Our Board of Directors as at 2 April 2020

Executive Directors
Mitchell Slape
(52)
Chief Executive Officer
Associate since 2019
Appointed 1 Sep 2019
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Skills: international finance, international mergers and acquisitions, operational management, ecommerce, marketing and strategy
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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.
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Mohammed Abdool-Samad
(49)
Chief Financial Officer
Associate since 2019
Appointed 1 Aug 2019
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Skills:finance, audit, risk management and mergers and acquisitions
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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.
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Non-independent non-Executive Directors
Susan Muigai
(50)
Executive Vice President, People & Corporate Affairs at Walmart Canada
Appointed
26 May 2017
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Skills:compliance, internal audit, risk management, international real estate, corporate affairs, legal and human resources
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Susan has had broad exposure in a variety of senior positions within Walmart. Early in her career, she had oversight over the compliance and internal audit areas where she drove results through strong partnerships with the business. This was followed by global assignments to markets such as India, where she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer as well as experience at Walmart’s US Headquarters where she oversaw International Real Estate and supported real estate strategy and growth in the markets. She currently has responsibility for leading Walmart Canada’s talent strategy in support of the organization and ensuring that the company’s workforce is positioned not only for today but for the future. Susan’s portfolio also includes Corporate Affairs which enables alignment between the company’s internal and external brand in the communities in which Walmart serves.
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Charles Redfield
(53)
Executive Vice President, Food, Walmart U.S.
Appointed
25 February 2020
Skills:operations, merchandising, strategy, assortment, private brands and food sourcing
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Charles is the executive vice president of the Walmart U.S food division. He is responsible for the overall strategy, assortment, private brands and sourcing for all of Walmart’s U.S business food categories. Since assuming the role in 2015, and because of the size of the business he leads, Charles and his team have contributed significantly to 21 consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales performance at Walmart U.S.
Charles’ career at Walmart began as a cashier at Sam’s Club in 1988 while attending college at the University of Arkansas. After completing his degree, Charles began his full-time career as an assistant manager with Sam’s Club and progressed into further leadership roles in field operations. Charles briefly left Sam’s Club to work for the Canadian retailer, Hudson Bay, in 1998 and returned to Sam’s Club in 1999 as a director of operations. He then joined the merchandising team leading the fresh division. In 2001, he was promoted to vice president and divisional merchandise manager followed by senior vice president and general merchandise manager.
Charles’ international experience grew further when he served as the chief merchandising officer of ASDA, Walmart’s U.K. subsidiary. During his two years with ASDA, Charles brought renewed simplicity, clarity and purpose to the U.K. merchant team, and played an integral role in the price leadership and quality step-change experienced by U.K. customers. Charles returned to the U.S. in May 2012 to serve as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Sam’s Club, having sourcing and merchandising responsibility for the brand’s more than 650 locations nationwide.
Originally from Bentonville, Ark., Charles graduated from the University of Arkansas. He is on the board of the global Walmart Foundation, as well as the boards of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, the Razorback Foundation at the University of Arkansas, and Bentonville-based Arvest Bank.
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John Peter (JP) Suarez
(56)
Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Walmart International
Appointed
27 February 2019
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Skills:international retail, international technology, international supply chain, international leverage, logistics, real estate and digital and online in retail
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JP was previously a Walmart-Appointed nominee on the Board until his resignation on 26 May 2017. With his extensive international retail experience and knowledge of the Massmart business, JP will add significant value to the Massmart business and Board discussions. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Walmart International with responsibility for International Technology, International Supply Chain and International Leverage, and previously held various senior executive roles including, more recently as Executive Vice President, Realty for Walmart U.S.A.
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Independent non-Executive Directors
Kuseni Dlamini
(52)
Chairman of the Board and Nominations Committee
Appointed
10 April 2014
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Skills:finance, emerging markets and international mining
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Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries. He was recently appointed co-Chairman of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), one of South Africa’s leading business schools and is a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in SA. Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this, he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa and a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American plc in London and was Director of Anglo Platinum.
He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum and, during the same year and month, Miningx selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity’. In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis.
Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities, which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and is the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).
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Nolulamo (‘Lulu’) Gwagwa
(60)
Chairperson of the Social and Ethics Committee
Appointed
1 November 2006
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Skills:finance, investments, public works and infrastructure
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After studying abroad, Dr Gwagwa took up a position in 1992 as a senior lecturer at the University of Natal’s Department of Town and Regional Planning. From 1995 to 1998 she became the deputy director general in the National Department of Public Works. During this period, she also served as the presidential appointee on the Commission on Provincial Government and as Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Local Government Transformation. From 1998 until 2003 she became the CEO of the Independent Development Trust (IDT). She is currently the CEO of Lereko Investments, a black-owned investment company. She also serves as non-Executive Director of FirstRand and Sun International and is the Chairperson of Aurecon Africa.
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Olufunke (Funke) Ighodaro
(56)
Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committees
Appointed
24 May 2018
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Skills:finance, audit, risk, mergers and acquisitions, FMGC and telecommunications
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Funke has previously served as Executive Director of Barloworld Limited, Chief Financial Officer of Tiger Brands Limited and Primedia Limited and Executive Director of Kagiso Trust Investments and Managing Director of its private equity business. She has also served as Independent non-Executive Director of Datatec Limited, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Members’ Advisory Board for Africa, UAC of Nigeria Limited and as Audit Committee Chairman and Independent non-Executive Director of Transaction Capital Limited. She also previously served as interim CFO and Executive Director of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited, (formerly Etisalat Nigeria).
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Phumzile Langeni*
(45)
Deputy Chairman, Lead Independent Director and Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee
Appointed
25 August 2004
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Skills:stockbroking, finance, investor relations and economics
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A stockbroker by training, Phumzile is Executive Chairman of Afropulse Group Proprietary Limited, non-Executive Chairman of the Mineworkers Investment Company Proprietary Limited and Primedia Holdings. Phumzile also serves as an Independent non-Executive Director on some companies listed on the JSE, amongst others Imperial Holdings Limited, Redefine Properties Limited. Phumzile was on the 16th April 2018 appointed by His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa as one of four Special Investment Envoys tasked with raising $100 billion over a five-year period. Phumzile previously served as an Economic Advisor to the former Minister of Minerals and Energy Ms. BP Sonjica.
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Lindiwe Mthimunye
(46)
Appointed
27 February 2019
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Skills:accounting, operational management, investment banking, FMGC, retail and commercial real estate
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Lindiwe brings to the Board a wealth of accounting, operational management, investment banking, FMCG, retail and commercial real estate experience. She has previously held a variety of senior and executive leadership roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer of Petro SA and is currently the Managing Director of Petroleum Investments Partners. She is also a seasoned and experienced non-Executive Director, having held board roles in listed and non-listed entities in a number of sectors including in: retail, FMCG, construction, automotive and financial services. She currently serves on the Boards and Committees of large corporates, including Pioneer Foods Limited, Torre Industries Limited, Metrofile Limited and Sabvest Limited.
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* Resigned as a member of the Audit and Risk Committees, effective 21 May 2020.