Oceana Group

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014,

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

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Francois Paul Kuttel°◊• (45)

BAA (University of San Diego)
Chief executive officer
Oceana Group
Number of years' service – 3
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.

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Neville Donovan Brink◊ (53)

Managing director
Blue Continent Products
Number of years' service – 25
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.

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Alethea Berenice Anne Conrad°◊• (50)

BA LLB (Rhodes)
Group strategic services director
Oceana Group
Number of years' service – 13
Lea was admitted as an attorney in 1989 and practiced as an attorney before joining Transnet as a legal advisor 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, and in 2007, a member of the board. In 2004 she was appointed group transformation manager and a member of the Oceana executive. In April 2008, she became managing director of Blue Continent Products' Hake Division.

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Lourens de Waal◊ (47)

HND in Cost & Management Accounting (CapeTech)
Managing director
CCS Logistics
Number of years' service – 1
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.

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Imraan Soomra° (39)

BCom (Hons), CA(SA), PLD Harvard Business School
Group financial director
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.

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Gavin Andrew Rhodes-Harrison◊ (60)

BSc Bldg Mgmt (UND)
Managing director
Lucky Star
Number of years' service – 13
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.

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Suleiman Salie◊ (47)

BSc Mech Eng (Cape Town)
Managing director
Oceana Lobster, Calamari Fishing and Lamberts Bay Foods
Number of years' service – 2
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.

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Zani Mashinini◊ (36)

B Soc Science, Rhodes University (Hons), Postgraduate in Global Human Resources, University of Liverpool (UK)
Group Human Resources Manager
Oceana Group
Number of years' service – Joined February 2014
Zani’s career in Human Resources began in 1997 when she embarked on her Social Sciences studies with Rhodes University and recently completed a Postgraduate in Global Human Resources with the University of Liverpool. She has spent time working as a Human Resources professional for several corporations both within South Africa and The United Kingdom. She was a Human Resources Executive at South African Breweries before joining Oceana. Zani was appointed group HR manager in 2014.


° Executive director
• Social, ethics and transformation committee
◊ Risk committee

Information as at 26 August 2014.