Oceana Group

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Our business

The Lucky Star division is engaged mainly in fishing for inshore pelagic species (pilchard and anchovy) and in the production, marketing and distribution of fishmeal and branded canned fish products
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1. Mustaq Ahmed Brey (62)

Appointed to the board in 1995
Non-executive director
Chief Executive Officer of Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited

Mustaq qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978 and started his own practice, M Brey & Associates, which became the largest black auditing practice in the country and later merged with Ernst & Young. He serves on a number of listed and unlisted companies’ boards and on several audit committees. Mustaq is active in his community and has set up various community development structures.


Chief executive officer

2. Francois Paul Kuttel (47)

BAA (University of San Diego)
Appointed to the board in 2009

On graduation, Francois joined his family’s US-based fishing operations. He returned to South Africa in 1995 as Managing Director of Namibian Sea Products. He was Chief Executive Officer of I&J for three years prior to being appointed to the Oceana board as Chief Executive Officer in 2009.


Group financial director

3. Imraan Soomra (40)

BCompt (Hons) (Wits), CA(SA),
PLD Harvard Business School
Appointed to the board in 2013

Imraan is an experienced Chartered Accountant who has worked in a diverse set of industries during the course of this career. He held the position of Financial Director of Netcare Limited’s Hospital Division from 2010 to 2013 and was previously with MultiChoice from 2003 until 2010, as Head of Channels at SuperSport International as well as Financial Director of M-Net and SuperSport.

Non-executive directors


Lead independent director

4. Saamsoodein Pather (65)

BBusSc, BCom (Hons), MBA (Cape Town)
Appointed to the board in 1996
Lead Independent Director
Director of Companies

Since graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1973, Shams has been actively involved in investment management, which has included Senior Executive functions at Colonial Mutual Assurance Company, Southern Life and Real Africa Holdings. He is currently a Director of Coronation Fund Managers and Lungisa Investment Holdings.


5. Zarina Bibi Mahomed Bassa (51)

BAcc and Dip Acc (UDW), CA(SA)
Appointed to the board in 2011
Independent Non-Executive Director
Executive Chairperson of Songhai Capital Proprietary Limited

Zarina sits on several boards, including Kumba Iron Ore, Vodacom South Africa, Sun International, Investec, Senwes, the Financial Services Board and Woolworths Holdings. Zarina was Executive Director responsible for private banking at Absa and was a Partner at Ernst & Young prior to that. Zarina was named Top Woman in Business at the Top Women in Business and Government awards in 2007 and Top Business Personality in Financial Services: Banking in 2008.


6. Peter Gerard de Beyer (60)

BBusSc (Cape Town), FASSA
Appointed to the board in 2008
Independent Non-Executive Director
Director of Companies

Peter joined Old Mutual in 1978, was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) in 2000, and retired in November 2008. He sits on a number of boards, including Real People Investment Holdings and certain Old Mutual Group subsidiary companies. Peter is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa.


7. Noel Patrick Doyle (50)

Appointed to the board in 2013
Non-Executive Director

Noel qualified as an Accountant in Ireland in 1988 before joining Price Waterhouse in Johannesburg in 1989, where he worked for six years serving clients predominantly in the hotel and financial services sector. In 1995, he joined Southern Sun in a financial role and when he left Southern Sun in 1998 to join Tiger Brands he was Corporate Financial Services Director. He was appointed to Tiger Board in 2006 and in addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer he was responsible for IT, Investor Relations as well as Tiger Brands’ fishing interests. Noel left Tiger Brands in 2008. After serving as Chief Executive Officer of diversified Motor Group Bluespec Holdings for a year, Noel joined Nando’s as Chief Executive Officer of the Southern African business in 2009. He re-joined Tiger Brands in July 2012 as Business Executive responsible for the grains portfolio.


8. Peter Bambatha Matlare (56)

BSc (Hons), MA (Southern African Studies) (York)
Appointed to the board in 2008
Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter’s career spans executive positions with the Urban Foundation, Citibank, the Chamber of Mines, the Primedia Group, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and the Vodacom Group. He is a past Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, a director of the Association of Advertisers, and a founding director of the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa. Most recently, Peter was the Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Brands.


9. Nomahlubi Victoria Simamane (56)

BSc (Hons): UBS – Botswana
Appointed to the board in 2009
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer of Zanusi Brand Solutions (Pty) Limited

Nomahlubi graduated as a biochemist and worked for Unilever for 12 years and for British American Tobacco as Marketing Director for five years. In 1999 she was appointed Managing Director of BLGK Bates. Nomahlubi sits on several boards including JSE-listed Cashbuild and Foschini Group. She was the 2009 winner of the Top Businesswoman of the Year Award in the National Business Awards run by Topco Media and named the Businesswoman of the Year at the 2009 Black Business Awards run by BBQ.


10. Geoff Fortuin (49)

B.Com, B.Com Acc Hons (Western Cape), CA (SA), RAA
Appointed to the board in 2016
Non-Executive Director

Geoff is a chartered accountant and was a Partner at Deloitte & Touche for 15 years, during which time he was responsible for the audit of a number of South African listed companies. He was also a member of the Deloitte South Africa Board. Geoff is currently the Financial Director of Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited and serves on the board of Quantum Foods Holdings Limited. He was appointed to the board on 20 May 2016.

Information as at 1 May 2016.


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