Astral Foods Directors



Christiaan Ernst Schutte (56)
Management Business Administration and Finance Dip

Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 May 2009
Appointed to the board on 18 August 2005

Joined Golden Lay Farms, a division of Tiger Brands, the leading egg producing organisation in Southern Africa, in October 1984 as Assistant Farm Manager. Spent 18 years with the group in various positions including Sales Director from 1996 to 2002. Joined Astral Foods Limited in May 2002 as Manager of Retail Sales for Meadow Feeds before being appointed as Sales and Marketing director in August 2002.

Appointed as Managing Director for the Animal Feeds division in July 2004 responsible for Meadow Feeds Southern Africa and various other service related business units. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Astral Foods Limited on 1 May 2009.

Daniel Dirk Ferreira (60)
BCom, B Compt (Hons), CA(SA)

Chief Financial Officer
Appointed to the board on 1 May 2009

Employed by ICS Group Limited before the acquisition of ICS by Tiger Brands, where he held positions in operational financial management, tax management, project management and later as Group Financial Manager. He later joined Genfood as Group Financial Manager for two years before joining Astral in February 2001 as Group Financial Manager. He was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 1 May 2009.

Theunis Eloff (61)
(Independent non-executive director) BJur (Econ), ThB, ThM, ThD.

Chairman
Appointed to the board on 8 May 2007

Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from October 2010. Chairman of the Social and Ethics Committee from November 2011. Member of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nominations Committee from June 2014. Chairman of the board from June 2014.

Served as minister of religion of a congregation in Pretoria since 1983. Completed doctorate in theological ethics. Left the ministry in 1989 and joined the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). Headed the Administration of Codesa and deputy director of the Transitional Executive Council before the 1994 elections. Served as CEO of National Business Initiative from 1995. Became Vice-Chancellor of his alma mater in 2002, and headed the merged North West University from 2004. Completed his second term at the NWU in May 2014.

Chairman of Die Dagbreek Trust and deputy chairman of the FW de Klerk Foundation. Past President of the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI).

Gary Desmond Arnold (44)
BSc Agric (Hons), MSc Agric, MBA, PrSciNat.

Managing Director: Agriculture
Appointed to the board on 1 March 2012

Member of the Social and Ethics Committee from November 2011

Started his career in 1997 as Animal Nutritionist for Meadow Feeds Delmas and Meadow Feeds Welkom. In 1998 he was appointed as the Technical Manager for Meadow Feeds Delmas, and in 2001 appointed as the Technical Manager for Meadow Feeds Northern Region. In 2004 he was appointed as the Managing Director of Provimi SSA (previously Nutec Southern Africa), and in 2006 he was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Meadow Feeds in the Western Cape.

Appointed as Director: Business Development of Astral Operations Limited on 1 November 2010.

Tshepo Monica Shabangu (45)
(Independent non-executive director) BProc, LLB, LLM

Appointed to the board on 1 July 2013
A legal professional with significant experience in managing the commercial and intellectual property portfolios of blue-chip companies. This includes the negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements and advising local and international companies regarding the identification, protection, exploitation and management of intellectual property. Also has extensive experience in corporate governance.

Previously the Chairman of the Anglo Inyosi Coal Community Trust and a Director of Inyosi (Pty) Limited, the broad-based black empowerment partner of Anglo Coal Limited. Resigned from these positions in November 2011 and currently sits as trustee of one of Royal Bafokeng’s employee trusts. Past President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and a member of the Company Law Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. Previously a member of the Ethics Committee of the Law Society of South Africa. Recently appointed by the Law Society of South Africa as a representative of South Africa at the International Bar Association (IBA).

Currently employed as a partner in the law firm Spoor & Fisher.

Takalani Patricia Maumela (48)
(Independent non-executive director)
BCur, MBL

Appointed to the board on 1 July 2013
Member of the Social and Ethics Committee from August 2014

A seasoned manager in the healthcare industry with experience in adjudication of claims, membership management and management of walk-in client service centres in all provinces.

Currently employed at Metropolitan Health as Government Employees Medical Scheme General Manager and previously as Transmed General Manager. Prior positions include Clinical Executive at Qualsa Healthcare and Divisional Manager – Business Solutions at Discovery Health.

Diederik J Fouche (62)
(Independent non-executive director) M Comm, CA(SA), H Dip Tax Law, H Dip Business processing

Director of companies
Appointed to the board on 12 November 2015

Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from November 2015

Experience: Former head of PwC Southern Africa consumer industrial products and services industry practice (“CIPS”) for 17 years. Served as member of the PwC Southern Africa & Africa Board and was chairman of the Finance and Risk Committee. He also represented the firm on the PwC Europe, Middle East and Africa CIPS Committee.

He has extensive experience in the consumer industrial products and services industry and has engaged with clients, global experts and industry on various surveys, trends and strategic issues. He has provided clients with merger and acquisition transaction structuring and support. Also assisted clients with the issue of bonds listed in foreign markets as part of the PwC Global Capital Markets team.

He has been involved in the audits of major listed and multinational clients and the control of audits as the corporate engagement partner of companies with multi locations and foreign operations.

Marthinus Theunis Lategan (59)
(Independent Non-executive Director) B.Acc (Hons), M.Compt, D.Comm, CA(SA), Adv. Dip. Banking

Director of companies
Appointed to the board on 21 September 2016

Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from September 2016

He joined Rand Merchant Bank’s Structured Finance team in 1994 and in 1999, following the formation of the FirstRand Banking Group, became the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporate and Commercial Banking division of First National Bank. In 2005 he was appointed as the Chairman of the Divisional Board of First National Bank and served on various other FirstRand Group committees. He retired from the FirstRand Group at the end of 2010 to pursue private interests.

Since 2011 he has served as a non-executive member of the Board and Audit Committee of Steinhoff International Holdings Limited and currently also chairs its Remuneration Committee. He joined Barclays Africa Corporate and Investment Banking division in 2013 as non-executive Deputy Chairman.

Andy Crocker (46)
Managing Director: Commercial Division

Appointed to the board on 1 April 2016.
Having previously farmed in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, he joined Meadow Feeds as a Technical Advisor in 1998 as part of the team that established the Eastern Cape operations. He holds a BSc Agriculture degree from the University of Natal and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Henley Management College, UK, and is a Registered Professional Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. In 2000 he became the Technical Support Manager for the Eastern Cape before moving to Meadow Paarl as Sales Manager in 2002. Originally appointed as General Manager of the Port Elizabeth mill in March 2005 he became Chief Operating Officer of the Eastern Cape region in July 2006 before heading the formation of the Cape Region in November 2010 as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Paarl, Ladismith and Port Elizabeth operations. He was appointed as Managing Director of Meadow Feeds in February 2012.