Imperial Logistics

Leadership

Imperial Logistics Limited Board


Non-executive directors
  • Phumzile Langeni (45)

    Chairman and non-executive director

    BCom (Acc), BCom (Hons), MCom

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    Phumzile Langeni (45)

    Chairman and non-executive director

    BCom (Acc), BCom (Hons), MCom

    A stockbroker by training, Phumzile is executive chairman of Afropulse Group Proprietary Limited, nonexecutive chairman of the Mineworkers Investment Company Proprietary Limited and Primedia Holdings. Phumzile also serves as an independent non-executive director on some companies listed on the JSE, including Massmart Holdings Limited and Redefine Properties Limited among others. Phumzile was appointed on 16 April 2018 by His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa as one of four Special Investment Envoys tasked with raising USD100 billion over a five-year period. Phumzile previously served as an economic adviser to the former Minister of Minerals and Energy, Ms BP Sonjica.

  • Roderick Sparks (60)

    Deputy chairman and lead independent non-executive director

    BCom (Hons), CA(SA), MBA

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    Roderick Sparks (60)

    Deputy chairman and lead independent non-executive director

    BCom (Hons), CA(SA), MBA

    Roddy is a former managing director of Old Mutual South Africa and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (SA), and the former chairperson of Old Mutual Unit Trusts, Old Mutual Specialised Finance and Old Mutual Asset Managers (SA). He is a nonexecutive director of Truworths International, the lead independent director of Trencor and chairs the board of advisers of the UCT College of Accounting.

  • Peter Cooper (63)

    Independent non-executive director

    BCom (Hons), HDip Tax, CA(SA)

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    Peter Cooper (63)

    Independent non-executive director

    BCom (Hons), HDip Tax, CA(SA)

    Peter is the immediate past CEO of RMB Holdings Limited (RMH) and Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI). His early career was in the financial services sector, first as a tax consultant and later specialising in corporate and structured finance with UAL Merchant Bank. He joined Rand Merchant Bank in 1992 as a structured finance specialist and transferred to RMB Holdings in 1997, where he was appointed to the board in 1999. He continues to serve as a non-executive director of RMH, RMI, OUTsurance and MMI.

  • Graham Dempster (64)

    Independent non-executive director

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

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    Graham Dempster (64)

    Independent non-executive director

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

    Graham has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry both in South Africa and internationally. Graham serves as a non-executive director of listed companies AECI (resigned effective 30 September 2019), Long4Life, Motus, Sun International and Telkom SA SOC (resigned effective 30 November 2019).

  • Bridget Radebe (39)

    Independent non-executive director

    BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

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    Bridget Radebe (39)

    Independent non-executive director

    BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

    Bridget, a qualified chartered accountant, is the CFO of African Rainbow Capital and non-executive director of African Rainbow Capital Investments Limited and also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited, A2X Markets Proprietary Limited, where she is also the chairman of the audit, risk and compliance committee, and Colourfield Liability Solutions Proprietary Limited. Bridget previously served as a partner at Deloitte where she serviced JSElisted clients including Imperial Holdings Limited as well as other audit clients in the logistics and retail sector.

  • Dirk Reich (56)

    Independent non-executive director

    MBA

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    Dirk Reich (56)

    Independent non-executive director

    MBA

    Dirk, a global logistics industry expert, holds an MBA and serves on the boards of DFDS, Skycell, Instafreight, Log-hub and IPT. He previously served as the CEO of Cargolux Airlines International, on the management board of Kuehne & Nagel and as a non-executive director on the board of Panalpina. In 2016, he founded R&R International Aviation which offers strategic advice in the fields of aviation, logistics and e-commerce in China.

  • Thembisa Skweyiya (46)

    Independent non-executive director

    BProc, LLB (Natal), LLM (Harvard), HDip Tax (Wits)

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    Thembisa Skweyiya (46)

    Independent non-executive director

    BProc, LLB (Natal), LLM (Harvard), HDip Tax (Wits)

    Thembisa is an admitted attorney to the New York State Bar, USA. She is the past chairperson of Ukhamba Holdings, an empowerment shareholder in Imperial. She is an executive director of Theshka Proprietary Limited. She is currently a director of Liberty Holdings Limited, Woolworths Holdings Limited, Rothschild South Africa Proprietary Limited, and Sumitomo Rubber South Africa.


Executive directors
  • Mohammed Akoojee (40)

    Chief executive officer

    BCom Acc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA

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    Mohammed Akoojee (40)

    Chief executive Officer

    BCom Acc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA

    Mohammed Akoojee was appointed CEO of Imperial Logistics on 1 February 2019. He joined the Imperial Group in 2009, and prior to his current role, served as the acting CEO of Imperial Holdings in addition to his role as group CFO. His previous roles at Imperial included CEO of the Logistics African Regions division and executive director responsible for mergers and acquisitions, strategy and investor relations for the group. Prior to joining Imperial in 2009, Mohammed worked within the corporate finance and investment banking team at Investec Bank and as an equity analyst for Nedbank Securities.

