Sappi Limited leadership

Members of the Group Management Committee and the Sappi Limited board of directors*:

The Group Management Committee and Sappi Limited board of directors collectively determines major policies and strategies and is responsible for managing risk.

Group Management Committee

Steve Binnie

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve)**
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited

Age: 49
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Appointed: September 2012

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited in July 2014. He joined Sappi in July 2012 as Chief Financial Officer designate and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director from 01 September 2012. Prior to joining Sappi, he held various senior finance roles and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Edcon Proprietary Limited for 10 years after having been in a senior finance role at Investec Bank Limited for four years.

Glen Pearce

Glen Thomas Pearce**
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Sappi Limited

Age: 53
Qualifications: BCom (Hons), CA(SA)
Appointed: July 2014

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 as Financial Manager and subsequently held various senior finance roles in South Africa and in Belgium before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Prior to joining Sappi, he worked at Murray & Roberts Limited from 1992 to 1996.

Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner**
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America

Age: 61
Qualifications: BSc (Industrial Technology)
Appointed: September 1981

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Gardner joined Sappi in 1981 and his experience includes serving as the Vice-President of Manufacturing and Vice-President of Supply Chain, prior to which he worked in a variety of production management roles at Sappi, including Production Manager at the Westbrook Mill, Paper Mill Manager at the Somerset Mill, Managing Director at the Muskegon Mill and Director of Engineering and Manufacturing Technology at the regional head office in Boston. Mr Gardner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America (SNA) in 2007 responsible for leading all Sappi operations in the region and was also appointed to the Sappi North America board. In 2009, Mr Gardner received the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA) Executive of the Year Award. The award is the highest recognition for leadership and management given by PIMA. Mr Gardner recently completed his term as Chairman on the board of directors of the American Forest & Paper Association. In September 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the University of Maine System.

Alex Thiel

Alexander van Coller Thiel (Alex)**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa

Age: 55
Qualifications: BSc Mechanical Engineering, MBA (Financial Management and IT)
Appointed: December 1989

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Thiel joined Sappi in December 1989 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman in Johannesburg. In April 1993, as part of Sappi’s expansion into Europe, he moved to Brussels as the Administration Manager reporting to the Managing Director of Sappi Europe. With the creation of Sappi Europe he was appointed in February 1998 as Manager Marketing Intelligence, reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director. In January 2003, he became the Director Logistics, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe.

He was appointed as Group Head Procurement, Sappi Limited in January 2008 and Integration Executive, in charge of the integration of the acquired M-real business into Sappi’s operations in September 2008. He led a project to redefine and implement Sappi’s ‘go-to-market’ strategy in Europe from October 2009. Mr Thiel was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa with effect from 01 December 2010.

Berry Wiersum

Berend John Wiersum (Berry)**
Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe

Age: 61
Qualifications: MA (Medieval and Modern History)
Appointed: January 2007

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wiersum joined Sappi in January 2007 as Chief Executive Officer Sappi Europe. Prior to joining Sappi, Mr Wiersum was a freelance mergers and acquisitions consultant for one year. He previously was Managing Director of Kappa Packaging and member of the management board in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) where he was responsible for overseeing over 90 packaging plants across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa. Mr Wiersum was Chairman of CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) from 2011 to 2012. Until 31 December 2016, he remains Chairman of the board of directors of Euro-Graph (European Association of Graphic Paper Producers).

Gary Bowles

Gary Bowles**
Executive Vice President of Sappi Specialised Cellulose

Age: 56
Qualifications: BSc Electrical Eng, PMD, EDP
Appointed: November 1990

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Bowles joined Saiccor Mill in 1990. He served in various engineering and production positions at the mill until he was appointed as General Manager of Sappi Saiccor Mill in 2004.

In January 2011, he was appointed as Managing Director of Sappi Specialised Cellulose and in July 2011, Mr Bowles joined the group management team with responsibility for the increased need to coordinate the global marketing, sales and customer technical engagement responsibilities of the Sappi Specialised Cellulose business, while continuing to be responsible for dissolving wood pulp production at the Saiccor Mill in South Africa. In October 2013, he joined the group Executive Committee as Executive Vice-President Sappi Specialised Cellulose and joined the Sappi North American board releasing his manufacturing role at the Sappi Saiccor Mill. Mr Bowles is a board member of the LignoTech SA JV.

