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Thanaseelan Gobalsamy (Seelan) [photo]

Seelan Gobalsamy

Age
43
Qualifications
Chartered Accountant (SA) AMP (Harvard)
Designation
Chief executive officer and Group finance director
Appointment date:
10 September 2018 - Board
Board Committee membership
None
Significant directorships
Bidvest Life Limited
Number of non-significant directorships
2

Skills and expertise: Finance, business management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions.

Experience:He is an accomplished, internationally experienced business leader, from the financial services sector. He has assumed senior leadership roles across Emerging Markets for close to 20 years including key leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. He served as Chief Executive of Emerging Markets for Liberty Holdings and previously the Group Chief Executive of STANLIB Group.

Prior to this he was Managing Director of Old Mutual Corporate.


Kavita Pema [photo]

Kavita Pema

Age
50
Qualifications
MSc (Environmental Management)
Title
Group Executive: Sustainability and Risk
Appointment date
1 February 2018

Experience: Kavita has in excess of 20 years of experience in Integrated Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Sustainability Management, ESG Management and Project Management. She joined Omnia Group in 2013 as the General Manager for Group SHERQ and held this position until her promotion to Group Executive: Sustainability and Risk in 2018.


Lennon Phillip [photo]

Lennon Phillip

Age
44
Qualifications
BA LLB (Natal) Hdip Company Law and Executive Development Program (Wits)
Title
General Counsel
Appointment date
1 July 2017

Experience:Lennon is an admitted attorney with 19 years’ post articles experience. He has extensive in-house counsel experience having led legal departments in the petrochemical, manufacturing and science and innovation industries as well as across Middle East Africa.


Michelle Nana [photo]

Michelle Nana

Age
50
Qualifications
FCIS, BA (Industrial Psychology and Sociology), Certified Director of the Institute of Directors South Africa
Title
Group Company Secretary
Appointment date
1 July 2018

Experience:25 years in Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance, in both JSE-listed and unlisted companies. Sectors include telecommunications and construction.


Francois Visagie [photo]

Francois Visagie

Age
48
Qualifications
M.Eng (Chem), B. Com Economics, CFA level 2
Title
Group Executive: Business Initiatives
Appointment date
1 April 2018

Experience: Francois completed a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1994 at the University of Pretoria and started at Sasol Holdings in 1995, working in various roles in Sasol Technologies. Joined Omnia in 2002 as Production Manager and later Technical Manager. Appointed as Operations Manager at Süd-Chemie Sasol Catalysts (Pty) Ltd in 2005. Joined Omnia in 2007 as Project Manager and then moved in 2009 into various business development positions in Protea Chemicals and Omnia Fertilizers, before being promoted to Group Executive: Business Initiatives in 2018.


Joseph Keenan [photo]

Joseph Keenan

Age
49
Qualifications
BSc (Geology); MBA
Title
Managing director: BME
Appointment date
1 September 2015

Experience:Joseph has more than 25 years experience in the global explosive industry with 15 years at senior management level. He has worked in Canada, the United States, Australia and Latin America as an executive in the mining services, power generation and oil and gas industries. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.


Khabo Ramoupi [photo]

Michael Smith

Age
49
Qualifications
BSc (Chem Eng); MBA
Title
Managing director: Protea Mining Chemicals
Appointment date
1 April 2016

Experience: Michael has in excess of 25 years experience in the petrochemical and mining industries in a variety of technical, sales, marketing and management positions. He joined Protea Mining Chemicals in 2006 and held the position of commercial director until his promotion to managing director in 2016.


Jacque De Villiers [photo]

Jacques de Villiers

Age
40
Qualifications
B.Eng (Mechanical)
Title
Managing director – Omnia Fertilizer RSA
Appointment date
1 June 2017

Experience: Jacques joined Omnia in 2001 as a mechanical engineer in Sasolburg. He was later transferred to Rustenburg to serve as Technical Manager on the phosphoric acid plant. In 2006, he joined the Omnia Group Projects team and acted as Project Manager for the construction of the nitrates complex at Sasolburg. In 2015 he was appointed as General Manager: Supply Chain for Fertilizer. He was appointed as managing director of Omnia Fertilizer on 1 June 2017.


Funani Mojon [photo]

Funani Mojono

Age
49
Qualifications
B.Eng (Chemical), Executive Development Program (EDP)
Title
Managing Director: Protea Chemicals
Appointment date
1 July 2018

Experience: Funani is an experienced and driven Chemical Engineer with over 15 years as an executive in local and multinational organisations. Before joining Omnia, he was the General Manager for Imerys Southern Africa and CEO for Imerys South Africa. Funani honed his senior management experience as CEO at Lafarge Mining, General Manager at ArcelorMittal’s Coke & Chemicals and Managing Director at Collect-a-Can. Prior to the above, he was a strategy consultant with Deloitte and Bentley West. He graduated from the University of Pretoria and also holds an Executive Development Program Diploma from Kellogg’s in Northwestern University" USA. Funani’s achievements includes turning businesses around, mergers and acquisitions as well project management. He believes his strengths are primarily his leadership skills, strategy development and execution, business management, negotiations and change management. He has more than 10 years non-executive director experience.


Jan Vermaak [photo]

Jan Vermaak

Age
49
Qualifications
B Eng (Chemical Engineering)
Title
Managing Director: Omnia Fertilizers International
Appointment date
1 February 2012

Experience: Jan spent the first seven years of his career in the petrochemical and crude refining industries, holding various technical and production management positions. He joined Omnia in February 2001 as technical and production manager. After holding various supply chain, technical and production positions in the Omnia Fertilizer Division, he joined the Omnia Fertilizer Board in 2006. In 2012 he was promoted to Managing Director: International, and Business Development. He served as ambassador for the International Fertilizer Association since 2013.

 

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