Integrated Annual Report 2021
Integrated Annual Report 2021

Our Executive Committee

The Massmart Executive Committee, is a diverse and experienced management team, which is chaired by our Chief Executive Officer and comprises our Chief Financial Officer and ten other members of senior management.
Mitchell Slape (54)
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed to Massmart and Committee Sep 2019
Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Finance and Masters of International Finance

Value added to the Committee: Over 25 years of Walmart-international retail experience, strategic leadership, governance, e-commerce, finance acumen
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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 (51)
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed to Massmart and Committee Aug 2019
Qualifications: BCom CA (SA)

Value added to the Committee: Strategic leadership, governance, finance acumen
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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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Chwayita Mareka (49)
Senior Vice President
Appointed to Massmart and Committee Jan 2022
Qualifications: National Diploma in Public Management & Administration, Management Development Programme, MBA (UNISA), MSc Organisational Psychology (London)

Value added to the Committee: Over 20 years of extensive human resource and talent development experience
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Chwayita joined Massmart from Rhodes Food Group where she had been the Group Human Resources Director since July 2019. Prior to that, she spent several years at Engen, where she held various roles in the Human Resources function; progressing through the leadership ranks.

Chwayita has a National Diploma in Public Management & Administration, Management Development Programme (MDP), Master of Business Administration from the University of South Africa and a Master of Science in Organisational Psychology from the University of London.
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Varsha Dayaram (45)
Senior Vice President: Group Financial Services
Appointed to Massmart Mar 2018
Appointed to Committee Aug 2019
Qualifications: BCom CA (SA)

Value added to the Committee: Over 18 years of extensive financial services experience
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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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Louise Lackay-Walters (39)
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Appointed to Massmart Jan 2019
Appointed to Committee Jun 2019
Qualifications: BCom (Law), LLB (Stellenbosch)

Value added to the Committee: Legal and regulatory competence and governance, extensive experience in ethics and compliance programmes in South Africa and sub-Saharan countries
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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.
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Brian Leroni (57)
Senior Vice President: Corporate Affairs
Appointed to Massmart Sep 2004
Appointed to Committee Jul 2007
Qualifications:BA (Wits), Mphil (Stellenbosch)

Value added to the Committee: Prior marketing Director, consulting experience and key executive roles at Massmart since appointment
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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.
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Sandile Lukhele (47)
Senior Vice President: General Counsel and Company Secretary
Appointed to Massmart and Committee Oct 2020
Qualifications: B.Juris (Western Cape), LL.B (Wits)

Value added to the Committee: Over 22 years of corporate and commercial legal experience
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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.
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Llewellyn Walters (58)
Chief Executive Senior Vice President: Massmart Retail
Appointed to Massmart and Committee Nov 2008
Qualifications: BA, LLB (Wits)

Value added to the Committee: Over 13 years at Massmart, from Chief Executive of Builders to Massmart Retail, and most recently Massmart Wholesale. Extensive finance, supply chain and logistics expertise prior to joining Massmart
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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.
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Herman Venter (40)
Vice President: Builders
Appointed to Massmart May 2013
Appointed to Committee Jan 2022
Qualifications: BCom Honors Financial Management (UP), BCom Economics (UP), MBA (Wits), CGMA

Value added to Committee: Over 18 years Retail experience including IT, Operations, Finance, Rebates, Marketing and Merchandise
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Herman has over 18 years Retail experience having fulfilled roles in IT, Operations, Finance, Rebates, Marketing and Merchandise. Herman Joined Builders in 2013 within the merchandise division, taking over leadership as Vice President of Builders Merchandise in 2019. He was appointed as Vice President for Builders in August 2021.
Herman has acquired a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Financial Management Services (2003) and then in Economic Sciences in 2004, completing his honours degree in Finance in 2006. In 2010 Herman qualified with the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Professional Qualification and in 2014 he completed his MBA through Wits.
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Andrew Stein (41)
Vice President: Game
Appointed to Massmart Jul 2010
Appointed to Committee Jan 2022
Qualifications: B. Business Science, Actuarial Science & Statistics (UCT) MBA (New York

Value added to the Committee: Strategic analysis and leadership experience. Over 11 years at Massmart, from marketing and strategy Director of Cambridge to marketing and e-commerce Director at Makro, and most recently the Vice President of Game
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Andre graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Actuarial Science in 2002 and from New York University with an MBA in 2007. After spending 7 years at Mckinsey & Company servicing clients across a broad range of industries and functional areas Andrew joined Massmart as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cambridge Food. He has since held the positions of Marketing Director of Cambridge Food and Marketing and eCommerce Director of Makro. Andrew was appointed to the position of Vice President Game in July 2019.
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Sylvester John (45)
Senior Vice President: Group e-commerce
Appointed to Massmart Feb 2021
Appointed to Committee Jan 2022
Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Administration: marketing and management (North Florida)

Value added to the Committee: Strategic initiatives, marketing and human resources. Previous experience as an Executive in Massmart West Africa and in fresh grocery management at Walmart US. More recently founded and led last mile delivery in Walmart US prior to re-joining Massmart
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Previously in the Walmart US eCommerce business, Sylvester founded and led last mile delivery, growing it into a multi-billion-dollar operation. Earlier in eCommerce, he also had responsibility for store (grocery) pickup field operations across select US regions, business development, digital customer experience, new customer propositions, and internal governance. Preceding his time in eCommerce, he served as the Massmart West Africa Executive for 2 years, before which he had had numerous experiences in various departments within the fresh grocery merchandising unit of Walmart US, including managing a large Dairy portfolio.

Prior to Walmart, Sylvester was Marketing Specialist with United Parcel Service’s (UPS) North Florida and had a long career with the international development organization, Enactus, where he was International President and founding head of their Office for Strategic Initiatives. He graduated from the University of North Florida (UNF) with Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in both Marketing and Management and pursued an MBA at Webster University.
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Jonathan Molapo (53)
Chief Operating Officer
Appointed to Massmart and Committee Jan 2022
Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics (Laurentian University)

Value added to the Committee: Over 25 years of local and international leadership experience, including a strong understanding of retail and operations
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Jonathan Molapo, who most recently served as the CEO of Astron Energy, has joined Massmart effective as of 17 January 2022 as our new Chief Operating Officer. Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served in various leadership positions over the last 25 years both in South Africa and internationally in various companies. In addition to his most recent role at Astron. Jonathan has also served in key leadership roles at Puma Energy, Total, Vodacom and Rank Xerox. In these roles, Jonathan has developed strong understanding of retail, particularly through his leadership of retail forecourt development in the petrol service station environment. At the same time, he brings with him a keen ability to delve deeply into operations and has the ability to develop and inspire teams – particularly in a matrix setting. Reporting to Jonathan will be Brett McDougall, Head of Technology, Martin Halle, VP Group Supply Chain, Trish Vosse, VP Central Operations and Terrina Pather, VP Group Data and Analytics.
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Our Executive Committee as at 8 April 2022