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Thulani Sikhulu Gcabashe   Hubert Rene Brody   Phumzile Langeni   Michael John Leeming
Thulani Sikhulu Gcabashe (56)*
BA (Botswana), MURP (Ball State Univ, USA), PED, IMD Lausanne, CD(SA)
Thulani is the retired CEO of Eskom, the executive chairperson of BuiltAfrica Holdings and the chairperson of MTN Zakhele. He currently serves as a director of Standard Bank Group and The Standard Bank of South Africa. Thulani was appointed to the board in January 2008 and as chairperson in
April 2008.
Hubert Rene Brody (50)
BAcc (Hons), CA(SA)
Hubert served as the CEO of Imperial from July 2007 until February 2014. He joined the group in April 2000 as CFO of Imperial Bank and served as CEO of the Motor division and member of the executive committee. He is also a non-executive director of Comair, Mix Telematics and Woolworths. He was appointed to the board of Imperial in August 2006 and retired as an executive of the group at the end of
April 2014.
Phumzile Langeni (39)*
BCom (Acc), BCom (Hons)
Phumzile is the executive chairperson of Afropulse Group, a woman-led investment, investor relations and corporate advisory house. She is currently the chairperson of Astrapak Holdings and the Mineworkers’ Investment Company. She also serves as an independent non-executive director of Massmart Holdings, Metrofile and Primedia. She is a Trustee of the KZN Growth Fund. She was appointed to the board in June 2004.
Michael John Leeming (70)*
Mike is a former executive director of Nedcor. He has served as chairperson of the Banking Council of South Africa and as president of the Institute of Bankers. He is currently a non-executive director of the Altron Group and Woolworths. Mike was appointed to the board in November 2002.

* Independent
Mohammed Valli Moosa   Roderick John Alwyn Sparks   Thembisa Dingaan   Younaid Waja
Mohammed Valli Moosa (57)
Valli is a non-executive director of Sanlam Group Holdings and Sappi and a non-executive chairperson of Anglo Platinum and Sun International. He is an executive director of Lereko. Previously, he was president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the chairperson of Eskom. He also served as a cabinet minister in the national government of South Africa from 1994 to 2004. He is also the chairperson of WWF (SA). Valli was appointed to the board in June 2005.
Roderick John Alwyn Sparks (55)*
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 non-executive director of Truworths International and Trencor and serves on the board of advisors of the UCT Graduate School of Business. Roddy was appointed to the board in August 2006.
Thembisa Dingaan (41)*
BProc, LLB (Natal), LLM (Harvard), HDip Tax (Wits)
Thembisa is the past chairperson of Ukhamba Holdings, an empowerment shareholder in Imperial. She is currently a director of Absa Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Mustek, Adapt It, Skweyiya Investment Holdings and Sumitomo Rubber South Africa. She was appointed to the board in November 2009.
Younaid Waja (62)*
BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), HDip Tax Law
Younaid is a practicing tax and business consultant. He is a non-executive director and a sub-committee member of Dipula Income Fund, Pareto, subsidiaries of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency: Supplier Park Development Company and Automotive Industry Development Centre. His immediate past directorships include the PIC, Telkom, Real Africa Holdings and Blue IQ. His former memberships include vice-president of ABASA, chairperson of the PAAB – now the IRBA, a member of the Income Tax Special Court and treasurer of the Black Business Council. He was appointed to the board in June 2004.

* Independent
Recht Louis (Tak) Hiemstr   Schalk Engelbrecht   Ashley (Oshy) Tugendhaft    
Recht Louis (Tak) Hiemstra (58)
BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)
Tak served as director of strategic development of Imperial until his retirement as executive director in 2012. He was responsible for strategy and enterprise and business development. He is the chairperson of DAWN and a non-executive director of AECI. He joined the group in 1992 and was appointed to the board in August 1995.
Schalk Engelbrecht (68)*
BSc, MBL, AMP Insead
Schalk is the retired CEO of AECI, where he is currently the chairperson. He was appointed as CEO of AECI in 2003 and was appointed chairperson in May 2012. Schalk was also the managing director of Chemical Services (Chemserve) before joining the AECI board. He was appointed to the board in June 2008.
Ashley (Oshy) Tugendhaft (66)
Oshy is the senior partner of Tugendhaft Wapnick Banchetti & Partners, a leading Johannesburg niche law firm. He is also a non-executive director of Pinnacle Technology Holdings. He was appointed to the board in April 1998 and as deputy chairperson in March 2008.

* Independent


Executive directors
Mohammed Akoojee (35)
BCom Acc (Hons), CA(SA), CFA
Mohammed is the executive director responsible for mergers, acquisitions, strategy and investor relations for the group. He joined the group in 2009, having previously worked within the corporate finance and investment banking team at Investec. Prior to joining Investec, Mohammed worked for Nedbank Securities as an investment analyst. He is also a director of DAWN , Ukhamba Holdings, and various subsidiary and divisional boards. He was appointed to the executive committee in January 2011 and to the board in November 2013.
Osman Suluman Arbee (55)
BAcc, CA (SA), HDip Tax
Osman is the group CFO.

Osman has been with Imperial since September 2004. During this period, he has been the CEO of the then Car Rental and Tourism Division, and the chairperson of the Aftermarket Parts and the Automotive Retail divisions.

