Afrimat views sound succession planning as an operational imperative. The group’s executive committee (“EXCO”) is made up of the group CEO, Financial Director and key management from the business units (see below). Supporting the EXCO, Afrimat has a strong team comprising engineers with extensive industry experience.
The EXCO comprises:
Andries van Heerden (43) – CEO
B.Eng (Mech) MBA (University of Stellenbosch) Government Certificate of Competence
Andries has held a number of senior board positions. He has extensive experience in strategic positioning, marketing and finance and was involved in the aggressive growth of APL Cartons. During 2001 he joined the Prima group as director and became Managing Director two years later. He left Prima in 2005 and formed a consortium which acquired the Lancaster group, of which he became CEO before merging the two groups to form Afrimat in 2006.
Hendrik Verreynne (52) – Financial Director
B.Compt Hons, CA(SA)
Prior to joining Afrimat Hendrik, a chartered accountant, was Financial Director for Oceana Brands Limited. Previously he was a senior executive in finance for Woolworths and Borden Foods and the Financial Director of Sea Harvest.
Peter Corbin (60) – Executive Director
B.Sc B.Eng (University of Stellenbosch)
Peter is a civil engineer with extensive experience in the sector, particularly in road construction. He has 24 years’ experience in the Mining & Aggregates industry. He joined Prima in 1985, where he was promoted to Managing Director in 2005.
Dr Jan van Heerden (57) - Managing Director: Afrimat Blocks and Bricks
B.Sc(Econ), Hons.B.Sc(Math), M.Sc(Stat), D.Comm(Econ)
Jan has extensive management experience and has been instrumental in Afrimat’s considerable growth in KwaZulu-Natal.
Billy Paton (51) - Managing Director: Afrimat Readymix
Diploma in Building Construction(UK), Advanced Concrete Technology Certificate (City & Guilds)
Billy has over 20 years’ experience in the concrete industry including as a lecturer on concrete technology at the Peninsula Technicon.
Carl Malan (51) - General Manager: New Business Development
Carl was a controlling shareholder of Malans Quarries when it was acquired by Afrimat. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the Mining & Aggregates industry and has proved himself an exceptional entrepreneur. Carl is largely responsible for Afrimat’s success in penetrating the public sector infrastructure market.
Johan Bisschoff (41) - General Manager: Strategic Projects
B. Eng(Mech), MBA
Johan is a successful projects engineer. He is leading the drive to establish Afrimat’s ability to deliver projects successfully and economically anywhere on the sub-continent.
Anton Gerber (52) - General Manager: Human Resources
BA(Hons) (University of Stellenbosch), MBA (University of Stellenbosch), IRDP (University of Stellenbosch)
Anton has 26 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources. He is an exceptional strategic leader of the Human Resource function with good industrial relations expertise.
Charl Marais (39) – Regional Manager: Mining & Aggregates North
B.Com (Management Accounting) (University of Stellenbosch), MBA (Bond, Queensland, Australia)
Charl started at Malans Quarries during 2005 as Commercial Manager . He was appointed a Director and became a shareholder in 2006. He then held the position of Divisional Manager, New Business Development and Acquisitions until the end of 2008, when he was appointed Regional Manager Mining & Aggregates North.
Pieter de Wet (56) - Managing Director Lancaster Quarries
Piet is a qualified diesel mechanic with 28 years’ service with Lancaster Quarries. He rose through the ranks and was appointed as managing director of Lancaster Quarries in March 2006 following 10 years as operations director. He is well respected in the industry and is the Regional Chairman for the Mining & Aggregates and Sand Producers Association of South Africa. Piet is a distinguished expert in the Mining & Aggregates industry.