DIVISIONAL MANAGEMENT

Their expert skill set enables them to lead their teams to shape their markets.

Gerhard Victor

CEO | PG Bison

Gerhard joined PG Bison in 1997 with seven years of previous wood-based panel manufacturing experience, specialising in engineering and mechanisation of manufacturing plants. Gerhard has been instrumental in overseeing several major expansion projects in the PG Bison group including major greenfield developments and brownfield expansions. Gerhard was appointed as the PG Bison group manufacturing executive in January 2009 and as the CEO of PG Bison in December 2014.

Michael Borcherds

CEO | Restonic

Michael joined Metz Bedding in 1993 and was appointed as sales and marketing director in 2001, a position he held for 11 years. In 2012, he acquired Support-A-Paedic, which he managed and expanded until it was acquired by Restonic in 2017. Subsequent to the acquisition, Michael has occupied several positions within the Restonic group. In January 2021 he was appointed as chief operating officer of Restonic, DesleeMattex, VitaFoam and NamibFoam. He was appointed as chief executive officer of Restonic in August 2022.

Ugo Frigerio

CEO | Feltex

After completing a BA Hons (UND) and MPhil (Warwick University UK), Ugo joined Feltex in February 1990 in the HR department as divisional HR manager, becoming group HR manager in February 1996. In 1998, he moved into operations and was appointed in the role of MD of Feltex Foam Mouldings and Feltex Foam Converting divisions, and in October 2005 became MD of Feltex Automotive. Following a realignment of divisional operations, Ugo was appointed as the chief executive officer of KAP’s Automotive Components division during 2014.

Nico van Niekerk

CEO | Safripol

Nico graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1986 as a chemical engineer. He has also completed an MBA and a Global Executive Development Programme through GIBS. He started his career at the Atomic Energy Corporation and joined Safripol in 1989. During his 30-year career in polymers he held various positions in engineering, production management and technology management. The Dow Chemical Company, which owned Safripol, appointed Nico to start up and optimise the Dow PP plants in Europe and the USA, where he worked and lived for one and two and a half years respectively. In 2003 Nico returned to South Africa and was part of the MBO of Safripol with majority shareholder Rockwood Capital. KAP acquired Safripol in 2017, at which time Nico was the COO. He was appointed as CEO in July 2019.

Edwin Hewitt

CEO | Unitrans

Edwin obtained a Master’s Diploma in Technology: Metallurgical Engineering (Tshwane University) and completed an International Executive Management Programme (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Management Development Programme (University of Pretoria). Over the last 23 years he has filled a number of C-suite roles and was instrumental in the restructuring and transformation of several sub-Saharan companies, including Murray & Roberts and PPC. His most recent role was as chief executive officer of Imperial Logistics Africa. Edwin was appointed as chief executive officer of Unitrans in January 2024.

Steve Ford

CEO | Optix

Steve graduated with an MSc in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in 1992 and completed an Advanced Management Programme at Wits Business School in 1997. He started his career as a technical and production manager before joining Unitrans in 2001, where he was later appointed as managing director of their freight and logistics operations. In 2011, he joined Barloworld Logistics as chief executive officer. In 2017, he left Barloworld to pursue his own interests and acquired a minority interest in DriveRisk. He assumed the role of chief executive officer after the company was acquired by KAP in December 2021. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in supply chain management, logistics and road safety telematics.

Gerhard Victor

CEO | PG Bison

Gerhard joined PG Bison in 1997 with seven years of previous wood-based panel manufacturing experience, specialising in engineering and mechanisation of manufacturing plants. Gerhard has been instrumental in overseeing several major expansion projects in the PG Bison group including major greenfield developments and brownfield expansions. Gerhard was appointed as the PG Bison group manufacturing executive in January 2009 and as the CEO of PG Bison in December 2014.

Michael Borcherds

CEO | Restonic

Michael joined Metz Bedding in 1993 and was appointed as sales and marketing director in 2001, a position he held for 11 years. In 2012, he acquired Support-A-Paedic, which he managed and expanded until it was acquired by Restonic in 2017. Subsequent to the acquisition, Michael has occupied several positions within the Restonic group. In January 2021 he was appointed as chief operating officer of Restonic, DesleeMattex, VitaFoam and NamibFoam. He was appointed as chief executive officer of Restonic in August 2022.

Ugo Frigerio

CEO | Feltex

After completing a BA Hons (UND) and MPhil (Warwick University UK), Ugo joined Feltex in February 1990 in the HR department as divisional HR manager, becoming group HR manager in February 1996. In 1998, he moved into operations and was appointed in the role of MD of Feltex Foam Mouldings and Feltex Foam Converting divisions, and in October 2005 became MD of Feltex Automotive. Following a realignment of divisional operations, Ugo was appointed as the chief executive officer of KAP’s Automotive Components division during 2014.