In addition, Osman is a non-executive director of DAWN.

Prior to joining the group, Osman was a senior partner at Deloitte and spent 23 years with Deloitte in various roles, which included being a board and exco member.

Osman is a member of Imperial’s various subsidiary and divisional boards, a trustee of the Imperial Pension and Provident Fund and the Ukhamba Trust which manages the interests of the black employees of the group.

He was appointed to the board in July 2007 and as CFO on 1 July 2013.

Mark James Lamberti (64)
BCom MBA(Wits), PPL(Harvard), CD(SA)
Mark was appointed CEO on 1 March 2014.

From 2008 until 2014 Mark was the CEO and a major shareholder of Transaction Capital. He served as its non-executive chairperson until March 2014 when he resigned to devote his attention fully to Imperial.

In April 2014, he also resigned as non-executive chairperson of the board of Massmart Holdings, a position he assumed in 2007 after serving for almost 19 years as founder, architect, CEO and major shareholder.

Since his early 30s Mark has served as an executive and non-executive on the boards of various public companies, including Wooltru, Primedia, Datatec, Telkom and Altron.

Mark currently serves as an executive committee member and director of Business Leadership South Africa and is a trustee and executive committee member of the National Education Collaboration Trust, which is a government, business, labour and civil society initiative to support the National Development Plan and the Education Sector Plan.

Johann Jurie Strydom   Philip Bernard Michaux   Manuel Pereira de Canha   Marius Swanepoel
Johann Jurie Strydom (40)
Jurie is the CEO of the Regent Insurance group of companies which houses the insurance operations of Imperial. Jurie joined the group in 2007 as chief actuary of Regent Life and was appointed to the Regent Life board in the same year. In 2008 he was instrumental in the merger of the operations of Regent Life and Regent Insurance, forming the Regent group as it is today.

Jurie has held senior leadership roles in the South African financial services industry since 2001 when he qualified as an actuary. During that time he managed broker distribution for Sanlam Life before becoming managing director of Alexander Forbes Life. He is a Sloan Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011).

He was appointed to the executive committee in February 2012 and to the board in November 2013.
Philip Bernard Michaux (54)
Philip is the CEO of the Vehicle Retail, Rental and Aftermarket Parts division. He started his career in the motor industry in 1981 with Saficon Holdings and has held various management positions within the industry over the years. He spent the first 23 years within the Mercedes-Benz franchise. Imperial acquired Saficon in 1995, which resulted in him joining the group. He was the managing director of Cargo Motors until 2006 at which time he was promoted to CEO of the Automotive Retail division. In 2013 his portfolio was expanded to include the Car Rental division. This portfolio has been further expanded to include Aftermarket Parts. He was appointed to the executive committee in October 2011 and was appointed to the board in May 2014.
Manuel Pereira de Canha (64)
Manny is the CEO of Associated Motor Holdings, responsible for the distribution, industrial retail and allied services businesses. Manny has extensive experience in the motor and import industries. He was part of the founding team of Imperial and worked for Imperial in various positions from 1969 to 1985. From 1986 he was a director of Automotive Holdings Ltd in Western Australia. He re-joined Imperial in 1995 and was appointed to the board in November 2002.
Marius Swanepoel (53)
BCom Acc (Hons)

Marius is the CEO of Imperial Logistics Africa.

He joined the group in 1994 when Imperial acquired Highway Carriers, where he was financial director since October 1990. Marius was appointed as financial director of Imperial Transport Holdings in 1997 and CEO of Imperial Logistics Transport & Warehousing in 2001. In October 2005, he was appointed CEO of Imperial Logistics Africa. In May 2007 he joined the Imperial executive committee and was appointed to the board in November 2009.

Marius started his career with SARS in Cape Town after completing his articles at auditing firm Brink,
Roos & Du Toit.

Under is his leadership, Imperial Logistics Africa has been recognised for numerous achievements, including National Business Awards, various Logistics Achiever Awards in 2013 and the Supply Chain Educator Award for 2014.

Gerhard Wessel Riemann   Berenice Joy Francis  
The group executive committee comprises all executive directors and the group commercial executive.
Gerhard Wessel Riemann (68)
Gerhard is the CEO of Logistics International and is responsible for logistics operations outside Africa. He joined the group in January 2000 with the acquisition of the logistics interests from Thyssen Krupp where he was a member of the executive board of the trading arm, responsible for worldwide logistics and its bulk ocean fleet, the largest in Germany. He has extensive international experience and operated in all major countries around the globe. Gerhard built up 20 years’ logistics experience in Lehnkering and Neska before joining Thyssen Krupp.

Gerhard is a member of a number of industry bodies.

He was appointed to the board in January 2000.
Berenice Joy Francis (38)*
BCompt (Hons), CIA
Berenice is the group’s commercial executive. Her responsibilities include risk, talent management and group marketing. She joined the group in 2008 and was appointed to the executive committee in June 2009. She is a member of the audit committee of the National Treasury and chairs its risk committee. She is a past vice president of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIASA) and the Institute of Risk Management SA (IRMSA) and currently chairs the Education and Technical committee of IRMSA. Prior to joining the group, she was the chief risk officer for the State IT Agency.