Oceana Group

Wednesday, 26 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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Executive Committee


1. Francois Paul Kuttel (47)

BAA (University of San Diego)
Chief Executive Officer
Oceana Group
Number of years' service – 6
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.


2. Neville Donovan Brink (55)

Managing director
Blue Continent Products
Number of years' service – 20
Neville obtained his marketing qualifications with the Institute of Marketing Management in Johannesburg. He worked in various marketing and sales positions at Adcock Ingram, before moving to Federal Marine, and then Oceana as marketing director of the Oceana Fishing Division. Neville was appointed managing director of Oceana Lobster, Calamari Fishing and Lamberts Bay Foods in 2005 and assumed the position of managing director of Blue Continent Products from 1 February 2011.


3. Lourens de Waal (49)

HND in Cost & Management Accounting (CapeTech)
Managing director
Lucky Star Marketing and Sales
Number of years' service – 4
Lourens worked for I&J from 1994 to 2000 as the administration manager and then national & export distribution manager. He joined Vector in 2000, holding the position of general manager for sales and distribution while it was part of the I&J business and was then appointed as customer and supply chain director at Vector Logistics in 2007. Lourens attended the Executive Development Programme of UCT & Michigan University and is a member of several international industry bodies. He joined Oceana on 1 December 2011.


4. Jayesh Jaga (46)

BA LLB (University of Western Cape)
Managing Director
Oceana Lobster, Squid and Fries
Number of years' service – 13
Jayesh has been employed within the Oceana Group for the past 13 years and has held various managerial positions namely that of Commercial Manager for BCP, Commercial Director for Lobster, Squid, Fries, and International New Business Manager for Lucky Star. His most recent position was that of Group Compliance and Risk Manager. He has experience and knowledge in the fishing industry through his portfolios in commercial, legal, new business development, compliance, and risk.


5. Bonga Derrick Mavume (41)

BSc (Hons) University of Fort Hare; MBA University of Stellenbosch
Managing Executive
Africa operations
Number of years' service – 5 months
Bonga brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Oceana Group’s Managing Executive of Africa Operations, having previously held key positions in a number of other leading South African companies including; Director of Business Development at RCL Foods, Manging Director of Foodcorp Sunbake Bakeries and Agricultural Director at Rainbow Chicken.

Bonga Mavume graduated from Fort Hare University in 1997 with honours in a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture before completing a MBA at the University of Stellenbosch.


6. Naudé Rademan (36)

BCom (Stellenbosch University)
Managing director
CCS Logistics
Number of years' service – 1
Naudė has been working in the Logistics and Supply Chain industry for the last 12 years, he was previously the General Manager of Value Logistics, responsible for the Western Cape and Namibian operations. Prior to this, he was the General Manager at Vector Logistics, responsible for the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Namibian operations. A position he held for 5 years. He holds an Economic and Logistics Degree from the University of Stellenbosch. He joined Oceana on 3 November 2014.


7. Gavin Andrew Rhodes-Harrison (62)

BSc Bldg Mgmt (UND)
Daybrook Fisheries
Number of years' service – 16
On graduation, Gavin held various managerial and senior leadership positions in project management, specialised engineering and construction and general management. Gavin joined the Oceana Fishing Division in 1999 and was appointed managing director of Oceana Operations in 2002 and of Lucky Star in 2005.


8. Suleiman Salie (49)

BSc Mech Eng (Cape Town)
Managing director
Lucky Star Operations
Number of years' service – 5
Suleiman graduated in 1989 and joined I&J in 1990 as a graduate engineer. After progressing into management positions in the engineering and production disciplines of I&J's processing plants, he was appointed operations director in 2004. In this position, which he held until 2010, he provided strategic leadership to I&J's fishing operations. He represents Oceana on a number of fishing industry associations.


9. Imraan Soomra (40)

BCompt (Hons), CA(SA), PLD Harvard Business School
Group Financial Director
Number of years' service – 2
Imraan 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.


10. Nomaxabiso Norma Teyise (35)

BA (Hons) (NMMU); Advanced Programme in OD (Unisa); IEDP (Wits)
Group Human Resources Executive
Oceana Group
Number of years' service – 10 months
Nomaxabiso graduated with a postgraduate degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 1999. She has worked both as an HR generalist and specialist in the banking sector since the year 2000. The companies she has worked for include Standard Bank, Deutsche Bank and Nedbank. She was a Human Resources Executive at Nedbank from 2012 to 2015 before joining Oceana.

Information as at 1 May 2016


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