BSc (Engineering) (Wits), BCompt (Hons.) (CTA, Accounting, Auditing, Tax) (UNISA), CA(SA)

    Wynand joined Tsebo in 2005 as Financial and Commercial Director of Drake & Scull. In 2008 he was promoted to Supply Chain Director responsible for the procurement and supply chain management activities across the Catering, Cleaning and Facilities Management divisions. He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Chartered Accountant (SA) and has a diverse background that includes working in the Mining Sector as an Engineer (Gencor), Management Consulting (Deloitte Consulting) and Equity Investment (Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank).

  • Aubrey McElnea

    MANAGING DIRECTOR - TSEBO FACILITIES SOLUTIONS

    Aubrey McElnea

    MANAGING DIRECTOR - TSEBO FACILITIES SOLUTIONS


    Management Advancement Programme (MAP), WITS University; Global EDP, GIBS

    Aubrey is a seasoned professional in property and facility management. After many years in the industry and working in several positions across the group, he returned to Drake & Scull (now Tsebo Facilities Solutions) in 2013 to lead the mobilisation and operations of the Barclays Contract which was at the time, part of the largest Facilities Management outsourcing process ever undertaken globally. Aubrey was subsequently appointed as Chief Operating Officer of TFS in 2014 and led TFS’ operational expansion for Barclays, SCB and Citibank across Africa Middle East.

  • Monwabisi Kalawe

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – TSEBO CLEANING AND HYGIENE SOLUTIONS

    Monwabisi Kalawe

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – TSEBO CLEANING AND HYGIENE SOLUTIONS


    BSc (Electrical Engineering) Natal University

    Monwabisi has 20 years of business experience and has held senior posts in a number of companies over his career. This includes time as CEO of Rheinmetall Denel Munition and as COO for TFMC, as Executive Officer at Airports Company SA and as a Member of the Executive Board of its parent company, Compass Group.

    Monwabisi has also served as Country Managing Director and COO of Compass Group SA. Most recently, Monwabisi was CEO and Executive Director of South African Airways SOC. He is Chairman of CGSA at Supercare Services Group and a member of SAIEE.

  • David Hutchinson

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, ATS INTERNATIONAL

    David Hutchinson

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, ATS INTERNATIONAL



    Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hospitality, Honours in Business Administration

    David is a career hospitality professional and has over 11 years working experience in the Industry. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer in charge of all ATS operations across Africa. Prior to this appointment, David worked as the General Manager for ATS in West Africa, in charge of operations across Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ivory Coast.

  • Stephan Botha

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, TSEBO PROTECTION SOLUTIONS

    Stephan Botha

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, TSEBO PROTECTION SOLUTIONS


    M Comm in Business Management; MA in Industrial Relations; MPhil in Leadership

    Stephan has worked in diverse industries and across many African countries. He spent 13 years in various executive roles for the international security company, SBV Services. This included being Director for African Markets, Head of Strategy and Innovation and a 5-year period as MD of SBV’s Nigerian subsidiary. Stephan has also worked as an executive for companies in the logistics, agricultural and textile industries.

  • William Gould

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – TSEBO ENERGY SOLUTIONS

    William Gould

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – TSEBO ENERGY SOLUTIONS


    BSc (Electrical Engineering) (UCT); BCom Hons (UNISA)

    William has held numerous executive positions in both private and public sector companies across a range of industries, including Facilities Management. Now a member of the Tsebo Group Executive, he actively heads up the Energy Division with his main focus being solutions that deliver superior services to clients and that maintains the business’s market lead.



  • Ramy Salah

    MANAGING DIRECTOR - TSEBO EGYPT

    Ramy Salah

    MANAGING DIRECTOR - TSEBO EGYPT


    Certified Managerial Accountant, MBA

    Ramy is a deeply experienced industry commercial executive who has worked in all major GCC markets in the food and hospitality industry. He spent 7 years with Kuwait Food Company (Americana), the regional franchise owner of brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut and TGIFridays, becoming the youngest Country GM at 27 and building a track record in M&A, cost rationalization and driving profitable growth. Ramy joined Tsebo Egypt as Finance Director in 2014 and became Managing Director in 2017. He has led the business through significant change, optimization and strategic repositioning, resulting in continuous performance improvement.

