An executive management team, comprising divisional chief executive officers, HR and our CFO, is supported by operational managing directors, executive directors and senior management.

Operational management teams carry out the day-to-day management of the group and carries out the tasks delegated to it by the board. The divisional chief executive officers are members of the executive committee.

Jo Grové
Executive deputy chairman

Jo has more than 40 years’ experience in finance and banking, serving on the boards of MLS Bank and Imperial Holdings. In 1998 he was appointed as chief executive of Unitrans. Jo was appointed as an alternative executive director of Steinhoff International Holdings in 2007 and was appointed as chief executive officer of KAP Industrial Holdings Ltd in 2012. In 2014 Jo was appointed as executive deputy chairman.

Gary Chaplin
Chief executive officer

Gary qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992. In 1996, he joined a private timber company that was acquired by the Steinhoff group. Gary held various positions within Steinhoff in the timber and manufacturing divisions. Gary was appointed to the board of PG Bison in 2006 and then as chief executive officer 2011. In June 2012, PG Bison was acquired by KAP Industrial Holdings Ltd. In November 2014, Gary was appointed as chief executive officer of KAP Industrial Holdings Ltd and is a member of the social and ethics committee.

Frans Olivier
Chief financial officer

Frans qualified as a chartered accountant in 2004 and performed his articles at KPMG Inc. in Johannesburg. After completing his articles he joined a small company for a short period before joining Steinhoff International (Steinhoff). Frans has gained extensive experience in various roles in the Steinhoff and KAP Industrial Holdings Limited (KAP) groups over a period of 10 years. His most recent appointments have been as the chief financial officer of KAP’s Diversified Industrial segment, and prior to that as the chief financial officer of PG Bison, a major subsidiary of KAP.

Johan Geldenhuys
HR executive

After 19 years’ extensive human resources management exposure in the mining industry in executive HR positions, Johan joined Steinhoff Africa in 1999 as HR executive. He has fulfilled this function throughout Steinhoff’s international expansions and was instrumental in establishing and bolstering HR structures throughout the Steinhoff group. Johan joined the KAP executive team in 2012.

Theunis Nel
CEO – Contractual logistics division

In 1992, Theunis Nel completed his master’s in engineering in agriculture at the University of Pretoria. He then joined Transvaal Sugar as the manager of the Agriculture Engineering department. In 1995, Theunis moved to Illovo Sugar and became the agricultural engineer of the Umfolozi Co-operative contract. Umfolozi
Co-operative Sugar Planters appointed him as general manager in 1997, and he remained with the group until 2002. Theunis Nel has been with Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions since 2002. In 2013, he was appointed as managing director of the specialised contractual logistics division.

Nico Boshoff
CEO – Passenger transport division

Nico joined Unitrans Limited in 1995 after the passenger transport business owned by him and a partner was acquired by the Unitrans group. He was instrumental in developing the passenger business and its brands. He comes with many years’ experience in the passenger transport industry. He was instrumental in the development of the Gautrain Feeder and Distribution Project in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Gerhard Victor
CEO – Integrated timber division

In 1997, Gerhard Victor joined PG Bison with seven years of wood-based panel manufacturing experience, and specialised in engineering and mechanisation of manufacturing plants. During the past 18 years, Gerhard has been appointed in various positions within PG Bison. Not limited to manufacturing, Gerhard successfully executed large-scale projects within PG Bison, not limited to the Ugie particleboard plant and the latest MDF plant in Boksburg, commissioned in November 2013. Gerhard’s latest appointment was in December 2014, as CEO of PG Bison.

Leigh Pollard
CEO – Chemical division

Born and educated in Canada, Leigh has been working in the resin industry since 1992. Leigh has had various supervisory positions within companies operating resin production facilities in Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and South Africa. After joining Woodchemicals SA in 2003, Leigh relocated to South Africa. In 2007, the company was acquired by Steinhoff and was incorporated into the PG Bison business. Since then Leigh has fulfilled various roles within PG Bison operations. With the recent re-allocation of KAP’s business divisions, Leigh has been appointed as the chief executive officer for the chemical division.

Ugo Frigerio
CEO – Automotive components division

After completing BA Hons (UND) and MPhil (Warwick University UK), he 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.

Michael Metz
CEO – Integrated bedding division

Michael was appointed as the executive of KAP’s bedding division after the acquisition of his family business Restonic by KAP Industrial in January 2015. He studied furniture design at Wits Technikon, but being an entrepreneur at heart, he entered the furniture manufacturing sector in 1980 when he bought a small bedding factory. 1981 saw the establishment of Metz Bedding followed by the opening of Metz Transport and Metz Industrial Holdings in 1982. By 1989, the company turned its focus on bedding and this led to the divestment of Metz Furniture, after which Michael was instrumental in establishing Basemakers and Bedding Component Manufacturers. 1995 saw the inception of Budget Bedding. 1999 was a strategic year, establishing International Wire Convertors and Buffalo Freight Systems. In 2002, Buffalo Textiles went into operation.

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