Oceana Group

Friday, March 27th, 2015,

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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Mustaq Ahmed Brey† (60)

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

Francois Paul Kuttel°◊• (46)

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

Imraan Soomra (39)

BCom (Hons), CA(SA), PLD Harvard Business School
Appointed to the board in 2013
Imraa is an experienced chartered accountant who has worked in a diverse set of industries during the course of his 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.


Group strategic services director

Alethea Berenice Anne Conrad°◊• (50)

BA LLB (Rhodes)
Appointed to the board in 2007
Lea was admitted as an attorney in 1989 and practised as an attorney before joining Transnet as a legal adviser in 1993. She joined Blue Continent Products in 1998, and served as commercial manager and commercial director before being appointed commercial manager of Oceana in 2001. In 2004, she was appointed group transformation manager and a member of the Oceana executive. In 2007 she was appointed to the Oceana board. In April 2008, she was appointed managing director of Blue Continent Products’ Hake Division.

Non-executive directors



Lead independent director

Saamsoodein Pather*† (64)

BBusSc, BCom (Hons), MBA (Cape Town)
Appointed to the board in 1996
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.


Zarina Bibi Mahomed Bassa*◊ (50)

BAcc and Dip Acc (UDW), CA(SA))
Appointed to the board in 2011
Executive chairman of Songhai Capital (Pty) Ltd
Zarina sits on several boards including Kumba Iron Ore, Vodacom South Africa, Sun International, the Lewis Group, 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.


Peter Gerard de Beyer*† (59)

BBusSc (Cape Town), FASSA
Appointed to the board in 2008
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.


Noel Patrick Doyle◊ (48)

Appointed to the board in 2013
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’s fishing interests. Noel left Tiger in 2008. After serving as chief executive officer of diversified Motor Group Bluespec Holdings for a year, Noel joined Nandos as chief executive officer of the Southern African business in 2009. He rejoined Tiger Brands in July 2012 as business executive responsible for the grains portfolio.


Peter Bambatha Matlare† (55)

BSc (Hons), MA (Southern African Studies) (York)
Appointed to the board in 2008
Chief executive officer of Tiger Brands Limited
Peter joined Tiger Brands in April 2008 as chief executive officer. His career spans executive positions with the Urban Foundation, Citibank, the Chamber of Mines, the Primedia group, the SA 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 SA.


Nomahlubi Victoria Simamane•† (55)

BSc (Hons): UBS – Botswana
Appointed to the board in 2009
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.


Takula Jenkins Tapela• (46)

BCompt (Unisa)
Appointed to the board in 2009
Managing executive of Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited
TJ joined Brimstone Investment Corporation in 2005. Prior to this, he was executive assistant to the managing director at Old Mutual SA, having worked in Old Mutual's Corporate Finance team for two years. He has served as an executive director within the African Harvest group and worked for Delta Corporation (SAB) and the JSE's Inspectorate division.

* Audit committee
◊ Risk committee
† Remuneration and nominations committee
° Executive director
• Social, ethics and transformation committee

Information as at 24 February 2015.