  • George de Beer (46)

    Chief financial officer

    BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

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    George de Beer (46)

    Chief financial officer

    BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

    George de Beer is the CFO of Imperial Logistics. George joined Imperial in 2005 and held various executive positions in the subsequent years. He was also closely involved with the creation of the African Regions division and his expertise in integrating acquisitions and establishing controls contributed to the evolution of the division from a collection of relatively small transport businesses to the significant business it is today.


Executive management
  • Mohammed Akoojee (40)

    Chief executive officer

    BCom Acc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA

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    Mohammed Akoojee (40)

    Chief executive officer

    BCom Acc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA

    Mohammed Akoojee was appointed CEO of Imperial Logistics on 1 February 2019. He joined the Imperial Group in 2009, and prior to his current role, served as the acting CEO of Imperial Holdings in addition to his role as group CFO. His previous roles at Imperial included CEO of the Logistics African Regions division and executive director responsible for mergers and acquisitions, strategy and investor relations for the group. Prior to joining Imperial in 2009, Mohammed worked within the corporate finance and investment banking team at Investec Bank and as an equity analyst for Nedbank Securities.

  • George de Beer (46)

    Chief financial officer

    BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

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    George de Beer (46)

    Chief financial officer

    BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

    George de Beer is the CFO of Imperial Logistics. George joined Imperial in 2005 and held various executive positions in the subsequent years. He was also closely involved with the creation of the African Regions division and his expertise in integrating acquisitions and establishing controls contributed to the evolution of the division from a collection of relatively small transport businesses to the significant business it is today.

  • Hakan Bicil (48)

    International CEO

    MBA (Logistics)

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    Hakan Bicil (48)

    International CEO

    MBA (Logistics)

    Hakan Bicil manages the International business of Imperial Logistics as CEO of Imperial Logistics International BV & Co KG. Hakan was chief commercial officer at CEVA Logistics. Prior to this, he held senior management positions at Panalpina (executive vicepresident strategic business development), at the TOLL Group (managing director Europe and Middle East) and at Kuehne & Nagel (senior vice-president global business development).

  • Esha Mansingh (33)

    Investor relations and communications executive

    BA (Communication Science), Financial Management (cert)

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    Esha Mansingh (33)

    Investor relations and communications executive

    BA (Communication Science), Financial Management (cert)

    Esha Mansingh is the executive responsible for investor relations, communications and sustainability at Imperial Logistics, ensuring that the messaging, marketing and communication with stakeholders is aligned with the strategic objectives and vision of the group. Prior to this role, Esha served as the group head of investor relations and media spokesperson for Imperial Holdings Limited. Esha’s previous roles include the head of investor relations at Kumba Iron Ore Limited, a subsidiary of the Anglo American plc group, and investor relations officer and media spokesperson for Harmony Gold Mining Company. She is also a founding member and director of the Investor Relations Society of South Africa.

  • Cobus Rossouw (50)

    Chief strategy officer

    BEng (Hons) (Industrial), BCom (Hons) Logistics

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    Cobus Rossouw (50)

    Chief strategy officer

    BEng (Hons) (Industrial), BCom (Hons) Logistics

    Cobus Rossouw is the chief strategy officer for Imperial Logistics Limited. As such, he is responsible for orchestrating the group's strategic trajectory and the various strategic initiatives underpinning its execution. He is also responsible for coordinating innovation across the business and is the executive responsible for the Disruptive Innovation Fund. Before joining Imperial Logistics in 2009, Cobus co-founded and led Volition - which now operates as part of Resolve, an Imperial company. Prior to that, Cobus was logistics director of Cadbury South Africa.

  • Johan Truter (46)

    African Regions CEO

     

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    Johan Truter (46)

    African Regions CEO

     

    Johan Truter is the CEO of the African Regions business having previously served as CEO of the Managed Solutions division, where the introduction of an asset-light business model saw the division disrupt the market. His extensive experience in navigating the complex African continent and proven success in developing and implementing route-to-market solutions and value-add logistics see him well placed as a strategic partner to multinational clients wanting to enter and grow in emerging economies. Johan joined the group with the acquisition of Broco in 2004, a business of which he was joint founder and managing director.

  • Nico van der Westhuizen (55)

    South Africa CEO

    BA (Hons), B Juris

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    Nico van der Westhuizen (55)

    South Africa CEO

    BA (Hons), B Juris

    Nico was appointed CEO of Imperial Logistics South Africa in February 2016. He joined Imperial Logistics in May 1994 and has held various leadership positions within the business since then. Prior to joining the group, Nico held various senior management roles at the International Transport Corporation, Langeberg Foods (Tiger Brands) and Sasol.

  • Steve Woodward (60)

    Chief People Officer

    BA, MBA

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    Steve Woodward (60)

    Chief People Officer

    BA, MBA

    Steve Woodward is the group’s chief people officer, responsible for driving people-related and human resource initiatives — and for developing and implementing integrated, world-class people policies and practices. An experienced global business leader, Steve has held numerous senior executive positions in large corporations in the US, Europe and Africa. He worked for SABMiller for 20 years in human resources, corporate strategy and senior general management. Prior to SAB, Steve worked in the mining industry for Anglo American and De Beers for 10 years in the fields of labour relations and human resources.