Andrea Rossi

Andrea Rossi**
Group Head Technology

Age: 62
Qualifications: BSc Eng (Hons), C Eng, FCMI
Appointed: February 1989

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Rossi joined Sappi in 1989. Prior to becoming Group Head Technology, Mr Rossi held numerous roles in the company including Project Director Sappi Saiccor ‘Amakhulu’ Expansion Project, Sappi Kraft Manufacturing Director, Managing Director Sappi Forests, General Manager Enstra Mill, and Engineering Services Manager for Sappi Management Services.

Fergus Marupen

Fergus Marupen**
Group Head Human Resources

Age: 51
Qualifications: BA Hons (Psychology), BEd (Education Management), MBA
Appointed: March 2015

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Marupen joined Sappi on 01 March 2015. Prior to Sappi, Mr Marupen held various positions at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) where he was the Acting Chief Operating Officer, Group Executive Human Resources for Absa and executive management positions with Kumba Resources, Kumba Iron Ore and BHP Billiton (Energy Coal).

Maarten van Hoven

Maarten van Hoven**
Group Head Strategy and Legal

Age: 43
Qualifications: BProc, LLM (International Business Law)
Appointed: December 2011

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr van Hoven joined Sappi in December 2011. Mr van Hoven, an admitted attorney of the High Court in South Africa, has held various positions at the South African Competition Commission, most recently as Divisional Manager: Mergers and Acquisitions. As well as being on the group Executive Committee he has joined the boards of Sappi Europe, Sappi North America and Sappi Southern Africa as an executive director.

Bradley Coward

Bradley Coward
Group Chief Information Officer

Age: 61
Qualifications: Grad Dip (Corporate Direction and Business Management), Cert (Senior Management and Leadership Development)
Appointed: June 2008

 

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Coward joined Sappi in 2008. Prior to joining Sappi he was Operations and Services Director at Derivco (Pty) Ltd. He has a keen interest in IT Governance and served on the IT Governance sub-committee of King III.

André Oberholzer

André Frederich Oberholzer
Group Head Corporate Affairs

Age: 50
Qualifications: BCom (Law)
Appointed: September 2001

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Oberholzer joined Sappi Limited in 2001 as the Group Head for Corporate Affairs. In this role he has global responsibility for Sappi’s internal, external, corporate and business communication and reputation management programmes. In addition, he has line responsibility for Sappi’s Southern African communication function. Prior to joining Sappi he worked for 14 years as a diplomat for South Africa, focused on multilateral affairs.

Graeme Wild

Graeme Wild
Group Head Sustainability and Investor Relations

Age: 44
Qualifications: BSc (Forestry), MBA
Appointed: February 2009

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Wild was appointed as Group Investor Relations Manager in February 2009, re-joining Sappi after two years with Deloitte Consulting. He added the responsibilities of Group Sustainability Manager in May 2011. He joined Sappi in 1995 and has held a variety of management positions on plantations and at strategic level. Graeme has a BSc Forestry from the University of Stellenbosch and an MBA (cum laude) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Amanda Tregoning

Amanda Tregoning
Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel 

Age: 49
Qualifications: BA LLB, LLM (Corporate Law)
Appointed: November 2011

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Ms Tregoning joined Sappi in November 2011 as legal counsel. Prior to her joining Sappi she was a Director in the international law firm Fasken Martineau, specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law.

She provides secretarial services to the Sappi board and all board committees, as well as the Group Executive Committee.

Louis Kruyshaar

Louis Kruyshaar
Executive Vice President, Sappi Biotech

Age: 46
Qualifications: BTech (Pulp and Paper), BEng (Chemical Engineering), MBA, EDP
Appointed: January 1993

 


Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Kruyshaar joined Enstra Mill in 1993 as a Sappi bursar, becoming a production superintendent. From 2001 until 2003 he was Technical Manager at Sappi Usutu Mill in Swaziland before moving to Ngodwana Mill as the Paper Mill Manager in 2004. In 2006, he became the Pulp Mill Manager at Ngodwana Mill before moving to Tugela Mill as the General Manager in 2008.

