An executive management team, comprising divisional chief executive officers, HR and our CFO, is supported by operational managing directors, executive directors and senior management.

Operational management teams carry out the day-to-day management of the group and carries out the tasks delegated to it by the board. The divisional chief executive officers are members of the executive committee.

Gary Chaplin
Chief executive officer

Gary qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 after completing his articles with Deloitte. In 1996, he joined a private company in the timber industry, which was later acquired by Steinhoff Africa Holdings Proprietary Limited (‘Steinhoff’). Gary held various positions and fulfilled numerous roles in Steinhoff’s South African timber and furniture manufacturing operations. He then joined PG Bison Proprietary Limited (‘PG Bison’), where he was later appointed to the board in August 2006, and as chief executive officer in November 2011. In June 2012, KAP Industrial Holdings Limited acquired PG Bison, whereupon Gary was appointed to the KAP executive committee. He later assumed full responsibility for KAP’s diversified industrial segment and was appointed as the chief executive officer of KAP in November 2014.

Frans Olivier
Chief financial officer

Frans qualified as a chartered accountant in 2004, after completing his articles at KPMG in Johannesburg. In 2005, Frans joined Riso Africa Proprietary Limited as the financial manager. He joined Steinhoff Africa Holdings Proprietary Limited as a financial manager in 2006. Frans then joined PG Bison Proprietary Limited (‘PG Bison’) in 2009 as the group financial manager and was appointed as chief financial officer in 2010. In 2012, KAP Industrial Holdings Limited acquired PG Bison. Frans was promoted to the position of chief financial officer for the diversified industrial segment of KAP in 2015, and in April 2016, he was appointed as the chief financial officer of KAP.

Reino Louw
Treasury and legal executive

Reino completed his BCom (Law) degree in 1995 and LLB degree in 1997 at the University of Pretoria and joined the South African Reserve Bank as an in-house legal consultant in 1998. He completed his LLM degree at Unisa in 2001. Reino moved to Nedbank Limited as an in-house legal adviser in 2003 and subsequently joined Citibank, N.A., South Africa branch in 2004 as in-house legal counsel. The last position he held at Citi was as South Africa country counsel and member of the management committee. Reino joined Steinhoff’s treasury as treasury and legal services manager in November 2015, and in March 2018 he joined KAP Corporate Services as treasury and legal executive.

Penwell Lunga
Human capital executive

Penwell holds BJuris, LLB, MBA, MSc (HR) qualifications. He joined the Steinhoff group in September 2005 in the position of group industrial relations manager, where he was responsible for the management of labour relations and labour law matters. Penwell joined the KAP Industrial Holdings Limited group in April 2012. In June 2016, he was appointed as the group stakeholder relations executive and appointed to the executive committee, focusing primarily on industrial relations matters and community interactions in the regions where the group operates. He has extensive experience in industrial relations and has represented the group in various industry-based industrial relations structures.

Gavin van der Merwe
Investor relations and sustainability executive

Gavin studied at Wits University where he completed a BA and a post-graduate in communication studies. He also completed an MBL through UNISA. He joined PG Bison in 1991, where he was ultimately appointed as the director of sales and marketing and in 1999 was part of the team that led the PG Bison buy-out from PGSI Group. In 2006, he joined Steinhoff as marketing director and was later appointed CEO of Steinhoff Sourcing and Logistics in addition to managing retail and manufacturing operations in Europe and Asia. In 2013 he rejoined PG Bison as the commercial executive. He was appointed in his current role in 2018.

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