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Executive Commitee

Mitchell Slape (52)

Masters of International Finance - Thunderbird School of Global Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Finance - Wichita State University.

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mitch joined Massmart on 1 September 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He has been with Walmart since 1995 and has held several important leadership positions, including global roles in Argentina, Korea, Mexico, Japan and the International Support Center. In his leadership roles, Mitch led all merger and acquisition activity for Walmart International, assumed responsibility for Superama Supermarkets in Mexico and ran operations for the India business prior to joining the Walmart US team. Mitch joined Walmart Japan in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Store Operations, eCommerce, Marketing and Format Strategy segments of the Japan business. Mitch is fluent in Spanish and received his Masters of International Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management and his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Wichita State University.

Mohammed Abdool-Samad (48)

BCom (UKZN), CA (SA)

Group Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Massmart, Mohammed was Group Finance Director at Illovo Sugar, Africa since 2011. Before Illovo Sugar, he spent a decade in various executive finance roles within Anglo American plc. Mohammed is a qualified CA (SA) and has a BCom from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mohammed joined the Massmart Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officer on 1 August 2019.

Sandile Lukhele (46)

LL.B from the University of Witwatersrand, and B. Juris from University of the Western Cape.

Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Group Company Secretary, Massmart

Sandile joined Massmart October 2020, as SVP, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary. In addition to this role, he serves as a member of Massmart’s Executive Committee. Sandile has more than 22 years of legal experience in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, advisory in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt restructuring transactions, lending and structured transactions, B-BBEE and equity equivalent transactions.

Prior to joining the company, Sandile served as a partner and Head of Legal with PwC South Africa, and he has worked with a number of law firms both global and locally focused.
Admitted as an attorney of the High Court South Africa, Sandile received his LL.B from the University of Witwatersrand, and B. Juris from University of the Western Cape.

Dr. Liziwe Masoga

PHD Consulting Psychology – Unisa

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Executive

Dr. Masoga joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2020.

Dr. Liziwe Masoga is a seasoned Executive who has worked in Retail and Financial Services industries over the last 25 years. Prior to joining Massmart, Dr. Masoga was the Executive for People, Brand & Customer Experience at Old Mutual Insure, and Head of People Operations and Discovery Holdings. Dr Masoga holds a Doctorate in Consulting Psychology and completed an Executive Development Programme through Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in London. Dr. Masoga has had several speaking engagements through conferences, seminars and roundtables. Her ability to use storytelling in addressing complex and sometimes sensitive topics makes her relatable.

Louise Lackay-Walters (36)

BCom (Law), LLB (University of Stellenbosch)

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Louise graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005 after completing a BComm (law) and LLB degree. Her professional journey started in a boutique law firm, Senekal Simmonds Inc, where she served her articles and later practiced as a lawyer under the guidance of John Senekal. In 2010 she joined Total South Africa as a junior legal advisor and subsequently held various positions including serving as the Ethics Compliance and Risk Manager for 3 years. In this role she reported to the Finance and Risk Committee and the Transformation, Social and Ethics Committee of the Total Board of Directors. Louise has extensive experience in the implementation of ethics and compliance programmes covering Anti-Corruption, Anti-Fraud, Anti-Trust, Economic Sanctions and Protection of Personal Information in South Africa and sub-Saharan countries. She was also the Chairperson of the Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Total.

She joined Massmart In January 2019 as the Anti-Corruption Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee in June 2019.

Richard Inskip (57)

BCom (UPE)

Chief Operating Officer

After graduating Richard worked for a number of companies during the 1980’s, including Edgars and SPL. Richard joined Woolworths in 1991. He was appointed to the board in 1998 and retired as the Director Operations and Financial Services (Group COO) in 2008 having served on the Holding company and multiple subsidiary boards. Richard served as the Chairman of the Wooltru Healthcare fund for 6 years as well as a trustee of the Pension fund. During this period he was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Goods Council of SA and served on the external boards of Netactive and Business Recovery Services and attended a Strategic Management course at Harvard. After retiring from Woolworths, Richard spent some time developing and operating a game and hospitality ranch. He then co-founded Cafeine Retail Consulting which serves most of the large South African retail companies, as well as co-founding a food manufacturing company, Food by Staple. Richard served as a retail advisor to 8 Miles plc (pan African private equity fund) and served on the AVI board until he joined Massmart in January 2017.

Doug Jones (46)

BCom, PGDA (UCT), CA (SA)

Massmart Wholesale Chief Executive

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 Doug moved to Toronto, Canada with Deloitte.  After spending a year with MarketLink Enterprises, an eCommerce consultancy, he joined Coca-Cola Enterprises in Toronto for a number of years before returning to South Africa to join ABI (The Soft Drink Division of SAB Limited).  Doug joined Makro as Finance Director in 2007 and became Commercial Director in 2010. Doug was appointed Divisional Managing Director in September 2012, and joined the Massmart Executive Committee at the same time. He was appointed as Divisional CEO in April 2014, and was Chairman of the Massmart Pension and Provident Funds from 2009 until 2015.

Brian Leroni (55)

BA (Wits), MPhil (Stellenbosch)

Senior Vice President Massmart Corporate Affairs

Brian’s work experience includes executive positions at Masstores Proprietary Limited, an associate partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Marketing Director at CNA. He joined Massmart as Group Projects Executive in September 2004 and was appointed Group Corporate Affairs Executive in September 2005. Brian joined the Massmart Executive Committee in July 2007.

Llewellyn Walters (56)

BA, LLB (Wits)

Massmart Retail Chief Executive

Llewellyn spent thirteen years in the banking industry where he held senior positions in a number of specialist financial institutions before joining ABSA. In June 2003, Llewellyn joined Super Group, a JSE-listed supply chain and logistics company where his last position was Divisional MD responsible for the group’s African operations. He joined Massmart in November 2008 as Divisional Chief Executive for Builders Warehouse, later becoming responsible for the whole division, and was appointed to the Massmart Executive Committee upon joining.

Varsha Dayaram (42)

(CA) SA

Senior Vice President Massmart Financial Services

Varsha joined Massmart in March 2018 as Group Financial Services: Finance Executive. She has 18 years of Financial Services experience and has been instrumental in the growth of financial services in Massmart. Prior to this, Varsha held various leadership roles within the Corporate and Investment Banking team at Standard Bank, including Transactional Product Services: South African Sales Head – Strategic Segment; Leveraged Finance; and Coverage: Unit Head. She also spent four years at Alexander Forbes as Executive Head: Business Development. Varsha qualified as a CA(SA) in 2002 and completed the International Executive Development Programme via GIBS and the University of Rotterdam in 2009.

Varsha was appointed Group Financial Services Executive and joined the Massmart Executive Committee on 1 August 2019.

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