Board of directors

Sappi Limited board of directors

Nigel Rudd

Sir Anthony Nigel Russell Rudd (Nigel)
Independent Chairman

Age: 69
Qualifications: DL, Chartered Accountant 
Nationality: British
Appointed: April 2006

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Nomination and Governance Committee (Chairman)Attends Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee and Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee meetings ex officio

Other board and organisation memberships
BBA Aviation plc (Chairman)
Business Growth Fund (Chairman)
Meggitt plc (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Sir Nigel Rudd has held various senior management and board positions in a career spanning more than 35 years. He founded Williams plc in 1982 and the company went on to become one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom. He was knighted by the queen for services to the manufacturing industry in the UK in 1996 and holds honorary doctorates from Loughborough and Derby Universities. In 1995, he was awarded the Founding Societies Centenary Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and a Freeman of the City of London.

Sir Nigel Rudd replaced Dr Cronjé as Independent Chairman of the Sappi board from 01 March 2016.

Bob DeKoch

Robert John DeKoch (Bob)
Independent

Age: 64
Qualifications: BA (Chemistry), MBA
Nationality: American
Appointed: March 2013

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Other board and organisation memberships
The Boldt Company (President)
New North, Inc (Chairman)
The Building for Kids

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr DeKoch is the current President and Chief Operating Officer of The Boldt Company in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. Prior to joining The Boldt Company, Mr DeKoch served as a production manager and mill manager, as well as Vice-President of Manufacturing for Appleton Papers (USA). He has co-authored two books on leadership thinking.

Mike Fallon

Michael Anthony Fallon (Mike)
Independent Non-executive Director

Age: 58
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) (First class)
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2011

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Human Resources and Compensation Committee (Chairman)
Audit Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Fallon retired as an Executive Director of Nippon Sheet Glass Company Limited (NSG Group) at the end of June 2012. Prior to retirement, Mr Fallon was President of NSG’s global automotive division, with 17,500 employees, heading up all the glass and glazing operations in the key automotive regions across the world. With annual sales of around €6 billion, the NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building, automotive and speciality glass sectors. His management and leadership experience extends across a wide range of functions from plant management, sales and marketing and supply chain to general management, including mergers and acquisition experience. He was President of Pilkington operations in North America and has been director and Chairman of companies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Finland.

Len Konar

Dr Deenadayalen Konar (Len)
Independent

Age: 62
Qualifications: BCom, MAS, DCom, CA(SA), CRMA
Nationality: South African
Appointed: March 2002

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Audit Committee (Chairman) 
Nomination and Governance Committee

Other board and organisation memberships
Alexander Forbes Equity Holdings Limited
Exxaro Resources Limited (Chairman)
Lonmin plc
Steinhoff International Holdings Limited (Deputy Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Previously Professor and Head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Durban-Westville, Dr Konar is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South African and the SA Institute of Directors, past member and Chairman of the external Audit Committee of the International Monetary Fund and member of the Safeguards Panel and Implementations Oversight Panel of the World Bank (co-Chairman). Dr Konar is currently a professional director of companies.

Peter Mageza

Nkateko Peter Mageza (Peter)
Independent

Age: 62
Qualifications: FCCA (UK)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: January 2010

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Audit Committee
Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Other board and organisation memberships
Anglo American Platinum
Ethos Private Equity Proprietary Limited
RCL Foods Limited (formerly Rainbow Chickens Limited)
Remgro Limited
MTN Group Limited

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Mageza joined the Sappi board after having held senior executive positions across a wide range of industries. He is a former group Chief Operating Officer and executive director of Absa Group Limited, Assistant General Manager at Nedcor Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Autonet, the Road Passenger and Freight Logistics division of Transnet Limited.

Jock McKenzie

John David McKenzie (Jock)
Lead independent director

Age: 69
Qualifications: BSc Chemical Engineering (Cum laude), MA
Nationality: South African
Appointed: September 2007

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Nomination and Governance Committee

Other board and organisation memberships
Capitec Bank
Carleton Lloyd Education Trust (Chairman)
Coronation Fund Managers
Rondebosch Schools Education Trust (Chairman)
University of Cape Town Foundation (Chairman)
Zululand Distilling Proprietary Limited (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr McKenzie joined the Sappi board after having held senior executive positions globally and in South Africa. He is a former President for Asia, Middle East and Africa Downstream of the Chevron Texaco Corporation and also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Caltex Corporation. He was a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board from 2000 to 2003.