  • Ken Fussell

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – TSEBO CATERING SOLUTIONS

    Ken Fussell

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – TSEBO CATERING SOLUTIONS


    Nat. Dip. (Hotel and Catering Operations)

    Ken graduated from Blackpool Hotel School in the United Kingdom and holds a National Diploma in Hotel and Catering Operations. He is a member of the Hotel Catering and Institutional Management Association and held various management positions with then Grandmet Catering Services (now Compass PLC) in the UK from 1979 to 1984. He became Deputy General Manager at Both Worlds Hotel in Gibraltar before joining Fedics in 1985, taking a position based in KZN. In 1989 he became the Operations Director for Fedics Food Services Transvaal and this was followed by appointments as Specialist Services Director and Managing Director Coastal Region for the growing Fedics organisation. After a period of time in Australia as CEO of an event and hospitality company, Ken returned in 1996 as Managing Director of Fedics Food Services before he was appointed to his current position as Chief Operating Officer in 2004.

Management.

Tsebo is widely recognised as one of the most progressive workplaces in the outsourcing industry. Every middle and senior manager in the Group is encouraged to attend an 18-month Management Advancement Programme (MAP) course run by the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences. This, together with our outcomes-based training courses for managers and supervisors, creates a steady pipeline of skilled junior and middle managers – from which the future pool of senior management then emerges.

Tsebo’s senior management ensure all stakeholders in the organisation are aligned. Their experience and understanding of the industry have enabled them to create workplaces where all employees grow with the business. With its mix of youth and experience, hands-on experience across the Group’s businesses and backing from our company alumni, Tsebo’s leaders steer the organisation with purpose and passion, driving performance.

Staff.

Tsebo’s growth has always been linked to equal opportunity employment. Our starter job profiles, coupled with the growth and training opportunities from within the Group, make us one of Africa’s most trusted employment providers.

Our managers and staff count among the most qualified in the industry and receive continuous training to a standard of tireless improvement. Our Tsebo Skills Academy (TSA) is accredited by THETA (the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority).

The TSA has trained more than 20,000 people over the last 3 years. Massive job creation has also taken place within the Group’s divisional operations, with the organisational headcount growing from 10,000 to more than 34,000 over the past ten years.

  • Support Services.

  • Suppliers.

Support Services.

Tsebo’s operating divisions, array of marketplace brands and national, regional and Africa-wide operations are supported by strong central Group structures. These structures manage and execute all the supporting services needed by the Group as a whole, as well as individual divisions and companies. This includes everything from marketing to accounts, IT to helpdesks.

Tsebo’s on-going training and development means that only highly skilled professionals, following specialised processes and systems, staff our central structures and that these people are motivated and given the opportunities to fulfil their potential within the Group.

Our powerful cloud-based systems and processes are built for African conditions. This results in reduced reliance on unreliable data networks as well as improved system functionality and a front-end that is adaptable to specific local needs. Our integrated systems architecture is easy to customise and cost-effective to manage, robust and simple to deploy, and is ideal for overcoming challenges such as interrupted links, distributed networks and numerous languages.

Suppliers.

Tsebo operates a highly integrated value chain, minimising cost and optimising efficiency at every stage. This is only possible because of the Group’s collaboration with its stable supplier base.

Tsebo procurement and operational teams have intimate knowledge of their supplier operations, and work with them in planning for mutual benefits. This collaboration of systems, processes, skills programmes and market knowledge delivers mutual benefits and enhances value for clients and customers alike.

We have been highly successful in creating supplier networks, often in rural and underdeveloped areas. This includes training and assisting small local suppliers to become self-sustaining businesses that can service our contracts and other businesses in their communities. This ability to create supplier networks from scratch enables us to operate under harsh and uncertain conditions without relying on formal supply networks.

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