DIVISIONAL MANAGEMENT

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

Gerhard Victor

CEO | PG Bison

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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 Metz

CEO | Restonic

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Michael studied furniture design at Wits Technikon, but being an entrepreneur at heart, he entered the furniture manufacturing sector in 1980 when he acquired a small factory. Metz Bedding was established in 1981, followed by the opening of Metz Transport and Metz Industrial Holdings in 1982. By 1989, the company turned its focus specifically to bedding and this led to the divestment of Metz Furniture and the establishment of Basemakers and Bedding Component Manufacturers. International Wire Convertors and Buffalo Freight Systems were established in 1999 and Buffalo Textiles in 2002. Following the acquisition of the Metz Bedding Group by KAP, Michael was appointed as the executive of KAP’s Integrated Bedding division in January 2015.

Ugo Frigerio

CEO | Feltex

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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

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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.

Terry Bantock

CEO | Unitrans South Africa

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Terry completed a business science honours degree at the University of Cape Town in 1987. Thereafter he commenced his career in the supply chain and transport industry, including 15 years with the Imperial Group and 11 years in senior roles with Brait and Buildmax Limited. Terry joined Unitrans as chief operating officer in March 2017, and in December 2018 he was appointed chief executive officer of Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions.

Rob Hayworth

CEO | Unitrans Africa

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Rob has completed an N6 and National Technical Diploma. He joined Unitrans in 2000 as technical advisor for the sugar and agricultural sectors. Since then he has fulfilled several roles in Unitrans Africa, including that of regional and general manager of the Malawi and Mozambique operations. In 2017, Rob was appointed as a director of Unitrans Proprietary Limited and was responsible for the non-South African operations. In 2018, he was appointed as the COO of Unitrans Africa Proprietary Limited, and in November 2019 he was appointed as the CEO of the division.

Derek Lewis

CEO | Unitrans Passenger

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After completing a PDMBA (Wits Business School) and BSOCSC (Rhodes University), Derek started his career in the wholesale and retail sector for two years before joining South African Breweries (SAB) where he held a number of management positions in the sales and distribution division during his 11 years with the company. After the ABInbev takeover of SABMiller, Derek spent a further two years looking after sales and distribution in the Egoli region. Derek joined the KAP group in January 2019 in the South African logistics division at Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions, where he was the operations executive for the retail and sugar business units for three years. Derek was appointed as the CEO of the Unitrans Passenger division in December 2021.

Gerhard Victor

CEO | PG Bison

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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 Metz

CEO | Restonic

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Michael studied furniture design at Wits Technikon, but being an entrepreneur at heart, he entered the furniture manufacturing sector in 1980 when he acquired a small factory. Metz Bedding was established in 1981, followed by the opening of Metz Transport and Metz Industrial Holdings in 1982. By 1989, the company turned its focus specifically to bedding and this led to the divestment of Metz Furniture and the establishment of Basemakers and Bedding Component Manufacturers. International Wire Convertors and Buffalo Freight Systems were established in 1999 and Buffalo Textiles in 2002. Following the acquisition of the Metz Bedding Group by KAP, Michael was appointed as the executive of KAP’s Integrated Bedding division in January 2015.

Ugo Frigerio

CEO | Feltex

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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

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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.

Terry Bantock

CEO | Unitrans South Africa

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Terry completed a business science honours degree at the University of Cape Town in 1987. Thereafter he commenced his career in the supply chain and transport industry, including 15 years with the Imperial Group and 11 years in senior roles with Brait and Buildmax Limited. Terry joined Unitrans as chief operating officer in March 2017, and in December 2018 he was appointed chief executive officer of Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions.

Rob Hayworth

CEO | Unitrans Africa

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Rob has completed an N6 and National Technical Diploma. He joined Unitrans in 2000 as technical advisor for the sugar and agricultural sectors. Since then he has fulfilled several roles in Unitrans Africa, including that of regional and general manager of the Malawi and Mozambique operations. In 2017, Rob was appointed as a director of Unitrans Proprietary Limited and was responsible for the non-South African operations. In 2018, he was appointed as the COO of Unitrans Africa Proprietary Limited, and in November 2019 he was appointed as the CEO of the division.

Derek Lewis

CEO | Unitrans Passenger

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After completing a PDMBA (Wits Business School) and BSOCSC (Rhodes University), Derek started his career in the wholesale and retail sector for two years before joining South African Breweries (SAB) where he held a number of management positions in the sales and distribution division during his 11 years with the company. After the ABInbev takeover of SABMiller, Derek spent a further two years looking after sales and distribution in the Egoli region. Derek joined the KAP group in January 2019 in the South African logistics division at Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions, where he was the operations executive for the retail and sugar business units for three years. Derek was appointed as the CEO of the Unitrans Passenger division in December 2021.

Gerhard Victor

CEO | PG Bison

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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 Metz

CEO | Restonic

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Michael studied furniture design at Wits Technikon, but being an entrepreneur at heart, he entered the furniture manufacturing sector in 1980 when he acquired a small factory. Metz Bedding was established in 1981, followed by the opening of Metz Transport and Metz Industrial Holdings in 1982. By 1989, the company turned its focus specifically to bedding and this led to the divestment of Metz Furniture and the establishment of Basemakers and Bedding Component Manufacturers. International Wire Convertors and Buffalo Freight Systems were established in 1999 and Buffalo Textiles in 2002. Following the acquisition of the Metz Bedding Group by KAP, Michael was appointed as the executive of KAP’s Integrated Bedding division in January 2015.

Ugo Frigerio

CEO | Feltex

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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

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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.

Terry Bantock

CEO | Unitrans South Africa

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Terry completed a business science honours degree at the University of Cape Town in 1987. Thereafter he commenced his career in the supply chain and transport industry, including 15 years with the Imperial Group and 11 years in senior roles with Brait and Buildmax Limited. Terry joined Unitrans as chief operating officer in March 2017, and in December 2018 he was appointed chief executive officer of Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions.

Rob Hayworth

CEO | Unitrans Africa

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Rob has completed an N6 and National Technical Diploma. He joined Unitrans in 2000 as technical advisor for the sugar and agricultural sectors. Since then he has fulfilled several roles in Unitrans Africa, including that of regional and general manager of the Malawi and Mozambique operations. In 2017, Rob was appointed as a director of Unitrans Proprietary Limited and was responsible for the non-South African operations. In 2018, he was appointed as the COO of Unitrans Africa Proprietary Limited, and in November 2019 he was appointed as the CEO of the division.

Derek Lewis

CEO | Unitrans Passenger

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After completing a PDMBA (Wits Business School) and BSOCSC (Rhodes University), Derek started his career in the wholesale and retail sector for two years before joining South African Breweries (SAB) where he held a number of management positions in the sales and distribution division during his 11 years with the company. After the ABInbev takeover of SABMiller, Derek spent a further two years looking after sales and distribution in the Egoli region. Derek joined the KAP group in January 2019 in the South African logistics division at Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions, where he was the operations executive for the retail and sugar business units for three years. Derek was appointed as the CEO of the Unitrans Passenger division in December 2021.