Valli Moosa

Mohammed Valli Moosa (Valli)
Non-independent

Age: 59
Qualifications: BSc (Mathematics)
Nationality: South Africa
Appointed: August 2010

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee (Chairman)

Other board and organisation memberships
Anglo Platinum Limited (Chairman)
Imperial Holdings Limited
Lereko Investments Proprietary Limited
Sanlam Limited
Sun International Limited (Chairman)
WWF - SA (Chairman)

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Moosa is a director of Lereko Investments Proprietary Limited, Sappi’s strategic Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment partner. He has held numerous leadership positions across business, government, politics and civil society in South Africa. To name but a few, he was South African Minister of Constitutional Development; the President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; and Chairman of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, and he served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress until 2009.

Rob Jan Renders

Robertus Johannes Antonius Maria Renders (Rob Jan)
Independent

Age: 63
Qualifications: MSc (Mechanical Engineering), MDP
Nationality: Dutch
Appointed: October 2015

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Currently a business consultant, Mr Renders was a member of the board of Duropack GmbH from 2012 until the end of May 2015, as well as CEO of Duropack from May 2013 until May 2015. He has also served (from 2006 to 2010) as Chairman of the board of OTOR Société Anonyme, a leading packaging provider in France. Between 1989 and 2006 he held various positions at Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), a leading global producer of hygiene products and packaging solutions, including Mill Manager at SCA Packaging De Hoop, Managing Director of SCA Packaging De Hoop, President of SCA Packaging Containerboard, President of SCA Packaging Europe and Senior Vice-President Special Project Global Packaging for SCA Group. He has various consulting positions.

Rudolf Thummer

Dr Rudolf Thummer
Independent

Age: 69
Qualifications: Dr Techn, Dipl-Ing
Nationality: Austrian
Appointed: February 2010

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Skills, expertise and experience
Dr Thummer joined the Sappi board after having served many years in the pulp and paper industry. He joined Hannover Papier in 1979 (later purchased by Sappi) as Manager of Research and Development. In 1982, he became the Paper Mill Manager at Alfeld Mill. In 1990, he was appointed Technical Director of Alfeld Mill. In 1992, Dr Thummer became an executive board member of the Hannover Papier Group, responsible for manufacturing at the Alfeld and Ehingen Mills. In 1998, he moved to Sappi Fine Paper Europe based in Brussels, as Technical Director and executive board member. He served as group Head Technology of Sappi Limited from 01 January 2006 up to his retirement at the end of December 2007.

Karen Osar

Karen Rohn Osar
Independent

Age: 67
Qualifications: MBA, Finance
Nationality: American
Appointed: May 2007

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Audit Committee
Audit Committee of Sappi North America (Chairperson)

Other board and organisation memberships
Innophos Holdings, Inc (Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee)
Webster Financial Corporation (Chairperson of Audit Committee)

Skills, expertise and experience Mrs Osar was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of speciality chemicals company, Chemtura Corporation, until her retirement in March 2007. Prior to that, she held various senior management and board positions in her career. She was Vice-President and Treasurer for Tenneco, Inc and also served as Chief Financial Officer of Westvaco Corporation and as senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the merged MeadWestvaco Corporation. Prior to those appointments she spent 19 years at JP Morgan and Company, becoming a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Group. She has chaired several external board audit committees.

Steve Binnie

Stephen Robert Binnie (Steve)
Chief Executive Officer

Age: 49
Qualifications: BCom, BAcc, CA(SA), MBA
Nationality: British
Appointed: September 2012

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
Attends meetings of all other board committees by invitation 

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Binnie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited in July 2014. He joined Sappi in July 2012 as Chief Financial Officer designate and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director from 01 September 2012. Prior to joining Sappi, he held various senior finance roles and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Edcon Proprietary Limited for 10 years after having been in a senior finance role at Investec Bank Limited for four years.

Glen Pearce

Glen Thomas Pearce
Chief Financial Officer

Age: 53
Qualifications: BCom (Hons), CA(SA)
Nationality: South African
Appointed: July 2014

 

Sappi board committee memberships
Expected to attend Audit Committee meetings by invitation

Skills, expertise and experience
Mr Pearce joined Sappi Limited in June 1997 as Financial Manager and subsequently held various senior finance roles in South Africa and in Belgium before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Sappi Limited in July 2014. Prior to joining Sappi, he worked at Murray & Roberts Limited from 1992 to 1996.

Footnote

* Ages of leadership on 31 December 2016.
** Group Executive Committee.