Nico van Niekerk

CEO | Safripol

Nico graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1986 as a chemical engineer. He has also completed an MBA and a Global Executive Development Programme through GIBS. He started his career at the Atomic Energy Corporation and joined Safripol in 1989. During his 30-year career in polymers he held various positions in engineering, production management and technology management. The Dow Chemical Company, which owned Safripol, appointed Nico to start up and optimise the Dow PP plants in Europe and the USA, where he worked and lived for one and two and a half years respectively. In 2003 Nico returned to South Africa and was part of the MBO of Safripol with majority shareholder Rockwood Capital. KAP acquired Safripol in 2017, at which time Nico was the COO. He was appointed as CEO in July 2019.

Edwin Hewitt

CEO | Unitrans

Edwin obtained a Master’s Diploma in Technology: Metallurgical Engineering (Tshwane University) and completed an International Executive Management Programme (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Management Development Programme (University of Pretoria). Over the last 23 years he has filled a number of C-suite roles and was instrumental in the restructuring and transformation of several sub-Saharan companies, including Murray & Roberts and PPC. His most recent role was as chief executive officer of Imperial Logistics Africa. Edwin was appointed as chief executive officer of Unitrans in January 2024.

Steve Ford

CEO | Optix

Steve graduated with an MSc in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in 1992 and completed an Advanced Management Programme at Wits Business School in 1997. He started his career as a technical and production manager before joining Unitrans in 2001, where he was later appointed as managing director of their freight and logistics operations. In 2011, he joined Barloworld Logistics as chief executive officer. In 2017, he left Barloworld to pursue his own interests and acquired a minority interest in DriveRisk. He assumed the role of chief executive officer after the company was acquired by KAP in December 2021. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in supply chain management, logistics and road safety telematics.

Gerhard Victor

CEO | PG Bison

Gerhard joined PG Bison in 1997 with seven years of previous wood-based panel manufacturing experience, specialising in engineering and mechanisation of manufacturing plants. Gerhard has been instrumental in overseeing several major expansion projects in the PG Bison group including major greenfield developments and brownfield expansions. Gerhard was appointed as the PG Bison group manufacturing executive in January 2009 and as the CEO of PG Bison in December 2014.

Michael Borcherds

CEO | Restonic

Michael joined Metz Bedding in 1993 and was appointed as sales and marketing director in 2001, a position he held for 11 years. In 2012, he acquired Support-A-Paedic, which he managed and expanded until it was acquired by Restonic in 2017. Subsequent to the acquisition, Michael has occupied several positions within the Restonic group. In January 2021 he was appointed as chief operating officer of Restonic, DesleeMattex, VitaFoam and NamibFoam. He was appointed as chief executive officer of Restonic in August 2022.

Ugo Frigerio

CEO | Feltex

After completing a BA Hons (UND) and MPhil (Warwick University UK), Ugo joined Feltex in February 1990 in the HR department as divisional HR manager, becoming group HR manager in February 1996. In 1998, he moved into operations and was appointed in the role of MD of Feltex Foam Mouldings and Feltex Foam Converting divisions, and in October 2005 became MD of Feltex Automotive. Following a realignment of divisional operations, Ugo was appointed as the chief executive officer of KAP’s Automotive Components division during 2014.

Nico van Niekerk

CEO | Safripol

Nico graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1986 as a chemical engineer. He has also completed an MBA and a Global Executive Development Programme through GIBS. He started his career at the Atomic Energy Corporation and joined Safripol in 1989. During his 30-year career in polymers he held various positions in engineering, production management and technology management. The Dow Chemical Company, which owned Safripol, appointed Nico to start up and optimise the Dow PP plants in Europe and the USA, where he worked and lived for one and two and a half years respectively. In 2003 Nico returned to South Africa and was part of the MBO of Safripol with majority shareholder Rockwood Capital. KAP acquired Safripol in 2017, at which time Nico was the COO. He was appointed as CEO in July 2019.

Edwin Hewitt

CEO | Unitrans

Edwin obtained a Master’s Diploma in Technology: Metallurgical Engineering (Tshwane University) and completed an International Executive Management Programme (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Management Development Programme (University of Pretoria). Over the last 23 years he has filled a number of C-suite roles and was instrumental in the restructuring and transformation of several sub-Saharan companies, including Murray & Roberts and PPC. His most recent role was as chief executive officer of Imperial Logistics Africa. Edwin was appointed as chief executive officer of Unitrans in January 2024.

Steve Ford

CEO | Optix

Steve graduated with an MSc in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in 1992 and completed an Advanced Management Programme at Wits Business School in 1997. He started his career as a technical and production manager before joining Unitrans in 2001, where he was later appointed as managing director of their freight and logistics operations. In 2011, he joined Barloworld Logistics as chief executive officer. In 2017, he left Barloworld to pursue his own interests and acquired a minority interest in DriveRisk. He assumed the role of chief executive officer after the company was acquired by KAP in December 2021. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in supply chain management, logistics and road safety telematics.