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.
Gary qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 after completing his articles with Deloitte. In 1996, he joined a private company in the timber industry which was soon thereafter acquired by Steinhoff Africa Holdings Proprietary Limited (‘Steinhoff’). Gary held various positions and fulfilled various roles in Steinhoff’s timber and furniture-related operations. He then joined PG Bison and was appointed to the board in August 2006 and appointed as chief executive officer in November 2011. In June 2012, KAP Industrial Holdings Limited (‘KAP’) acquired PG Bison, whereupon Gary was appointed to the KAP executive committee and later assumed full responsibility for KAP’s diversified industrial segment. In November 2014, Gary was appointed as chief executive officer of KAP and as a member of the social and ethics committee.
Frans qualified as a chartered accountant in 2004 and performed his articles at KPMG Inc. in Johannesburg. After completing his articles, Frans joined Riso Africa Proprietary Limited for a short while during 2005 as financial manager, following which he joined Steinhoff Africa Holdings Proprietary Limited in 2006 as a financial manager. In 2009, Frans joined PG Bison as group financial manager and was appointed as chief financial officer of PG Bison in 2010. KAP Industrial Holdings Limited acquired PG Bison in 2012. Frans was promoted to the role of chief financial officer for the diversified industrial segment of KAP in 2015. He was later appointed as chief financial officer of KAP Industrial Holdings Limited on 15 April 2016.
Vukile graduated from the University of Fort Hare in 1990 and studied further both nationally and internationally. He was employed by Engen Petroleum Limited for 25 years, where he held a variety of senior positions, including that of General manager: Sales and marketing. He served on a number of the company’s subsidiary boards in southern Africa and on the Engen Limited Board from 2010 to 2017. In 2012 to 2013 he was based in Malaysia, working at Petronas Oil and Gas Corporation, where he headed certain business lines in Southeast Asia – Downstream Business. Vukile joined KAP Industrial Holdings Limited in June 2017 as business development executive.
Johan completed his pre- and post-graduate studies in human resource management at the University of Stellenbosch. Following 19 years in the mining industry in various human resource management positions, he joined Steinhoff during 1999, where he was instrumental in bolstering effective human resource management throughout their South African and international operations. He joined the KAP executive team during 2012 and oversees this function for the group.
Penwell holds BJuris, LLB, MBA and MSc (Human Resources) qualifications. He joined the Steinhoff group in September 2005 in the position of group industrial relations manager, where he was responsible for the management of labour relations and labour law matters. Penwell joined the KAP Industrial Holdings Limited group in April 2012. In June 2016, he was appointed as the group stakeholder relations executive and appointed to the executive committee, focusing primarily on industrial relations matters and community interactions in the regions where the group operates. He has extensive experience in industrial relations and has represented the group in various industry-based industrial relations structures.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Gert completed an MCom in 1994 and started his accounting career with Stuarts Transport in 1989. He joined Unitrans in 1994. Gert occupied several operational and general management positions within Unitrans, managing operations in a variety of industries across southern Africa. He joined the Unitrans Exco in 1997. Gert was appointed as executive: mining and infrastructure in 2015 and as chief executive officer of Unitrans Africa in December 2018.
Nico joined Unitrans Limited in 1995 after the passenger transport business owned by himself and a partner was acquired by the Unitrans group. He was appointed to the Unitrans Limited board in 2006. Nico has been instrumental in developing the passenger business and its brands and as a result has many years of experience in the passenger transport industry. He was also intimately involved in the development of the Gautrain Feeder and Distribution Project in Johannesburg, Gauteng.